LAWRENCEVILLE – The Lawrenceville Town Council postponed voting on a request for a Special Exemption Permit submitted by CHEERS to operate a social quarters, coffee shop serving of coffee, juices, sandwiches, pastries, and use of approved gaming devices until Tuesday, Aug. 13. Council held a public hearing on the request on Tuesday, July 23 and people are divided on allowing gaming machines. Some people see this as a great business opportunity while others are concerned about the legality of the gaming machines.

Earlier the Lawrenceville Planning Commission recommended denial of the permit in a 4 to 1 vote. The Lawrenceville Planning Commission held a public hearing on the request on Wednesday, June 26, with between 40 and 50 people in attendance.

According to information provided by Lawrenceville Town Manager and Zoning Administrator C. J. Dean, the location would be at 121 West Hicks Street, the former White’s Shoes & Athletics, tax parcel number: 52-A7-1-63B. The current zoning is Business General (B-G). The point of contention is the gaming machines that will be located in the rear portion of the building. The proposed use falls under Lawrenceville Zoning Code Section 6-2-1, which requires a Special Exception Permit in order to operate video arcades or similar forms of amusement.

The lot is located in the Town of Lawrenceville and is situated on the North side of West Hicks Street approximately halfway between North Main Street and South Hicks Street. Nancy Gibbs and Tammy Edwards own the property.

The application is available in the Lawrenceville Town Office for viewing. For further information, call (434) 848-2414.

To read the entire article pick up the July 31, 2019 edition of the Brunswick Times-Gazette.