Brookhaven, GA, March 23, 2016 – by Trey Benton – Brookhaven’s City Council unanimously approved two Special Land Use Permits (SLUP) allowing QuikTrip (QT) to sell beer and wine, as well as gasoline, at a new “Generation 3” QuikTrip store they intend to construct on the site of the former Cream Ultra-Lounge, located at 3249 Buford Highway.
The decision to approve the SLUP’s came after QT had to make two appearances before the City’s Planning Commission that resulted in modifications their plans to accommodate a proposed future Peachtree Creek Greenway, as well as pedestrian safety measures suggested by Planning.
The plan alterations include:
- A 5-foot sidewalk that will give pedestrians a safe connection to Buford Highway to Northeast Plaza and a gateway to the proposed Greenway
- Bike racks and repair stations
- Wider sidewalks
- Alternate routes for pedestrians
“We are excited about this project,” Attorney Shane Lanham of Mahaffey Pickens Tucker, LLP, who represents QuikTrip, told Councilmembers. “We think it’s a great example of groups coming together working to find something that works for everyone. I think it furthers the interest of the Greenway and hopefully it will be an asset for the city.”
Speaking on behalf of the Peachtree Creek Greenway, Chairperson Betsy Eggers said, “We are very excited about the three changes that QuikTrip has implemented in their plan based on our input. We have stretched them a little bit beyond their normal box, and we’re grateful for that process and that they have been amenable to it.”
Prior to voting to approve the SLUP’s, Councilwoman Linley Jones said that she was bothered by the fact that QT did not send out any notice of the store location changes in Spanish and that underground fuel storage tanks are just 20 feet from nearby residents. “Those people’s daily lives are going to be affected and they’re not here tonight, and they don’t know that this is coming. I am disturbed about that for this development and other future developments when we directly impact so significantly non-English speaking people in our community,” said Jones.
The proposed store will be roughly 5,800 square feet and sit on 2.07 acres. The existing Brookhaven location is 3,300 square feet and sits on .94 acres. According to QT, their Generation 3 stores aim to provide an upscale shopping experience and have a larger footprint as a result of expanded offerings.
QuikTrip says they will remove the canopy, gas pumps and tanks once they vacate their existing location and put a land use restriction on the property deed that when it is sold, it cannot become another gas station. They say once the new store is completed, in most cases the old location is removed and the land prepped for sale within 30 days.
The new store will be catacornered from an existing store, located at the corner of North Cliff Valley Way and Buford Hwy.
The Peachtree Creek Greenway is described as, “A transportation and recreation path along the north fork of Peachtree Creek for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other non-motorized vehicles. Providing greenspace, connecting neighborhoods, and promoting economic development and livability from Doraville to the Atlanta Beltline.” For more info. on the Peachtree Creek Greenway go here.