The purchase of a former local school, suspension of a south Forsyth massage business’s license and approval of a handful of alcohol license were among business taken on by the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners this week.
All votes were 4-0, with District 3 Commissioner Todd Levent absent, unless otherwise noted.
Matt School purchased
A former school in north Forsyth could soon be used again.
Commissioners voted to amend a contract with Macmac, LLC for the purchase of the old Matt School building at 5710 Namon Wallace Road. The amendment dropped the price of the property from $465,000 to $408,696 and reduced the total land from 1.1 acres to 0.8 acres.
The building abuts an approved Publix development northeast of the intersection of Matt Highway (Hwy. 369) and Bannister Road.
“One of the elements for the [comprehensive] plan for that area and Coal Mountain was the historical element,” District 4 Commissioner Cindy Mills said. “Matt School just fits perfectly with that historical element. I knew that if we weren’t able to purchase it to preserve it, once Publix came in, someone would buy it and it would be torn down.”
Mills said the school closed the year she began attending school and she never went there, though her family was involved.
“My grandmother worked in the lunchroom, then she became a teacher there, and my mother went to school there,” Mills said.
The school had since been used for businesses and as a home.
Mills said the former school has a stage in its cafeteria, which she would like to see used for fine arts such as drama and music. The building may also be used for community meetings.
Per County Attorney Ken Jarrard, Thursday was the final day of the county’s due diligence period before closing on Friday. He said the county approved the purchase of the land in September.
Alcohol licenses approved
Five businesses in Forsyth County received new alcohol licenses, including one business that received conditional approval for both on-premises and package sales.
For steak and sushi lovers, Jacob Patterson was granted for a license for beer and wine for Your Pie at 655 Atlanta Highway, Stes. 606 and 607 and Youngwoo Park received a similar license for Enzo Sushi and Steak at 3630 Peachtree Parkway, Ste. 602.
Applicant Lamar Williams, Jr. was approved for a pair of licenses to sell beer and wine by the package for two gas stations at 4664 Canton Highway and 4870 Atlanta Highway. A violation at either store could impact the license of the other.
Licenses were conditionally approved for Cherry Street Brew Pub at Halcyon Forsyth at 6640 Town Square, Building 500. One license allows for selling beer wine and distilled spirits for consumption on premises and the other allows beer and wine to be sold by the package.
Jarrard said the conditional change was tied to a change with the business’s corporate structure.
A south Forsyth massage business received a one-week license suspension starting on Saturday, Jan. 19 for violations of the county’s massage and spa ordinance.
Fengxia Yao, with Massage Pro at Peachtree Parkway Ste. 103, received the suspension after a check from members of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.
Violations against the code included no customer records, having an unlicensed masseuse and having lights dimmer than the code allows.
Using a translator, Fengxia said the massage was done by an employee not hired as a masseuse, who had since been fired.