Updated 3:00 p.m., May 6, 2011
QuikTrip has told Suwanee officials that it intends to maintain some of the trees at a venerable and visible site where it plans a new store. And it has made a voluntary $15,000 donation to the city.
Some citizens have expressed concern over the fact that trees could be lost in the development of the QT store at Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road and Satellite Boulevard. The site is the last residential lot in a commercial area; it was zoned commercial late last year, and QT could close on part of the 3.9-acre parcel as soon as June.
The donation announced Thursday is 1 1/2 percent of QT's $1 million construction budget, Economic Development Director Denise Brinson said. The money is targeted for the Suwanee Public Art Fund, meant to show QT's commitment to art and the community.
Development could begin in 30-60 days after closing, city officials said. QT owns just over half the parcel; the rest is still for sale.
City SPLOST revenue down: Officials have begun fine-tuning the proposed fiscal year 2012 budget, and lower-than expected SPLOST receipts have affected some projects.
Suwanee is expecting $750,000 less from the county Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax in coming years because of the struggling economy. So it is adjusting spending on capital projects. Among the hits: Pierce's Corner, the vacant building in Old Town that the city is seeking to sell to private developers. The city wants to eliminate the $615,000 it had planned to spend to rehabilitate the building. The sale process on the building could still go forward.
The proposed changes in capital spending would be voted on as part of the FY 2012 budget as early as the June City Council meeting.