Lilburn City Council OKs loan for authority to buy restaurant

LILBURN -- A loan to purchase the old Blue Rooster Restaurant and Bakery, located in the heart of Lilburn on Main Street, was approved Monday night by the Lilburn City Council.

This business was a popular establishment for breakfast, lunch and special occasions until it closed in December 2010.

The Council approved a loan of $40,000 to the city's Downtown Development Authority to buy the building and adjoining parking lot in an effort to attract a restaurant or business to the area.

"We desire to get a restaurant in there," Councilman Eddie Price said, adding that other types of businesses also will be considered.

According to Councilman Tim Dunn, the total price for the property is $160,000.

"We're getting it for an amazingly low price," he said. "We have to have it occupied."

The council also amended the city's zoning ordinance to bring it in compliance with existing codes in the U.S. and Gwinnett County.The amendment clears up conflicts in definitions in the zoning ordinance, first passed in 1986.

"This will give property owners a chance to redevelop vacant property on the U.S. Highway 29 corridor," said Doug Stacks, director of planning and development.The amendment does not change any current laws.

In addition, minor changes in the city's zoning map will be considered at the November council meeting.

In other business, the Council: Adopted an official policy regarding the city's General Fund Balance (usually about six months) because of a mandate from the state.

Corrected the title for Kaleigh Frederick to assistant to the superintendent/absentee ballot clerk for the 2011 City of Lilburn General/Special Election on Nov. 8.The election will be held at the city's municipal complex, and early/absentee voting begins from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. In addition, there will be a candidate forum on Monday.The mayor and two city council seats are on the ballot.

It also was announced that Saturday is the date for the next Lilburn Garage Sale set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.