Thursday, October 04, 2007
Protect Milton Letter To The Editor.
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- Tim Enloe
To: The City of Milton Community and Residents and City Council
Re: Restaurant on Corner of Freemanville Road and Providence Road in Milton
From: Protect Milton Group
This letter comes to the community to bring much needed attention to the restaurant which is being built right now on Freemanville Road and Providence Road.
There is overwhelming concern from residents regarding this restaurant/bar that is planned for the location stated above by the owner Chris Sedgewick of Pure Tacqueria and Vinny’s, in Alpharetta, GA.
The concern is the liquor license that will be applied for by the owner for this restaurant. To place this restaurant in a completely residential area, offering alcohol is beyond inappropriate. There are no other establishments of the like in residential areas of Milton and we are highly opposed to this establishment serving alcohol given its residential location. This restaurant/bar will bring unwanted additional traffic and crowds to this corner of Providence Road and Freemanville Road in Milton. This corner could mimic the “hang out” atmosphere associated with their other restaurant, Pure Tacqueria. Anyone who has driven by Pure in Alpharetta, especially on the weekends, knows exactly what we are referring to.
A Church, “The River” has purchased the property across the street on the opposing corner and it is our understanding that the close proximity to this Church alone, within 300 feet, should keep the restaurant from obtaining a liquor license. In addition to this the new neighborhood, The Hayfield, is also next to this property and will have a school bus stop there as well which warrants the denial of any liquor license. The Church is not built yet, and the bus stop is not there at this very moment but they will be there. There is also another Baptist Church with in .3 miles of this establishment as well and the restaurant can be seen from the Church property. Our Community, our City Council and Planning Commission should be seriously taking this into consideration and acting against approving this restaurant owner a liquor license.
Milton currently has one High School on Freemanville Road, and another major High School and Middle school are going to be built on Freemanville Road within 2.8 miles of each other on this already dangerous 2 lane road. Now this restaurant/bar wants to open for business on this corner between the two High Schools, serving alcohol. On Friday and Saturday nights when there are events and football games at both schools, the thought of some of the patrons at this establishment indulging themselves, then getting on the roads and driving while our young children are coming home from football games and high school events is not resting well with the community. The placement of a restaurant that serves alcohol is a mistake for our community in this location and could prove to be a deadly mistake for some family or families in the future.
This restaurant is less then 309 feet from both culdesac’s in Holcombe Farms on the opposing corners of this establishment in addition to the two churches and new neighborhood, the Hayfield. The City is going around removing signs from the community that are in the right of way, however, has granted this owner the ability to place his restaurant on top of Providence Road. The parking situation is limited and they will have to valet park or self-park at the business establishment next to it, an Architect firm, to accommodate this restaurant.
If you live in Holcombe Farms, are you okay with having a restaurant/bar less then 309 feet from your back door? Is the community going to accept a restaurant in this location that offers beer/wine/liquor between two major high schools less then 2.8 miles on the same road? This letter is coming to the community out of concern for the safety of our children and our roads.
Please become involved to oppose this restaurant being granted a liquor license by contacting your Milton City Council, and Planning Commission insisting they deny any liquor license for this restaurant. The restaurant was able to build due to the previous use on this site, but no liquor was served prior and it doesn't belong here in this residential area in Milton. The opportunity is now to stop situations like this from coming in and ruining our City, jeopardizing the safety of our children and our roads, and all who travel them.
Their may be a select few that may want this restaurant, but its placement is inappropriate for our community and does not belong on this corner in Milton.
Please contact your City Council and let your voices be heard. This letter was written by request of mothers and families in Milton who are concerned about the safety of our children and residents in Milton on behalf of the Protect Milton Group.
Posted by Accessmilton Admin at Thursday, October 04, 2007