Buford to buy land for new high school

BUFORD — The Buford City Commission on Monday agreed to purchase 30 acres of land for the eventual location of a new high school.

The commission agreed to purchase land adjacent to Buford Elementary School at 2500 Sawnee Avenue and Buford High School at 2750 Sawnee Ave.

Commission Chairman Phillip Beard said there is no timetable set for construction of a new high school but that acquisition of land is only the first step in the planning process for building a new facility.

The commission authorized the city attorney to proceed with the acquisition of the land by eminent domain or any means necessary.

The commission also denied a special-use permit for a potential downtown business that wanted to buy and sell cars over the Internet.

The applicant, Eric Sagro, wanted to buy and sell cars over the Internet and have the cars shipped to customers. The application was denied because the site is located in the downtown Buford area which is zoned primarily for light retail uses and it did not conform to adjacent business uses.

In other items, the commission terminated an automatic lease option renewal for the period of July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2021, between the city of Buford and the Buford American Legion Home Inc., Post Number 127. The automatic lease renewal was in a Lease of Land for use as a park dated July 1, 1991.