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Norcross City Council Recap

Monday's meeting involved some rezoning, demolishing and a tree initiative.

Mayor Bucky Johnson and the city council met Monday, March 5, for Norcross' monthly council meeting to discuss a few items on the agenda. The session wasn't as fiery as last month's with the , but it was still noteworthy, nonetheless:

-A proclamation was read at the beginning of the meeting to recognize March as American Red Cross Month for the city of Norcross. ARC Community Relations Officer Carisa Hettich was present to accept the proclamation. Additionally, there will be a blood drive in the second floor community room at city hall March 15 from noon to 5 p.m.

-Officer Eddie G. Head was sworn in as a member of the Norcross Police Department. He's retired from both the National Guard and the Gwinnett County Police Department, and also has worked for Norcross Police in the past.

-The council voted in favor of demolishing the building at 87 S. Peachtree Street, adjacent to . The owner, David Greer, wants to tear down the existing structure and start constructing a new building as soon as possible. City Planner Chris McCrary explained that it would take too much effort to try to preserve the facade of the building since it was already rotting from water and rain infiltration. Additionally, it's not likely that the building holds much historical significance.

-After some confusion of whether or not to table the topic because of conflicting dates, the Norcross Tree Initiative was approved. With the initiative, the first hundred residents who submit an application and pay a small fee can have a tree of their choice planted in their yard. The tree planting will begin in the fall.

-The council also voted in favor of rezoning part of a building at 5854 Goshen Springs Road from C-2 (commercial office) to M-1 (light industrial). The applicant explained that part of the business is a retail/warehouse carpet business, but since the other part of the building is designed like a warehouse, the applicant wants to attract a distribution business to fill the empty warehouse.

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