Commissioners deny Classic Collision’s application

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CUMMING, Ga. — A collision repair shop wanting to set up shop on the corner of Stoney Point and Peachtree Parkway was denied by the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners at their July 3 meeting.

Classic Collision of Cumming wanted to build a 32,750-square-foot auto body collision building with 155 parking and storage spaces. But neighbors organized, wore red shirts in opposition and attended council meetings to say the repair shop does not meet the area’s residential feel and would be bringing unwanted noise, chemicals and traffic.

Forsyth County Commissioner Brian Tam agreed.

In a motion, after several residents spoke in opposition, Tam said the zoning did not meet county conditions for protection of nearby and adjacent property owners.

“While I am aware that that the applicant has very recently delivered a modified site plan to the planning office for further consideration, I have personally reviewed that site plan and do not believe it addresses the issues that are vital to the citizens who live in that area,” Tam said.

Ethan Underwood, who is representing Kammerer Real Estate Holdings for Classic Collision, wanted the item postponed because candidates for State Senate District 27 runoff election, incumbent Jack Murphy and Michael Williams, both met with residents opposed to the auto collision repair shop. Murphy also emailed residents and urged them to attend the meeting in opposition and spoke in opposition during public hearing.

“Our client cannot receive a fair hearing in this politicized climate,” Underwood said.

The item was approved 4-0 with Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills absent.

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