Tuesday, September 4, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
SUGAR HILL -- Georgia Department of Transportation's planned widening of Ga. Highway 20 in Sugar Hill is largely welcomed, but as its city council found at its monthly work session Monday night, life might be cumbersome meanwhile.
Unique Refinishers, a bathtub and ceramic tile reglazing company, was first to request that the city waive site development regulations during its shift to temporary office space on its nearly two acres at 5171 Nelson Brogdon Blvd., between Hillcrest Drive and Sycamore Road.
GDOT's planned widening requires removal of the long-existing company's main office building nearest the road, and during the several years of planned work, Unique argued the city's paved parking, driveway, curbing and sidewalk requirements would be unfeasible. Once the roughly four miles of widening between Peachtree Industrial Boulevard west to the Chattahoochee River is complete, Unique plans to rebuild a main office building and its site to city code.
City Planning Director Kaipo Awana and City Manager Bob Hail approximated some 25 businesses might be affected by the widening. They said some smaller ones might relocate, but others with the auxiliary space of Unique's might lobby the city similarly.
"There'll be others in the same boat," Awana said. "(Businesses) are going to be disturbed. (Widening is) going to be a headache pretty significantly for some years."
Hail hinted Sugar Hill might grant Unique's requested waiver at Monday's monthly public meeting, saying Gwinnett's fourth largest city must be flexible amid one of its widest-sweeping enhancements.
"We need to be sympathetic (during the) upheaval," he said. "The city wants to work with people during this interim condition. You might not have access to your property prior to (GDOT's) final design. We're sympathetic to people's needs."