Residents scrutinize package store plan

Thu, 02/16/2006 - 5:21pm
By: John Munford

The design of a proposed package store has a number of residents in Peachtree City’s Lexington Park subdivision concerned.

The store, called Katie’s, which would be across Marlbrook Lane from the now-vacant Buckhead Brewery. The proposed 6,000 sq. ft. building will also include another business.

Among area residents’ concerns are the parking area off Marlbrook Lane, as a similar parking situation for Buckhead Brewery caused a few reported “near misses” between restaurant patrons’ and residents’ cars. The latest site plan for Katie’s also features a delivery parking area off Marlbrook that drew some criticism.

The way that delivery area was designed, it would force all delivery trucks to go onto the Lexington Park subdivision, several residents said at Monday’s Planning Commission meeting.

The plan was discussed in workshop format, so no formal vote was taken on it.

Concern was also expressed about plans for a possible second building in the future on the 1.39-acre site.

The building will have to be approved by the architecture review board for the Lexington Circle retail center, which already includes a Zaxby’s restaurant and a CVS drug store.

In other business, the commission gave approval for Pathway Communities to pre-clear and grade three commercial lots on the northern end of Commerce Drive. Company representatives said the move is necessary because of the large amount of rock on the property, which will be crushed and re-used on the site.

The extensive amount of prep work on the sites have turned off potential purchasers, including a Taco Mac restaurant which backed out of a deal to buy one of the sites, Pathway officials said.

The commission also approved the concept plat for a 23-lot subdivision near Ardenlee that was recently rezoned by the Peachtree City Council. The plan includes landscaping on two lots near the AMF Industrial Park as required by council.

The subdivision will have a park area in its center that will feature some type of passive amenity, but the developer has decided not to build an initially-proposed tot lot playground, instead donating that money to the city’s recreation department.

The homes will vary in size from 2,200 to 3,200 sq. ft., and because of the CSX railroad track located across Senoia Road from the subdivision, Chadwick Homes is looking into soundproofing measures from storm windows to special insulation.

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