The located at wants to put in a gas station, and has submitted the necessary applications to DeKalb County, but is running into opposition from the community and some conditions from the county planning department that have been refused.
The county's planning department recommended six conditions, including one limiting gas sale hours from 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and another that would point lights a certain way and have them go dark soon after the station closes for the night. A Costco representative rejected three of the conditions, including one for a privacy fence dividing the store from a nearby proposed townhome development.
Costco is basing its proposal on the idea that it fits a broad definition of a convenience store - convenience stores are allowed to sell gas - and that the gas station's customer base would be limited solely to Costco members, which would ideally reduce traffic.
But three area residents, one of whom is a Costco member, and an representative all spoke out against the gas station, citing potential issues like long lines spilling out onto two-lane Hermance Drive and creating traffic jams. Oglethorpe is concerned about property devaluation and wanted Costco to help fund a pedestrian walkway from the school to Town Brookhaven, an idea that has been rejected.
This community backlash caused DeKalb County commissioners to defer more discussion on the matter until July 10 at 9 a.m. in the Maloof Auditorium at 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur. The meeting is open to the public.