Permian Way is a road that connects to Mirror Lake Boulevard just north of Interstate 20 in Villa Rica. The road leads to LifeGate Church and a handful of small businesses, but a stretch of it is covered in dirt and debris, apparently because two developers got in an argument and one blocked the path.
There are ways to access the other side of the asphalt, but it’s inconvenient and causes confusion for people unfamiliar with the area.
But now Permian Way is no longer owned by the developer. Community and Southern Bank has taken over the land and there is new hope that it can be finished.
Tony Ashmore, pastor at LifeGate Church, said during Tuesday’s Villa Rica City Council meeting he hopes the road will be finished.
“In the beginning it wasn’t that big of a problem,” he said. “But now we are approaching 2,000 people and going to three services. We hire officers every Sunday to get people in and out between services and it would be a great help if you’d consider completing that section of road so we have exit and entrance two different ways.”
Drs. Eric and Michelle Vera, who own a business in the area, spoke at the February council meeting and expressed the same concerns.
“If you’re not in favor of it, go look at it,” said Michelle Vera. “Your community is embarrassed with a road like that.”
Villa Rica Mayor J. Collins was in Florida and missed Tuesday’s meeting, but did comment on the issue at the previous council meeting.
“Are you referring to the road off of Mirror Lake Boulevard that we were all hoodwinked on by developers who dug it up when they had a disagreement and now the council won’t condemn the property and do the right thing?” he said. “I’d love to condemn the property and right that wrong, but we need three other votes to do that.”
City officials have been in talks with C&S Bank about the issue, and today Villa Rica City Manager Larry Wood and Director of Community Development Janet Hyde are scheduled meet with a bank representative.
It’s not known right now how much it will cost to fix the road, but the council did authorize a survey of the land to be conducted if progress is made with the bank.
“If the bank does express interest one of the first steps is going to be getting a survey of the land needed for the road right of way,” Wood said. “You’ll have to have that no matter what.”