New businesses approved

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By Tia Lynn Ivey

managing editor 

The city of Madison continues to oblige the development of businesses and housing throughout the city. At Monday’s regular meeting, the Madison Mayor and City Council approved two new businesses and a new manufactured home to be built. 

The council unanimously approved an in-home bakery on Churchhill Avenue, a new health and fitness center on Eatonton Road, and a double-wide manufactured home to be built on East Jefferson Street. 

Each of the applications received approval recommendations from the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission. None of the applications received complaints from the public during the open hearing at Monday evening’s meeting. 

The new in-home bakery will be owned and operated by Janice Sullivan. The conditional use will expire should Sullivan ever move out of her home. Any new business out of that location must come before the council for approval. 

“This gives her an opportunity to make income out of her house, and that’s what we want for people,” said City Councilwoman Chris Hodges before making the motion to approve the business. 

The new health and fitness center, proposed by Shawn Stephens, owner of  The Barn in Madison, LLC., will open at 1141 Eatonton Road. 

“I am excited about the activity going on in this building,” said Hodges. It’s part of our gateway. This is part of the city that has not yet been redeveloped. I think it’s good and I am grateful they have invested in this area and in this business and I plan to utilize it.” The council unanimously approved the conditional use application for the new health and fitness center. 

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