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City Council Makes Way for New QuikTrip in Lawrenceville

Mayor Johnson cast the tie breaking vote to re-zone a parcel on Scenic Highway to build a gas station, convenience store and a new Wendy's.

After months of discussion, the Lawrenceville City Council voted to approve the re-zoning of a corner entering Downtown to accommodate a new QuikTrip and Wendy's on Monday evening.

The location will be at 181 Scenic Hwy. There is already a Wendy's on this plot. A new fast food restaurant will be built on the back end of the lot. The gas station and convenience store will be at the front of the property.

Discussion about the issue lasted for over an hour Monday night. The council heard from QT representative, supporters and opponents. 

The council split the vote 2-2. Councilmembers P.K. Martin and Marie Beiser voted in support of the rezoning, while Bob Clark and Tony Powell voted against it. 

The final decision came down to Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson. "I do not feel that this corporation at this site will be a detriment to our city," said Johnson before casting her vote. "If one thing is a detriment, then we are in bad shape." 

Johnson then voted in favor of re-zoning and the motion carried 3-2.

You can read more about the vote and more decisions by the Mayor and Council in our coverage of Monday's City Council meeting.

What do you think about construction of a new gas station, convenience store and fast food restaurant on the edge of Downtown Lawrenceville? Tell us in the comment section below.

steven ford December 04, 2012 at 12:54 PM
There are to many gas station in lawrenceville, bring in something like Trader Joe's or Whole Foods.
Anita Kondor December 04, 2012 at 04:17 PM
I think they should use all vacant buildings before continuously building new ones. Also, a QT on that corner will cause even more traffic problems than there already is and did they forget there's a QT down the street and a Chevron also!
Wendy Fine December 04, 2012 at 04:56 PM
I'd also love a Trader Joe's but I don't think there is enough room at that corner.....but I don't like the idea of yet another gas station. I do have a question.......when are y'all going to start working on that downtown park that you had the ribbon cutting awhile ago? THAT would be a great improvement to this city.
JoAnn Moore December 05, 2012 at 12:38 AM
I have been away from Lawrenceville for several years and it looks like nothing has changed. Approval still goes to the big companies that have the most money. They always get what they want even if it is not the best for the community. Keep pushing for the park.
P.K. Martin December 05, 2012 at 04:05 PM
The park has been planned and is on schedule for construction soon. There are a few loose ends that need to be tied up. The project will follow the Heritage Trail and Luckie St improvement project that has pre-construction meeting tomorrow. You will begin to see progress on these projects very soon.

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