PEACHTREE CORNERS, Ga.  (WGCL) — A fight is building in Peachtree Corners over how to handle the non-living. A cemetery owner wants to build a crematory on his property, but some residents said the plan could make them sick.

Jeff Crowell runs Crowell Brothers Funeral Home. “We’ve worked here practically all our lives,” said Crowell. “We’ve been in business 56 years.” Recently, Crowell decided it would be best if he changed his business plan.

“Fourty-four percent of our business is asking to be cremated,” said Crowell.

Crowell asked city councilors for a special use permit to open a crematory on his property. Currently, Peachtree Corners is not zoned for Crowell’s plans.

“I’m not opposed to cremation. I’m opposed to an incinerator across the street,” said neighbor, Darrell Creedon.

Creedon and his wife, Christy, live some six football fields away from where Crowell plans to build a crematory. Even so, both say they’re concerned about their health. The couple has been going door-to-door, warning neighbors.

“Cancer? We don’t know. That’s the problem,” said Christy Creedon.

Crowell insists there’s nothing to worry about.

“There’s no smoke, there’s no odor, there’s no noise. Nobody is going to know it’s there other than a chimney,” said Crowell. “It’s a highly sophisticated piece of machinery.”

“Let’s consider what the living are wanting,” said Creedon.

City councilors will decide whether Crowell will receive a special use permit Oct. 21 at 7 p.m.

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