BOC approves rezoning near stadium

LAWRENCEVILLE - Commissioners unanimously approved a commercial rezoning Tuesday directly across the street from the new Gwinnett Braves stadium.

The rezoning of the subject property - 10 vacant acres on the 2400-2500 blocks of Buford Drive - was previously zoned for office and institutional uses.

The board's approval paves the way for a 115,100-square-foot, one-story commercial center and office complex to be built on the lot, which is adjacent to the residential Habersham Hills subdivision.

Joe Primm, who has spoken out against the proposed rezoning on behalf of his fellow homeowners of Habersham, said the people who live around that area lost for the sake of development.

"The County Commission has proven on several occasions that development interests come before that of homeowners," Primm wrote in an e-mail to the Daily Post.

He cited the decision to build the stadium "in the shadows," the waste transfer station now slated to go in next to a catholic church in Norcross and the Mall of Georgia development as specific examples.

"Remarkably, many of these decisions were originally recommended for denial by the planning department; professionals paid to provide sound and reasonable advice," Primm wrote.

Michael Sullivan, who represents RBS Development, said his client was ready to move forward with its development plan.

"We were very pleased that the Board of Commissioners followed the unanimous recommendation of the planning commission and we think this will be a great development," Sullivan said.

Calls and an e-mail request made of District 4 Commissioner Kevin Kenerly, who made the motion to approve the rezoning, were unreturned as of press time.