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Residents’ fight against Gwinnett QT heads to county board Tuesday

A massive new QuikTrip proposed for a busy intersection in Norcross goes before the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Tuesday, but the plan faces stiff neighborhood opposition.

“We’ll never get out of our own neighborhood,” said Andrea Nelson, an organizer in the neighborhood directly behind the proposed convenience store.

The 6,000-square-foot, 24-hour store is proposed for a plot of land on Jimmy Carter Boulevard between Joseph Way and Hayes Drive south of I-85. QuikTrip proposes to buy the four closest houses and demolish them to make way for the development, but the plans require the county to change the zoning.

Residents fear increased traffic, late-night deliveries and an increase in crime if the project is approved. 

After a concerted effort by residents in the adjacent neighborhood, the Municipal-Gwinnett County Planning Commission voted against the proposal, but that’s no guarantee residents will win their fight before the commissioners. 

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