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January 12, 2023 City Council Regular Meeting
17. Petition of Josh Yellin on Behalf of Jeremy Huggins, 12500 Apache, LLC, to Secure a Special Use Permit at 12500 Apache Avenue (PIN 20861 02001) for Accessory Alcohol Sales by the Drink in Association with a Marina Restaurant. Aldermanic District 6 (File No. 22-004426-ZA).
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The petitioner is requesting approval of a Special Use Permit to establish a restaurant with onsite consumption of alcohol (File No. 004426-ZA) at 12500 Apache Avenue. This petition accompanies the request to rezone the property from RSF-E (Residential Single Family-Estate) to B-M (Maritime-Business) (File No. 22-004424-ZA). The Zoning Ordinance requires a Special Use Permit for a restaurant with on premises consumption of alcohol within the B-M district.


The parcel is located off Apache Avenue and is approximately 2.08 acres with 271-feet of frontage along Apache Avenue. The area historically operated as a restaurant with a marina called “Bells Landing”. In February 2006, the restaurant and marina were destroyed by a fire. Two neighborhood meetings were convened by the petitioner.


On December 20, 2022, the Planning Commission approved the Special Use Permit request at 12500 Apache Avenue for a restaurant with on premises consumption of alcohol within the B-M (Maritime-Business) zoning district under the following conditions:

  1. The Special Use permit shall be nontransferable.
  2. The Special Use permit shall be on-premises alcohol only.


Following the Planning Commission meeting, the petitioner also agreed to these conditions:

  1. The hours of operation shall be limited to: 11am – 9pm, Monday through Thursday; 11am-10pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
  2. Parking requirements to be met on-site.
  3. Compliance with City of Savannah Noise Ordinance.
  4. Compliance with all required setbacks and buffers.
Bridget Lidy, Senior Director, Planning & Urban Design
Financial Impact
Review Comments
Exhibit 1: MPC Recommendation for 12500 Apache (File No. 22-004426-ZA).pdf
Exhibit 2: Maps for 12500 Apache Avenue (File No. 22-004426-ZA).pdf
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