Fayetteville residents skeptical about Lafayette Ave. extension to Church St.

Fayetteville residents skeptical about Lafayette Ave. extension to Church St.

Residents in and around Church Street in Fayetteville told the City Council Thursday night that a proposed extension of Lafayette Avenue would be a detriment to their neighborhood.

Above, Anthony Porter was one of many residents who spoke out against the Lafayette Avenue extension. Photo/John Thompson.

The proposed plan would extend Lafayette Avenue across Ga. Highway 85 onto Church Street.

Since at least 2008, the city has been looking at having a traffic signal installed on North Glynn at Lafayette Avenue, and Lafayette extending across the street on a new segment of roadway that intersects with Church Street.

The issue has surfaced again after developer’s Steve Gulas announcement of a hotel project that would see the extension of Lafayette run through the proposed hotel property. If the road was built, Gulas would need a number of variances to build his hotel.

Public Works Director Chris Hindman brought the issue to the City Council Thursday to get a feel for the city’s willingness to continue the project.

Mayor Ed Johnson announced during the meeting that he wanted to listen to the residents, and that a final decision on the issue would not be made until a later meeting.

Church Street resident Darryl Anderson said she was against the road because of the increased traffic the road extension would bring to the neighborhood.

“We’ve already seen a big increase” since the 92 roundabout project was completed, she said.

Business owner David Mowell feared the extension would bring more cut-through traffic to his family’s funeral home parking lot, while Brett Nolan liked the increase of a grid system in downtown Fayetteville, but said he was concerned that no pedestrian issues were evaluated during the project.

Johnson thanked the residents for their input, and said a decision should be made soon.