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No Burger King in PTC for now

Burger King fans hoping for a Peachtree City location won’t be having it their way right away. Thursday night, the City Council of Peachtree City denied the request from developers for a zoning condition amendment that would have allowed for the fast food restaurant to be added along the Hwy. 74 South corridor.
The developers of the Wilshire Village commercial subdivision, located on 74 at the Rockaway Road intersection, were asking to amend zoning conditions that had been agreed to in 2007 that allowed for just one freestanding restaurant with a drive-through window on the property. Zaxby’s is already part of the lot, but developers want to build Burger King, saying that they have been working for 10 years to find other options for the undeveloped land with no takers. AutoZone is currently the only other business among the seven tracts.
While council sympathized with the developers and their empty tracts, they did not want to set a precedent for the area. If they approved modifying the zoning conditions, they said it would also apply to the rest of that seven-property tract, an idea that did not appeal to the council.
“I don’t want 74 South to become a fast food thoroughfare,” said council member Terry Ernst.
Representatives from local neighborhoods and businesses voiced their opposition to the request. The president of the Homeowner’s Assocation for Wilshire Estates, a neighboring subdivision, said they were “overwhelmingly opposed.” A representative for Somerby of Peachtree City, an assisted living facility that abuts the property, shared their concerns as well, saying they share an entrance point with the plot and already have a problem with motorists and golf carts speeding through their parking lot to get Zaxby’s. One resident who was a HOA president that took part in the 2007 zoning discussions relayed that they were set on those limits at the time because they did not want overgrowth of fast food in the area. Council member Mike King agreed with their sentiments.
“They did get entire neighborhoods involved (in the discussions),” said King. “They put restrictions in place that they thought were best for Peachtree City, specifically the south side. I can’t support changing anything.”
The request was denied unanimously.
It was noted that Burger King is still likely to build at a different Peachtree City location if 74 South spot was denied.

By Christopher Dunn

Managing Editor Christopher Dunn has been with the Fayette County News since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Victory magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.