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Friday, 28 August 2015 17:36

Woodstock, GA Approves Kia Dealership and Body Shop Rezoning

Several months after it rejected a bid from a developer to build a car dealership near the Brookshire neighborhood, the Woodstock City Council approved a request build the project in another location.

The City Council on August 24 voted 4-1, with Ward 1 Councilman Warren Johnson opposing, a request from Carriage Woodstock LLC to rezone 14.9 acres along Rope Mill Road from light industrial to general commercial with a conditional use permit to allow for automobile sales.

Council member Bud Leonard was not present.

The land is on the east side of Rope Mill Road, north of Ridgewalk Parkway and the Kirk-Rudy manufacturing plant and south of Olde Rope Mill Park.

The proposed site plan is a total of 67,500 square feet, including 45,000 for the Kia dealership, 20,000 for the body shop and 2,500 for the car wash.

Parks Huff, attorney for the applicant, said it’s been ”a long time getting here,” as the company has worked on a proposal that would work for everyone.

In October, the Council unanimously rejected a request from Carriage to rezone 5.95 acres on the northside of Ridgewalk Parkway and west of Interstate 575 from form-based code infill village to special district transect with nine variances to accommodate their proposal.

This newest location, which is north of the Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta, could “not be a better location for this business,” Huff added.

Kia plans to bring about 70 new jobs and invest $15 million in its facility, all of which will be done in Woodstock.

“It’s putting jobs in the city, and I think that is very, very important to look at,” he added.

A few residents who live in the Meridian at Ridgewalk subdivision spoke out against the plan. One resident said there was little knowledge about the case and the Council meeting.

He also said he did not want to see an auto dealership built near Olde Rope Mill Park.

Jack Tubb stated he’d like to see the city impose limitations on when dumpsters can pick up trash from the facility. He told the council he’s heard operators collecting trash from Marlow’s Tavern and Applebee’s well past 10 p.m.

It’s an issue the city is already addressing, Public Works Director Pat Flood told the council later during the discussions. Flood said the city has sent letters to those eateries, reminding them of the city’s ordinance outlining the time when waste collection is allowed.

Johnson proposed tabling the matter so more residents can have a chance to weigh in on and learn about the proposal. Councilman Chris Casdia disagreed, adding he heard there had been previous opportunities for residents to meet with the applicant to review the plan.

“It wasn’t a surprise based on what I heard,” he said of the case.

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