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Some residents fired up about Kroger rezonings

DACULA - Two controversial annexations and rezonings passed in Thursday's Dacula City Council meeting allow construction of a Kroger and an L-shaped strip shopping center with nine additional commercial tracts.

Dacula annexed 31 acres in two separate motions that form a triangle between Dacula, Old Peachtree and Hurricane Shoals roads.

The motion for the Kroger project came before the City Council in July, but it died for lack of a second vote. Because the motion died rather than having been denied, the developer, Apalachee Village Partners LLC, was able to bring the request back before the council.

Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks broke a 2-2 tie on a second unpopular annexation and rezoning. Cornerstone Investment and Development Group will construct a 29,000-square-foot, L-shaped strip retail center with nine commercial tracts on 13 acres between the Kroger shopping center and Dacula Village Shopping Center. Area residents crowded the council chambers to express their disapproval of the project.

"Two-lane Dacula Road is not equipped to handle the traffic it already has, even during a school softball game," said Lowell Twining, president of the 508-home Apalachee Farms homeowners association.

Bill Maddux expressed the crowd's vehement attitude toward the projects.

"Your arrogance is unbelievable," Maddux said. "This group will go on record as the ones who opened the gate and ruined Dacula."