Ball Ground officials have annexed a house built in the 1940s, which the owners plan to preserve and use as a rental property.
The Ball Ground City Council gave its final approval to annex and rezone 1.57 acres of land at 125 Old Canton Road last Thursday.
Property owner Lee Lusk, who is also on the Cherokee County Planning Commission, said he and his wife were looking to renovate the house, which he was told dates back to the 1940s, and use it as a rental property. However, the Lusks were waiting on the property to be annexed into the city before beginning their renovation work, which they estimated would take around three months to complete. This marks the 33rd such project the Lusks have taken on, with previous projects including The Wheeler House in Ball Ground, as well as the relocation and restoration of Macedonia Baptist Church.
After approving the annexation of the property, the council then moved to rezone the land from residential requiring lots of at least 40,000 square feet to traditional neighborhood development within the city’s Valley Overlay District, bringing it more in line with other properties in the area.
“It was an island (of unincorporated Cherokee County) surrounded by city property, and now that it’s been annexed, the zoning surrounding it is what’s being requested,” Mayor Rick Roberts said.
The Ball Ground City Council took one final action on the case, approving a map amendment to the Valley Overlay District in order for this property to be included in the district.
In May, the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners approved communicating to Ball Ground they had no objections to the annexation.