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Suwanee delays vote on gas station

SUWANEE — QuikTrip Corp. has its sights set on the piece of property located at the intersection of Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road and Satellite Boulevard.

A rezoning request for the land located at 3359 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road was listed as the first item to be heard at the city’s Tuesday evening city council meeting.

The second item was a request for a special-use permit for a proposed car wash on that same 3.96-acre parcel. Michael Sullivan, the attorney representing QuikTrip and car wash applicant Eugene Walls, announced that his clients had requested a 30-day postponement before council members vote on the both matters.

Sullivan requested the postponement because he and his clients have been working with potential neighbors to improve the plan and to allow his clients to be good citizens in the Suwanee Gateway area.

“We’re already on version 2.0 …as a result of ongoing dialog with city stakeholders,” said Sullivan.

Although the postponement was granted, with the matter now scheduled to be heard on Oct. 26, residents were given the opportunity Tuesday to voice their opinions. Two city residents spoke in opposition to the plan, citing traffic congestion and a glut of gas stations along that corridor on Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road.

Tom McConnell, who lives on Smithtown Road in Suwanee, pointed out that the city spent almost $100,000 on a Comprehensive Plan, and construction of another gas station and car wash would be in complete opposition to what the Plan proposes.

“The Comprehensive Plan isn’t even 12 months old, and we’re thinking about going against it already,” said McConnell. He also questioned whether a gas station that sells alcohol should be located so near a day care center.

Michael Harper, also a city resident, agreed with McConnell that the heavily traveled Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road does not need another gas station.

Bradham family recognized

Mayor Dave Williams gave special recognition Tuesday evening to the Bradham family, two parents and six sons who have produced three generations of Eagle Scouts. Twin sons Spencer and Trevor were the most recent family members to receive the distinguished honor, making them the 7th and 8th family members to do so. The boys’ grandfather, father and four older brothers have all earned the Eagle Scout award.

Ned Bradham, the boys’ dad, gave most of the credit to his wife Ann for her tireless support of the strenuous tasks that scouting dictates over a young lifetime.

“Scouting teaches young men about being men,” Bradham said.

Williams presented the family with a proclamation declaring today “Bradham Family Day” in Suwanee.