Businessman wants car show moved

Thu, 09/06/2007 - 3:29pm
By: John Thompson

Senoia furniture magnate Frank Hollberg is not thrilled about the upcoming car show in Senoia’s historic downtown.

The car show is Sept.22 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and the city’s leaders have agreed to close Main Street to allow the more than 100 vintage cars to be displayed in the city’s business district.

But during Monday’s City Council meeting, Hollberg asked if the city couldn’t stage the car show a little differently next year.

“We had 4,000 people in the city’s park for an East Coweta band concert, so I know the park is big enough for the car show,” he said.

Hollberg offered to pay for two shuttle buses next year that would transport visitors from the city’s downtown to the park.

“Let the people park downtown, but stage the show in the park,” he said.

Hollberg, who served on the city’s Downtown Development Authority for more than six year, said he had no problem with bringing visitors to Senoia, but said shutting down the city’s Main Street was hurting his business.

Earlier this month, Hollberg sent out letters to designers and clients stating that he would be closed the day of the car show.

“There just won’t be any parking for them,” he said.

Mayor robert Belisle said the city had set aside an area for parking for downtown merchants, but Hollberg said that wasn’t big enough for his customer base.

“I need more than 30 spaces,” he said.

The City Council thanked Hollberg for his comments and said it would take his concerns under advisement.

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