CUMMING, Ga. — A proposed collision repair shop has residents in the Stoney Point and Peachtree Parkway communities seeing red.
Wearing red shirts in a show of opposition at Forsyth County Commission meetings, signing petitions, calling and emailing elected officials, about 1,000 homeowners in this area have said they do not want Classic Collision of Cumming to set up shop in their mostly residential area.
About 60 people attended the June 5 meeting and again showed up to show their opposition at the June 19 meeting.
The issue has been postponed by the applicant to this Thursday, July 3 Forsyth County Board of Commissioners meeting.
Among the main concerns, many of the residents say the area is residential in nature.
William “Chuck” Mayville, a resident who lives off Peachtree Parkway at Water Vista Court spoke in opposition to the proposed business.
“We don't want this industrial site to be placed near our residential neighborhoods,” Mayville said.
Residents say the property was rezoned in 2008 to accommodate a carwash facility that would be virtually invisible, but Mayville and several others said the current amendment calls for a project that is nine times larger than the carwash.
“There are studies that say that placing an industrial site in a residential area lowers the property value by 10 percent or more,” Mayville told commissioners.
Mayfield said the large, big box building will add cars, chemicals, noise and eyesore due to “major automobile reconstruction.”
Sam Milillo, of Creek Vista Drive in the Orchards of Brannon Oak Farm subdivision, showed pictures of businesses near the Classic Collision in Alpharetta, which include a school bus parking lot. Other locations in Atlanta included Georgia Department of Transportation lots and oil change businesses.
James Floyd, of the Fairfield Farms subdivision echoed that beautiful homes will be downgraded by having this business in the area.
Classic Collision is a family-owned and operated business that started in 1983. They are asking to put a 32,750 square-foot auto body collision building with 155 parking and storage spaces.
In a letter to Commissioners regarding the property, Attorney Ethan Underwood states that, “Refusal to accept the application as requested would impose a disproportionate hardship on the applicant without accruing any benefits to any surrounding property owners.”