Costco Gas Pumps At Town Brookhaven Meets Opposition

DeKalb commissioners will learn more about plans during its Tuesday morning meeting. In the meantime, take our Patch poll.

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.

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Bhaven Resi January 24, 2013 at 10:05 PM
I think many of you forget that we chose to live within a major metropolitan CITY. This is what happens and it is forced by the demand of consumers. Bottom line is that as much as some of you don't want to admit that you live in Atlanta, you do....and Town Brookhaven is a very popular development. As huge as the development is already what does it really matter if gas pumps are installed that we will all use? Eric, you don't know the development world and that is obvious by your comments, you should stick to something else. Odds are, Sembler owned that property before you even moved here, they have for several years. We live in the city people, a growing city, and that single Kroger (which is also expanding) isn't enough to sustain our needs and this is why Town Brookhaven is thriving. Why would you move into or within spitting distance of city limits such as Atlanta and then complain when growth occurs to meet the needs of citizens?
Eddie E. January 25, 2013 at 03:38 AM
Wowsers, there used to be even more residential development, but we chased those people away because they just don't 'fit the profile' of our urban fantasy.
parkplaceman39 February 20, 2013 at 05:51 PM
The only reason I do not shop the Costco there is NO GAS STATION! Costco gas stations are well managed and well-run and like the Cinebistro, an amazing addition to Town Brookhaven. You people are nuts to not want a Costco Gas Station in your area.
Eric H February 20, 2013 at 06:16 PM
Bhaven Resi Sembler did not own the property before I moved to the area. And I'm more than happy to discuss the intricacies of land development with you. I'm all for walkable transit friendly urban style development. What I object to is placing gas pumps on the residential side of the development. There are abandoned or underutilized gas stations along Peachtree if its more gas pumps we need. Parkplaceman39, while I don't have a Costco membership, I've heard they are good, and cheaper gas is always nice. Its not a question of wanting a Costco gas station its a question of where it was located.


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