Golden Arches

A pair of golden arches are going up downtown next to the old Douglasville Police Department in this photo taken May 27, 2015. The movie, "The Founder" about McDonald's mogul Ray Kroc will film here this summer.

Laura Corley/Douglas County Sentinel

The Douglasville City Council has approved the closing of some downtown streets for the filming of a movie about McDonald’s mogul Ray Kroc.

In a 3-2 vote Monday, the city council approved the temporary closings for the filming of “The Founder,” despite concerns from Councilman Mike Miller and Mayor Pro Tem Carl Pope about how the closures will affect downtown businesses. Councilmen Samuel Davis, Doug Lequire and Mark Adams voted in favor of the closures. Miller and Pope were opposed.

Councilwoman LaShun Burr Danley and Councilman Larry Yockey were absent.

The streets to be closed downtown are:

• Church Street between Club Drive and Bowden Street to include the Bowden Street intersection

• West Courthouse Square

• East Courthouse Square

• Bowden Street between West Spring Street and East Courthouse Square

The streets closing will take place on:

• June 11 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

• June 12 from 9 a.m. to 12 a.m.

• June 25 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

• July 10 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

A pair of golden arches have popped up downtown on both sides of the burger joint facade being constructed as part of the set. The production company started construction on the building’s shell in a parking lot beside the old police department earlier this month and will continue to occupy the space through July 17.

The production company will also use the Old Courthouse from June 15 through June 24. In the movie, Michael Keaton will play the role of Kroc under the direction of John Lee Hancock.

Before the vote, City Manager Bill Osborne told the council the city was aware of a beauty shop on West Courthouse Square that would be adversely affected by the closures.

“We’ll be looking at working with that business, perhaps identifying several spaces that could be reserved for that beauty shop on Broad Street in front of the old Douglas County Courthouse so they would not be inconvenienced when we have the streets closed there in front of their business,” Osborne said.

Miller expressed his concern about some business owners not being notified in advance about the possible road closures.

“I got calls from constituents this afternoon and there was no information distributed to the people who are affected,” he said. “They’re concerned they’re going to run into problems with this.”

Miller said he thinks the city needs to let business owners know when there are issues that would affect them.

“You’re asking us to vote tonight on shutting roads down that go to our businesses and we don’t even have a plan in place,” he said. “Without a full knowledge of what’s going on and a solution, I have a problem with voting on issues we’re not presented in a timely manner.”

Osborne told the council he doesn’t believe the closures will affect many businesses downtown.

“The retail businesses, I think by and large, are to the east of Bowden Street,” he said. “The streets that would be where most of the businesses would be would not be impacted by this.”

Miller noted that there is an insurance office and some law offices on East Courthouse Square.

“The timeliness of this concerns me and the fact that my constituent called me today concerns me even more,” he said. “I just want to make sure we’re prioritizing our local businesses and prioritizing our constituents and taxpayers in Douglasville when we’re making considerations for outside filming crews or outside businesses or people that are out here for whatever reason. ... I don’t like how this issue came up and I don’t like it having an adverse affect on our downtown businesses.”

Pope expressed his concern about how the closures would affect downtown restaurants.

“What about the restaurants — Gumbeaux’s, Fabiano’s and the Irish Bred Pub,” he said. “They use those streets for parking everyday from 11 to 10 o’clock at night so they’re being impacted. ... A movie company will come and go but Gumbeaux’s and Fabiano’s and Irish Bred Pub is going to be here for a long time, paying a lot of taxes. We need to discuss it with them. At least let them know what’s going on. We need to really discuss it with them before we talk about closing that street.”

In an email to downtown businesses Tuesday, Main Street Manager April McKown stated that the parking deck can be accessed from the Spring Street entrance and exit during the road closures.

“Broad Street will not be impacted by the production,” McKown said.

In other business, the council adopted a resolution regarding the closing of some streets in the Forrest Avenue area on the north side of the city. The first “Unity in the Community” block party is planned for June 20. Local pastors involved in the event are Pastor Artis Crum of Salvation Outreach Church, Pastor Keenan D. Hale, Sr. of Saint James A.M.E. Church, Pastor Gregory Williams of Golden Memorial United Methodist Church and Bishop Randy Parker of Greater Mount Olive Overcoming Church of God. According to the resolution, the block party will provide a way to bring people together for “fun and fellowship.”

