Gwinnett gas station slowly falling into sinkhole

A vacant gas station is falling into a sinkhole in Buford.

Wee Willy’s, on the corner of Peachtree Industrial Boulevard and Little Mill Road, has been collapsing into a tributary of Richland Creek since at least May 30, 2018, according to the Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services.  Remnants of a wall and other debris sit in the water below, and the register area and a bathroom are tipping toward the sinkhole.



It is not a danger to the public, fire and emergency spokesman Capt. Tommy Rutledge said, but it continues to collapse into the creek. A fire crew found on Dec. 30 that the building had deteriorated beyond the state it was in May.

After Fire and Emergency Services blocked the building off with caution tape in May, it notified the city of Buford. The city ordered the building’s owner, Irfanali Momin, to repair or demolish Wee Willy’s on May 30, but neither has occurred, city spokesman Bryan Kerlin said.

The city’s code enforcement department ordered Momin to submit plans to either demolish or repair the structure by the evening of Jan. 8. Momin did not submit the paperwork by the deadline, Kerlin said.


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