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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

City leaders give the okay for a new convenience store and Dunkin Donuts in northwest Albany.

Tuesday night, commissioners approved a couple of rezoning requests despite concerns from some residents and other business owners.

The empty building that used to house Mason Jewelry will be torn down to make room for a new Homerun Foods and Dunkin Donuts.

I talked to one business owner here who said he was caught off guard by the proposed business in the area. He plans to find a new site for his company in the coming weeks.

Albany city commissioners unanimously approved the rezoning requests for the property. Some people who live nearby worry the gas station and store will create too much noise and traffic.

The commission asked the developer, Lanier Engineering, to conduct a sound and light study to try to minimize the impact on neighbors. Commissioners are looking forward to this new business.

"We need businesses in the city, we don't want to kill businesses by not having then come into Albany, the homerun foods process and Dunkin Donuts is something that is they are trying to rely upon out in that area. If this jewelry store is no longer functional I see it would be a benefit," said Commissioner Postell.

Lanier Engineering has signed a letter of intent to purchase the site, but as of yet they have not closed on the property.

The developer will also have to build a six-foot high barrier between the back of the store and the adjacent neighborhood.

One neighbor asked for a 10-foot high wall. Commissioners said they don't think that's necessary, but they will see what the results of that noise study show.

 

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