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Sugar Hill house condemned

SUGAR HILL - A single-family home at 1226 Appling Road, owned by members of the family after which the road is named, was condemned during Monday's City Council meeting.

The home is owned by Donald Appling and is part of his mother's estate. During the time following his mom's passing, the unoccupied home deteriorated. The home shows signs of being occupied by vagrants, vandals have removed electrical panels, plumbing fixtures and copper wiring, the home has open holes in it and the building's foundation is damaged.

City councilmen voted unanimously to condemn the 44-year-old structure and have it demolished.

"For the safety of the neighbors," Councilman Marc Cohen said, pointing out its rodent infestation.

City Manager Bob Hail reminded Appling that the structure as it stands poses a liability for him.

Appling has the right to appeal in Gwinnett County Superior Court.

Duplex approved

Lois Drive will soon have another duplex.

City councilmen voted unanimously to approve a request for a reduction in lot size requirements that allows Allen Bain to construct a duplex on a vacant lot at 4695 Lois Drive. The lot stands in the midst of several duplexes and one quadraplex, with several single-family homes down the street. Bain displayed plans that showed a Southern-style duplex with a covered front porch constructed of HardiPlank siding with cedar shake accents.

"I live less than a mile from the site and I have an interest in keeping it a quality development," Bain said.

Currently, local residents park their cars on Bain's vacant lot.

Millage rate to remain

the same

City councilmen voted to keep the 2007 millage rate at 3.80 mills. Property taxes are calculated using the millage rate. A mill is one-tenth of one cent.