The council also Monday:

• Item 20-15-24 — Approved a request for the change in agent outlet manager for the alcohol beverages license for the retail package sale of wine and malt beverages at the following establishment:

Licensee: The Kroger Company

DBA: Kroger #376

Location: 630 Thornton Rd.

Current Agent Outlet Manager: Anthony Duncan

Proposed Agent Outlet Manager: Joseph Chambers

The required investigation has been conducted and the required fees have been paid into the City Finance Department.

• Item 20-15-25 — Approved a request for alcoholic beverages license for the retail package sale of wine and malt beverages at the following establishment:

Licensee: Murphy Oil USA, Inc.

DBA: Murphy Express #7548

Location: 1098 Thornton Rd.

Proposed Agent Outlet Manager: Ryan White

The required investigation has been conducted and the required fees have been paid into the City Finance Department.

• Item 20-15-26 — Adopted a resolution concerning the closing of a section of some streets during part of the day on Saturday, June 20, for the first Unity in the Community event in the Forrest Avenue area on the Northside in the City of Douglasville.

• Item 20-15-27 — Adopted a resolution concerning the temporary closing of certain streets in Downtown Douglasville in conjunction with the filming of a motion picture.

• Item 20-15-28 — Authorized the City of Douglasville Police Department to apply for an Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant from the United States Department of Justice.

• Item 21-15-20 — Adopted a resolution in support of the City of Douglasville’s Independence Day activities to be held on July 4, 2015 in the City of Douglasville.

• Item 22-15-19 — Approved a variance request from Appendix B—The Development Code of the City of Douglasville, Section 3.10.04(a) “Structural Buffers”, in order to reduce the required 25 lineal foot structural buffer located at the North property boundary to 5 lineal feet with an 8 foot tall opaque fence, for a variance of 20 lineal feet. Located at 5923 Fairburn Rd. in Land Lot 51, District 1, Section 5C, Parcel 3. Application by Jillian Arnold for C&T Tire Services, Inc.

• Item 22-15-20 — Approved variances from the requirements of Appendix A — Zoning Code of the City of Douglasville, Article III Restrictions on Particular Uses, Division 5 — Stream Buffer Protection, Section 3.85-Buffer and Setback Requirements, Subsections 3.85.01 and 3.85.02 to reduce the setback requirements for grading and impervious surfaces to grant: (a) a 25-foot variance from the 50-foot undisturbed natural vegetative stream buffer requirement of section 3.85.01 of Appendix A — the Zoning Ordinance, to require a 25-foot buffer of the proposed project; and (b) a 25-foot variance from the 25-foot additional stream setback requirement of section 3.85.02 of Appendix A — the Zoning Ordinance on the northwest buffer of the stream on 1.24 +/- acres at 5990 Fairburn Road in Land Lots 50, District 1, Section 5, Parcel 5.  Application made by Hughes-Ray Company, Inc. Darryl Ray.

• Item 22-15-21 — Table an item authorizing the Mayor to sign a Development Agreement with D.R. Horton – Crown, LLC for development plan approval and development of Braylen Manor subdivision.

• Item 23-15-09 — Authorized the Mayor to sign the 2015 Loan Agreement between the National Museum of the United States Air Force and the City of Douglasville for the period of April 1, 2015, through March 31, 2016, for display of an F-105D aircraft at the City’s Airplane Memorial in Hunter Park.

• Item 24-15-07 — Tabled from April 6, 2015: Took no action to adopt a resolution to vacate and abandon a portion of Timberlane Circle, the same being a public street.

• Item 25-15-03 — Authorized the Mayor to sign an annual Service Agreement with Motorola Solutions, Inc., for the City of Douglasville’s Motorola Radio System for the period of July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.

• Item 28-15-10 — Authorized the Mayor to sign the City of Douglasville’s Section 125 Plan Document in accordance with the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, to be effective retroactive to December 31, 2014, and to be administered through the firm of Shaw-Hankins.

Contact Amanda Thomas by email at amanda@douglascountysentinel.com or by phone at 770-942-6571 ext. 226.

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