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SMYRNA, Ga. – The town's planning and zoning board voted 5 to 1 to approve RaceTrac Petroleum's rezoning effort allowing the convenience store chain to build a new flagship store on Spring Road here. A final decision on the plan will be made by the mayor and city council on July 18.
RaceTrac had to submit a plan to the board because the retailer wants to rezone the property from general commercial to general commercial-conditional use, the Smyrna-Vinings Patch reported.
The revised plan calls for the flagship store to total 5,928 square feet, not 6,500 square feet as initially planned. The new RaceTrac store would also have two canopies with six fueling islands. If approved, the store would be completed and open by Dec. 31 of this year.
Although the planning and zoning board approved the rezoning plan, it was met with dissention from local residents, who may also make their voices heard again during Smyrna's city council meeting next week.
Lori Padlick, who lives on Bell Drive, which faces the site of the proposed new store, presented the the most vocal opposition to the future RaceTrac, which she called a "monstrosity." According to Patch.com, Padlick cited noise disturbances and quality of life problems that would be caused if the store were built. "I'm also concerned because I'm really tired of feeling like the government of Smyrna is more interested in revenue that its residents," she said.