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