Lawrenceville OKs private helipad

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Lawrenceville City Council on Monday approved a special-use permit for a private helipad located at Family Medical Practice at 696 Grayson Highway.

The helipad has been used by pilots flying in and out for health screenings at her clinic for more than 20 years without an accident, Dr. Sheila Smith said. She sought the permit to apply for Federal Aviation Administration approval for the helipad. For safety reasons, the council required the site be fenced.

The helipad is used about 3 to 5 times a week, Smith said. There was no public opposition to her request.

The council annexed and rezoned property at 1385 Five Forks Trickum Road from residential to neighborhood business sought by Sains Associates with conditions. Regions Bank plans to build a 3,800-square-foot building on the site.

At the request of the applicant, the council tabled until its May 5 meeting a rezoning request from Mill Creek Consulting for Retail Capital Partners to rezone property at the northwest corner of Sugarloaf Parkway and Bellbrook Lane.

Retail Capital Partners is seeking rezoning from neighborhood business to general business in order to attract restaurants, a gymnastics, karate and/or fitness center, medical offices and a dry cleaner.

The rezoning has drawn opposition from nearby residents and the owner of a day care center concerned about restaurants serving alcoholic beverages.

The council passed the first reading of a request for rezoning and a special-use permit to allow the Signs and Wonder Ministry to relocate The Quinn House, a men's group home, from 185 Culver St. to 555 Hurricane Shoals Road. The second reading and final council action is due May 5.