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BOC denies zoning changes for Coolray projects

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to deny zoning changes for a pair of long-debated developments around Coolray Field.

The board, at the request of the applicant and recommendation of the planning commission, unanimously voted for denial of a change to proposed apartments in a 31-acre lot along Ga. Highway 20. The proposal called to increase building heights on the property from four to five stories, as well as "alter the mix of uses." Some 600 apartment units would have been included.

Attorney Lee Tucker, representing owner Brand Properties LLC, requested the denial and asked to "maintain the status quo."

Another denied proposal -- for a 19-acre lot previously under the same proposal until relationships grew sour between owners -- was more hotly contested.

The lot, along Old Peachtree Road and Ga. Highway 20, was originally zoned for commercial use as part of a master plan. Owner Garland Roberts, left in the cold after Brand Properties allegedly reneged on an agreement to purchase the property, asked for rezoning in order to build a 212-unit apartment structure.

"This property has no viable economic purpose as currently zoned," attorney Doug Dillard said, adding that "if there's ever been an unconstitutional taking of a person's property this is it."

The request was unanimously denied. Commissioner John Heard said the issue "does tear extremely at my heart strings," but called the issue a contract dispute and not a zoning one.

Comments

BufordGuy 1 year, 6 months ago

LOL. What a bunch of gullible people in Gwinnett. You do know that over 600 APARTMENTS are still part of this development, right?

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notblind 1 year, 6 months ago

So what. After the Gwinnett Braves leave town the area will become shabby like so many old shopping centers around Gwinnett.

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kevin 1 year, 6 months ago

Glad to see such a huge development has been put on hold for a while. We don't need 1,000 apartments, retail, and hotels, near that ballpark. Doyou all want more congestion in that area then there already is?

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Ashley 1 year, 6 months ago

Apartments always become ghetto in 5 years.

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BuzzG 1 year, 6 months ago

Let's sell CoolRay Field to the highest bidder, pay off the $33 million debt and use the extra $30 million to reduce taxes. Hah, fat chance. Once the politicians get their grubby hands on our money, they will NEVER give it back. Mrs. Nash is not a reformer. She is a big government politician and very much part of the pack that drove the county deep in debt.

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