“NO QT HERE”: Replat of QuikTrip Lot Revoked By City, But Neighborhood Not Out
of the Woods Yet
Ronald Lall, Chair of SouthStar Community Development Corporation, ronald.lall@
Andy Schneggenburger, Land Use and Zoning Committee Chairperson for East Atlanta Community Association, firstname.lastname@example.org
What: South Atlantans for Neighborhood Development (SAND), East Atlanta Community Association (EACA) and SouthStar Community Development Corporation (SouthStar) engaged a specialist attorney and requested the City reconsider the replat of the property at the corner of Moreland and Ormewood Avenues based on five key points. This is the location where QuikTrip has proposed to build a 14-pump gas station, which neighbors and organizations on both sides of Moreland oppose. The City revoked the replat based on one of these points when it was discovered that the newly created small lot at the edge of the property did not have the required transitive yard, a 20-foot transition side yard, required for all commercial (C 1) lots.
If the replat had not been revoked - and the lot had remained divided into two C1 lots – the QuikTrip project would have been able to take advantage of a loophole that allows for gas stations to be built closer than 100 feet from private homes - if the gas station’s lot abuts another commercial lot. In this case, the larger parcel that would be used for the gas station abutted a very small lot - 20 feet at its widest point, 5 feet at its narrowest - that allowed for the gas station to be built within 15 feet of private homes. Now that the replat has been revoked, the 100-foot buffer requirement between a gas station and private homes is again at issue.
Ron Lall of SouthStar: “Though we are encouraged by the City’s decision, this is by no means the end of this gas station project. QuikTrip has encountered friction on this project in the past and took steps to pursue building at this location. We will wait to see if QuikTrip will counter with plans for another replat, one that will correspond with the specifications of a C1 lot.”
Neighbors and many organizations are on both sides of Moreland Avenue are united against a QuikTrip at this location because of the negative impact cut-through traffic would have on their neighborhoods along with many other safety and quality of life issues, like protecting school children who use Ormewood Avenue to walk and bike to and from school.
Why: The City of Atlanta has revoked the replatting of the property that QuikTrip planned to use for a 14-pump gas station project on the corner of Moreland and Ormewood Avenues. The building permit approval has been put on hold as the City waits for QuikTrip to decide their next move. The current property owner, Gobin L. Madan, filed bankruptcy protection in December, and it is not clear if he or a court appointed bankruptcy trustee will appeal the City’s decision or pursue another replat for the location to keep QuikTrip interested in the location. SAND, EACA, and SouthStar continue to push for QuikTrip to select a better alternate location in the Moreland corridor that will not have such a negative impact on neighborhoods.
South Atlantans for Neighborhood Development (SAND): Is the neighborhood association representing the five neighborhoods west of Moreland and south of I-20, including the proposed the QuikTrip location, and is a nonprofit organization under 501(c)3. Media contact: Stephen Norman, SAND President via email: email@example.com
East Atlanta Community Association (EACA): Is the not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization that represents the East Atlanta community on the east side of Moreland Avenue and adjacent to the proposed gas station. Media contact: Andy Schneggenburger, Land Use and Zoning Committee Chairperson for EACA, via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SouthStar Community Development Corporation:
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South Atlantans for Neighborhood Development (SAND): Is the Atlanta neighborhood association representing the five neighborhoods west of Moreland and south of I-20 and is a nonprofit organization under 501(c)3.