Norcross officials approve auto repair shop on Goshen Springs Road

NORCROSS — City council members voted Monday to approve an auto repair shop at 5994 Goshen Springs Road, despite some concerns raised by mayor pro tem Keith Shewbert and others. According to Shewbert, adequate parking is a possible concern, but of even greater concern is approval of an auto repair shop in an area of the city not best suited for such a business.

“There are other areas in the city that are better suited for (an auto repair) business,” Shewbert said. “It’s bad policy to set a condition, then hand it off to Ordinance Enforcement to watch,” Shewbert added, referring to a condition of the special-use approval that prohibits the shop owner from working on cars outside the building. That condition could only be enforced by keeping a watch on the business, a task performed by officers.

Councilman Charlie Riehm said he would much rather a high-end BMW repair shop move into the location, than to see the space continue to remain empty.

Councilmen Andrew Hixson, Craig Newton, David McLeroy and Riehm voted to approve the permit; Shewbert cast the only dissenting vote.

City establishes Public Arts Commission

Council members also voted to approve formation of a new board, which will replace the Norcross Arts Alliance. The Norcross Public Arts Commission is established, according to Mayor Bucky Johnson, not to interfere with the other arts organizations in the city, but to streamline and coordinate communication between the various organizations.

Gateway sign design approved

A conceptual design for a sign to be erected at Buford Highway and Holcomb Bridge Road, an area considered a gateway to the city, was approved Monday. If substantial design changes should become necessary, the matter will be heard and the new design approved by Johnson and the council, before construction commences.

According to city manager Rudolph Smith, the sign will cost the city about $12,000.