Alcohol Sales License Approved for North Midtown Service Station

Despite objections from residents of the nearby Ansley Park and Sherwood Forest neighborhoods, a 24-hour convenience store and gas station will soon be selling a limited selection of beer and wine seven days a week.

The proprietor of a new 24-hour service station and convenience store in north Midtown was granted this week a license to sell beer and wine by the city's License Review Board (LRB).

“Uptown Station,” located at the edge of the Ansley Park neighborhood at the corner of Peachtree Street and Peachtree Circle, is set to open within the next few months at 1521 Peachtree Street.

The license approval came over the objections from residents of the nearby Ansley Park and Sherwood Forest neighborhoods who had previously expressed their concerns about security and safety risks to the neighborhood with regards to a 24-hour store that served alcohol.

At this week’s LRB meeting, residents had sought for a deferral of the application until February in order to continue to work for a compromise, chiefly with regards to the hours of operation. See the accompanying video for more on this week’s ruling.

The station property abuts to the Ansley Park neighborhood that contains many single-family residences with approximately 20 children residing within the block closest to the station. Among the neighbors' chief concerns have been security, access, drainage and the future development of the site.

The north Midtown area has been void of a gas station since last December when the popular Peachtree Circle Shell, which closed nightly at 11 p.m., was forced to shutter its doors in part due to escalating rent costs.

Now at the same site, Decatur businessman Alex Panjwani plans to expand the square footage of the buildings located on the half-acre parcel, connecting the primary building with a car wash structure on the property.

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Richard Kelley December 21, 2012 at 02:47 PM
ah...hell no....
Bryan December 21, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Please tear this down and put something work while on this PRIME location on Peachtree. Much rather see a nice mid-rise office building or condo there then some ragady gas station that causes problems for the area.
Ruben Brown December 21, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Oh please Bryan there's more than enough mid-rise, highrises and office buildings in the area, they need gas stations in Midtown, things can happen anywhere. The city is going to do whatever they want even if whiny people don't like the idea, y'all be the first ones to be shopping in there,
Ikeahacker December 21, 2012 at 07:17 PM
The liquor license board is joke. what's the purpose of having public meetings if they don't listen to the public.
Mac December 22, 2012 at 01:12 PM
While I am happy to have it back for convenience sake, I disagree with 24 hour liquor sales. I am looking forward to having the car wash back, so my car won't be yellow thru the spring pollen blizzard.
Ron December 23, 2012 at 06:45 PM
This report fails to mention that the license to sell alcohol has a condition whereby total alcohol sales are to be 5% or less, of gross retail sales, excluding sales of gasoline - I believe that is one of the conditions of the license, isn't it? Why not consider asking the owner and the APD to confirm that this condition is being adhered to, and if it is not, ask for the license to be revoked?
Hunt Archbold (Editor) December 23, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Hi Ron, I have attached a copy of an application for the license to sell alcohol beverages in the city. According to the Atlanta City Ordinance Section 10-88.1(B), it says less than 5% of gross receipts from a business will be derived from the sale of alcoholic beverages. Not sure if you were at the NPU-E meeting this month, but the station owner communicated through his lawyer that the business would be adhering to this in order to maintain the license. He also communicated that his current store on North Druid Hills Road does comply to this condition. But yes, it might be something for those concerned about to monitor when the business opens.
Dan Armstrong December 26, 2012 at 06:12 PM
is beer and wine considered ALCOHOL? Do you mean they can sell Scotch? Just asking
Dlight December 26, 2012 at 11:21 PM
I am delighted there will be a gas station there again. The area needs one. And, why shouldn't they sell beer and wine? The good people of Ansley need to remember they don't live in a gated community in the burbs.
arctk2011tj December 27, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Weren't there possible plans to sublease part of the site with a restaurant/coffee shop as well as renovating the area to have more of an older, retro feel?
Hunt Archbold (Editor) December 27, 2012 at 07:59 PM
That is correct Tyler. There has been some speculation that it could be a Dunkin' Donuts, but nothing has been announced with regards to such http://patch.com/A-yTBb
Dan Griffin February 13, 2014 at 02:10 AM
I am curious as to what all the NIBMY'S have to say now that Uptown Station has opened. I'd wager that not one single prediction of doom and gloom has occured.


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