Brookhaven City Council members unanimously approved a rezoning request to make way for construction of a new QuikTrip convenience store and gas station on Buford Highway adjacent to Northeast Plaza.
The council unanimously approved the rezoning of the 2 acres of property at 3429 Buford Highway at its March 22 meeting, the former location of Cream Ultra Lounge. The new QuikTrip will replace the current QuikTrip located across the street at the intersection of Buford Highway and North Cliff Valley Way.
This will be the first business located on the much-anticipated Peachtree Creek Greenway park in the works — and a welcome one, according to Greenway supporters.
“This will be a gateway to the Peachtree Creek Greenway…,” said Betsy Eggers, chair of the Peachtree Creek Greenway board of directors.
When the process began of proposing development at this site, QuikTrip didn’t know about the Peachtree Creek Greenway but Peachtree Creek Greenway members said they believe this will be the last time this will happen for any business.
QuikTrip agreed to construct 5-foot wide sidewalks in the front of the store along Buford Highway and will have bike racks and also a bike repair station on site. A sidewalk on the property will connect to the planned Peachtree Creek Greenway.
The store, designed in a modern style with brick and glass, will have nearly 5,800 square-feet of space. Representatives from the store said the new location affords an increase in safety and convenience for people in the community. The store will also have 8 fuel stations, for 16 pumps, that should alleviate back up taking place at the current store.
Council member Joe Gebbia, who represents much of Buford Highway and including where the new QuikTrip will be located, welcomed the business to the city’s “hidden jewel” along the major corridor.
“The way you have worked with the Peachtree Creek Greenway park group is important. This is going to be phenomenal park and when we connect to the Atlanta Beltline …what you see there … you will see along the Buford Highway corridor,” Gebbia said.
Council member Linley Jones expressed concern for the non-English speaking families living in nearby apartment complexes, many with small children. The new convenience store, plus underground petroleum storage tanks, will be feet from their doors, Jones said.
“Their daily lives are being affected by this development but they are not here tonight” at this council meeting, she said.
QuikTrip representatives said they had been in touch with the apartment complex managers and are planning some landscaping to provide a buffer between the store’s property and the apartments. Gebbia added he and others met with those living in the apartments and residents approved of the project.
The old QuikTrip will be closed and the property sold with a deed restriction saying that it can’t be used for a future gas station.