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Suwanee Historic District Dissent Concerns City Official

Hilscher, an Old Town property owner and City Council member, has offered to meet with some Old Town homeowners who do not want to be included.

Updated 6:56 a.m., Oct. 12, 2012

An Old Town Suwanee property owner who also serves on the Suwanee City Council is offering to meet with some Main Street property owners about their desire to be excluded from a proposed national Historic District.

Beth Hilscher, who is vice chairman of the city agency that is pushing for Historic District status, has begun contacting the property owners who signed a petition requesting exclusion. Hilscher's letter is dated Oct. 5 and uses her business stationery.

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The petition was presented to City Council at the September meeting. It was signed by seven property owners on Main Street and presented by Linda Fleming, a Main Street property owner who called the meeting at her home that led to the petition. The petition also was forwarded to state officials who would make a determination on Historic District status.

In her letter, Hilscher says she is writing not as a council member, "but rather as a Main Street neighbor. ... (I) have had my office on Main Street since 2006."

Hilscher's letter said, "I wanted to offer to meet with you personally and discuss ... any concerns you might have."

Also, the letter says, "I have inquired with Ms. Fleming as to the basis of her opposition, but to date, she has not been willing to share her concerns with me."

Norcross attorney Michael Deming Sr. has said the tax credits from a Historic District are essential to completing the deal.

Along with the petition, Fleming and the group presented a mission statement saying it is "not the intent ... at this juncture in the process to preclude a National Register District within other areas of the city."

Fleming and the peitioners all live north of Stonecypher Road on Main Street. Pierce's Corner is south of Stonecypher.

Also, Fleming said her meeting was just for property owners who live north of Stonecypher. Hilscher's office is located south of Stonecypher.

Asked Thursday (Oct. 11) if she felt like the petitioners were getting accurate information from Fleming, Hilscher said, "I don't know.

"I want to find out what their concerns are. I might have the same concerns too," Hilscher added.

Suwanee offiiclals still have not formally applied for Historic District status, but plan to do so soon.

See also:

  • Pierce's Corner Deal Tied to Historic Register Status
  • Suwanee Gets 'Thumbs Up' To Pursue Historic District

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Linda Fleming October 19, 2012 at 07:54 PM
The neighborhood meeting was for residential property owners northeast of Stonecypher. Therefore, since Ms. Hilscher doesn't own residential property in the affected area she was not invited. Jimmy Burnette, Mayor, received an invitation as owner of residential property (541 Main Street). He & his wife attended the meeting. Ms. Hilscher only sent her letter to selected people who signed the petition. Instead of personal stationery and personal envelope she used her business/legal stationery--adding a bit of intimidation for some people -- not me, I didn't receive one! Linda Fleming
Linda Fleming October 19, 2012 at 08:07 PM
When one has been bullied by City (March city meeting with leasee for Pierce's Corner) as well as slandered by City Staff member--why would you want to discuss anything with Ms. Hilscher or City Staff or elected officials if you don't agree with them and give them another opportunity to BULLY you again??? Such is the case with me :-) Linda Fleming
Penny Griffin January 09, 2013 at 02:22 AM
I have known Beth Hilscher for many years. She is my neighbor and a friend. She is the least likely person I know to BULLY anyone! I am sure she is reaching out with only the best intentions. Penny Griffin

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