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Lawrenceville denies special use permit

Lawrenceville Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson, right, recognizes lifelong city resident and historian Mary Long by proclaiming Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, as Mary Long Day. (Photo: Deanna Allen)

Lawrenceville Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson, right, recognizes lifelong city resident and historian Mary Long by proclaiming Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, as Mary Long Day. (Photo: Deanna Allen)

Members of the Lawrenceville City Council voted unanimously Wednesday evening to deny a special use permit for a business that drew opposition from two residents.

InstaLoan, a commercial lender, had requested a special use permit to to allow the business to operate at 1124 Lawrenceville Highway in the Ingles shopping center. The city’s director of planning and zoning, Josh Ferguson, told the council the business was similar to other small financial institutions such as bail bonding, title pawns and check cashing businesses deemed “undesirable” under the city’s 2030 master plan.

The council also unanimously denied a special use permit to allow outdoor storage at 198 Gwinnett Drive, where an appliance store is in operation.

Prior to Tuesday’s regular business, the council recognized lifelong Lawrenceville resident Mary Long, with Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson proclaiming Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, Mary Long Day. Long is the city’s historian and the author of five books. She is also the guide on the city’s historic trolley tours that run during the summer.