A contractor that demolished an old house across from the Barrow Crossing retail center obtained the required county permit six days after the structure was razed.
But the owner of the property, Island Ford Trusts, was not penalized by the Barrow County Department of License & Permits for failing to obtain the permit prior to the April 15 demolition.
In addition, the April 21 permit application lists the owner of the property as Walter Stewart of Roswell.
Stewart bought the tract in 1986 from a local couple, but sold it in 1994 to Island Ford Trusts, which had been established by his brother-in-law, former GDOT commissioner Thomas D. Moreland.
Stewart’s 1986 purchase of the land directly in the path of the future Hwy. 316 became the subject of a brief investigation by the Georgia Attorney General’s Office, but the inquiry ended within days and Moreland left his state post.
Despite not obtaining the correct permit to demolish the house on the property, no penalty will be enforced, according to county License and Permits official Lyn Clement, because the work was done properly. Photo by Jessica Brown
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