Proposed gas station sparks residents’ ire
by Joshua Sharpe
May 05, 2013 12:00 AM | 3188 views | 1 1 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print

A plot of land at the entrance to The Estates at Brooke Park subdivision on Highway 20 across from Canton Marketplace is the proposed site of a gas station and will be on the agenda for Tuesday's Planning Commission meeting. <br>Staff/Todd Hull
A plot of land at the entrance to The Estates at Brooke Park subdivision on Highway 20 across from Canton Marketplace is the proposed site of a gas station and will be on the agenda for Tuesday's Planning Commission meeting.
Staff/Todd Hull
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CANTON — Residents near Canton Marketplace on Highway 20 may soon have another new retail neighbor in the form of a gas station at the entrance of a well-populated subdivision, and the developer planning the station said the neighbors aren’t happy about it.

A Macon-based company is seeking to rezone 3.5 acres at the entrance of the Estates at Brooke Park subdivision in hopes of building a 3,875-square-foot gas station.

The Cherokee County Zoning Commission will hear the case at its meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Cherokee Conference Center at the Bluffs.

Jim Rollins of Peach Consolidated Properties made the request of the county to rezone the land from neighborhood commercial to general commercial, which is necessary to allow construction of a gas station there.

Rollins said Friday that he held a public meeting with residents of the area in April to hear their concerns on the proposed building project.

He said they had plenty of concerns to report.

Residents in attendance at the hearing aired worries with potential disruptions to the atmosphere of their neighborhood including noise, lighting, gasoline odor and traffic, he said.

Neighbors argued any traffic caused by Rollins’ proposed gas station would only add to an already difficult congestion problem at this spot on Highway 20, the developer said.

These issues have been further complicated in recent years by the numerous new businesses opening as part of Canton Marketplace and the resulting road work.

Rollins said he thinks the neighbors’ distaste for the construction that has already taken place with the development of Canton Marketplace several years ago has spurred on their apprehensions about his gas station, but he contends that his gas station wouldn’t make things any worse.

“They are concerned about things that exist in their neighborhood now,” he said. “They’re upset I think at the traffic congestion and everything that occurred (with the other development). I think before I got (to the hearing) they were already upset from the last rezoning.”

Rollins said he has also heard concern that a side entrance may be put in, causing disturbance to residents of the Estates at Brooke Park, but said that a planned retaining wall behind the station would make that unlikely.
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luka5
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May 06, 2013
Rollins doesn't care about the people in this area-he just wants MONEY. Is he even familiar with this area and the surroundings-no! There are much better places for a gas station-pay attention to the infrastructure of the road and buildings already there. This is a hazard for multiple car accidents. Stop ruining our subdivisions and making this area less desirable to live in.
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