Sugar Hill hears building requests

SUGAR HILL -- The Sugar Hill City Council discussed several things at its monthly work session Monday night.

It considered a request to enhance the sign and facade of a two-story, multi-tennant building at 4955 Alton Tucker Blvd., the site of North Gwinnett Dental Care and a Latin market and cafe.

Specifically, building representatives are seeking to modernize the building's ground sign, as well as add crown molding, columns, gutters and paint to enhance windows and doorways of the stucco and brick building.

At issue was whether enhancements approximate architectural standards of the city's Central Business District, begun after the 12,250-square-foot building's creation eight years ago.

The council also reviewed property owner David Horne's request to convert a half-acre residence at 492 Riverside Road, near the corner of Suwanee Dam Road, to a State Farm insurance agency location. Requiring rezoning from residential to general business, the agency potentially would enhance that area's burgeoning commercial profile, one that already includes a new Kroger shopping center across Riverside and older Publix center across Suwanee Dam.

The council told representatives of Amerigas, a company that stores and delivers propane gas, that it could not seek a variance to modify its five-acre site at 4823 Lanier Ave., near the corner of Ga. Highway 20 and Railroad Avenue. Instead, the council said the company must seek rezoning from light to heavy industrial, prior to consideration of its 624-foot building addition and waivers to paving, curbing and sidewalk requirements.