Owners of the Shell gas station at 1355 Blair Ridge Road near the intersection of Six Flags Drive in Austell have requested an alcohol license and Cupid says she’s gotten mixed reviews. The location has not previously had a license and the issue will go before the Board of Commissioners on Sept. 10.
“I know that the community has been opposed to having a liquor license at this location for some time, however, I’ve received a petition from the owner with a good number of signatures from people (in support) that live in the area,” Cupid said.
She commended the owner for being willing to participate in the meeting set for 7 p.m. Thursday at the South Cobb Recreation Center, 875 Six Flags Drive, Austell.
The owner declined to comment.
The request for feedback follows Cupid’s lone vote to deny an alcohol license transfer at a controversial site.
She pleaded with fellow commissioners during a July 9 meeting to not support transferring the license that allows the sale of alcohol from one owner of the Marathon gas station, at 340 Six Flags Drive, to another owner.
The shopping center that houses the gas station has been a source of crime for years, Cobb Police Captain Jeff Adcock said at a meeting in July.
Police shut down a neighboring business, Food Mart, after a search warrant revealed makeshift crack pipes for sale and store clerks were being paid by drug dealers as an incentive to allow them to conduct illegal business inside the store, Adcock said.
Those same concerns are present at the Shell station, Cupid said.
“We don’t want the type of traffic that was associated with the Food Mart that was located on the other end of Six Flags Drive,” Cupid said. “I can’t say that alcohol was a factor in that, but that’s a concern that remains to be seen.”