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Council gives nod to arcade
Miniature golf, other games to be featured

CONYERS - The Conyers City Council approved a special-use permit at its Wednesday night meeting that will allow for an amusement arcade to be located in the Miller's Crossing Shopping Center.

The property, located at Ga. Highway 138 and the Ga. 138 spur, was already zoned for commercial use. No zoning change or amendment to the comprehensive land-use plan was required, but the proposed use did call for a special-use permit under existing city ordinances.

The establishment will occupy approximately 10,000 square feet of the space that is available in the retail center and all of the activities will be located indoors.

The business, operating under the franchise name Monster Mini Golf, was described to be similar to Chuck E. Cheese's, which is located off Dogwood Wood Drive in Conyers, and will offer a variety of entertainment games. The main attraction will be a glow-in-the-dark miniature golf.

"This is different and certainly something that we currently do not have in Conyers," said Mayor Randy Mills.

Eric Leineweber, representing the developers, said the operation has one establishment in Marietta and is looking to expand in other parts of the metro area

"The location in Marietta opened on Oct. 26 and it is my understanding it is doing very well," Leineweber told the council.

The Conyers-Rockdale Planning Commission and the Conyers Planning Department both recommended approval of the special use permit.

"This basically added a use to the property that would otherwise not been allowed," said Marvin Flanigan, director of planning and inspection services.

In other business, the council also approved a special-use permit that will allow a personal care home to be located in a residence at 1028 Highland Circle.

The council previously approved this measure in February 2006, but the owners of the property were unable to complete a deal to develop the facility. The permit, which is good for 12 months, subsequently expired.

The facility, which will serve eight people, must still meet licensing requirements mandated by state regulations governed by the Department of Human Resources.

The Conyers-Rockdale Planning Commission and City Planning Department recommended approval of the permit.

The council also approved Wednesday establishing a $35 fee for requests from individuals who wish to have arrest records removed from the database. Depending upon circumstances, a person can request an arrest be expunged, but it can be done only after an investigation and review by the District Attorney's office.

Conyers Police Chief David Cathcart said such requests have been on the increase, from 23 in 2004 to 70 thus far this year. Until now, there was no charge.

Cathcart said the $35 fee will offset the administrative costs of processing the request and is the same amount the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office imposes. State law allows for a fee of up to $50, but the chief said the city wanted to mirror the county requirements.