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A conditional use permit for the former Folks restaurant on Iris Drive has been approved by the Conyers City Council. The change will allow a liquor store to open at that location.

CONYERS — Plans to open a liquor store at 1081 Iris Drive can move forward after the Conyers City Council approved a conditional use permit for the business on Sept. 16.

Owner Al Shaheed had asked for the conditional use permit for the property, the former location of Folks restaurant. The Planning Commission recommended approval on Aug. 13. However, the council was divided on the issue at its Aug. 19 meeting, and a vote on the matter was tabled until Sept. 16.

The council held a work session last week where this zoning issue was a topic of discussion.

At Wednesday’s meeting, Mayor Vince Evans again allowed members of the public to comment on the zoning change. Only one — Julie Pacquin speaking on behalf of the applicant — commented, saying that her client is happy with the conditions recommended by the planning staff.

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The conditional use permit was approved by a vote of 3-2, with Valyncia Smith and Connie Alsobrook opposed.

Staff-recommended conditions for the property include meeting streetscape design standards, signage requirements, installation of security lights, and an 8-foot tall solid wall or fence along the entire southern boundary and 60 feet along the western and eastern boundaries.

Pacquin said Shaheed intends to renovate the existing building, which has been vacant for years, unless it becomes necessary to raze the building and redevelop the property.

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(2) comments

ConcernedResident

We definitely don't need another liquor store. We don't need any more mattress stores, car tire/oil change stores, or liquor stores. Can we not focus on attracting better, quality stores? Rockdale will not improve with this business.

LongtimeRez

We can't get a Trader Joes or Whole Foods, and the kids in school all need free meals and free school supplies, but we have the $$$$ per capita to support yet ANOTHER liquor store.

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