To: Alpharetta Mayor and City Council
This is a petition to communicate that Alpheratta residents do not support the proposed development of a Goodwill store at 495 North Main Street. Mr. James Kim with SRJ Enterprises is in the process of trying to sell the property to Goodwill Industries to develop a Goodwill location with a processing plant (see www.onefinal.com for more information). The signers of this petition think that the development of this property IS NOT in the best interest of Alpharetta and the surrounding neighborhoods for the following reasons:
- 495 North Main Street shares property lines and a street with a residential neighborhood (Winthrope Park). This raises safety concerns with children in the neighborhood and the school bus stop located at the corner of the proposed building site. The site is essentially located within the neighborhood as it is bordered on 2 of 4 sides by Winthrope Park.
- Trash is a concern as individuals can access and 'dump' trash during overnight hours. In addition, the dumpsters and recycling facilities required for a Goodwill site should not be located in a residential area but in a more commercialized/industrial area of the city.
- The proposed building is not consistent in form and function with other establishments on Main Street (small businesses and office buildings) and is not conducive to the residential nature of the area.
- The commercial vacancy rate in Alpharetta suggests that an already developed site is available for this use. Many of these properties North of the site are more industrialized and are a better fit for this type of use. We support the concept of a Goodwill in Alpharetta, but not at or near this location.