City Updates: Town Center Closing, New City Hall, Arts Council Survey, and more

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Peachtree Corners Town Center Elevation

This update and provided via Councilmember Jeanne Aulbach, Post 4

Town Center Closing: We closed on the Town Center Property with Fuqua Development on February 28th. There are still some outstanding items that need to be completed prior to ground breaking. Once the ground-breaking date is set, hopefully by May, there will be an announcement and all will be invited. As I have mentioned before, this is designed to complement the Forum. Cinebistro will be the anchor tenant. There will be restaurants, some retail, offices and town homes.

Crawford & Company Relocates HQ to Peachtree Corners: Great news for Peachtree Corners as we add another 500 jobs to our already thriving economy. Many people do not realize that Peachtree Corners has about as many jobs as it does residents! You can read more about the move here.

New City Hall: Our lease on our current City Hall is up at the end of this year. The lease payments, if we remain in our current location, would be going up significantly. Because of that and other factors, we decided to look for a new location for City Hall. The other factors include: insufficient space in our lobby for people conducting business with city; no security for employees; no public restrooms for meetings; no space large enough for events; an aging and inefficient HVAC system; etc. We have leased the first floor at 310 Technology Parkway and will be relocating no later than the end of the year.

Part of the lease agreement includes an option to purchase that we are considering. In the current rate environment, a purchase could make sense. The second floor of the building could be leased out and netted against the cash outflow, resulting in a net savings for the city over time, versus leasing.

The Arts in Peachtree Corners: The City of Peachtree Corners needs your input as it develops a master plan that will provide future direction for public and performing art in our community. Please take a few minutes to complete our short Peachtree Corners Arts and Culture Master Plan survey here.

City Financial Statements: We post our financial statements to the city web site. You can see monthly statements there as well as our budget documents and annual audited financials here. Monthly financials are usually available by the end of the following month.

Gwinnett County’s Comprehensive Transportation Plan: Gwinnett is asking for input on their county wide transportation plan. There is a final meeting tomorrow night at George Pierce Park. There is more information here as well as a link to the on-line survey. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey.

UPCCA Community Service Scholarships: This scholarship is for High School Seniors who reside in Peachtree Corners. Two $1,000 Scholarships will be awarded to students who have made the commitment to volunteer outside of school hours during their high school years. The deadline for applying is April 1. Click here for more information and to apply.

Peachtree Corners Business Association Scholarship: The Peachtree Corners Business Association (PCBA) is proud to announce an expansion of the scholarship opportunity for local high school Seniors, who demonstrate community spirit and initiative. 

For the fourth consecutive year, the PCBA will award a $1,000.00 scholarship to a deserving Norcross High School graduating Senior.

In addition, the PCBA is excited to announce an additional $1,000.00 scholarship, which will be awarded to a graduating Senior who is a resident of Peachtree Corners, regardless of which school they attend.

Applications due March 31. There is more info here.

Traffic Alert for Spalding Drive: Beginning March 1-15, a portion of Spalding Drive will be closed while Atlanta Gas Light replaces existing gas lines. The section of Spalding Drive between Peachtree Corners Circle and Jay Bird Alley will be affected. Construction crews will be working from 9 – 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Read more about this project here.

Traffic Alert for Peachtree Corners Circle: On Friday, March 24, Atlanta Gas Light will begin work on upgrading aging pipes along a portion of Peachtree Corners Circle.  The work will require intermittent lane closures. The area affected will be a one mile stretch of Peachtree Corners Circle between West Jones Bridge Road and Spalding Drive. All work will be done between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Read more about this project here.

 

City Council Meeting – Work Session – March 6 – Recap

Just a note that our work sessions are designed to give us the opportunity to talk about upcoming issues that we will be voting on in future council meetings. Going forward, much of the discussion will be at our work session and the items voted on in the consent agenda during the next council meeting.

City Council Meeting points and agenda for March 21, 2017 find here.

Events

City Manager Forum – Mar 20 – City Hall – 7:00 PM

Peachtree Corners new city manager, Brian Johnson, is holding a forum for the community on Monday, March 20, at 7 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. The purpose of the meeting is to allow Mr. Johnson to address a number of topics and answer citizens’ questions. Topics may include:

  • Public Facilities Authority
  • House Bill 204
  • Town Center
  • New city hall

Please plan to attend this important and informative meeting. A question and answer session will be included.  If time allows, Mr. Johnson will answer questions on additional topics.

Rep. Scott Hilton Meet & Greet

Scott Hilton, our newly elected Peachtree Corners State Representative is holding a series of Meet & Greets, schedule below. Come prepared for legislative updates and discussion. You can also sign up for e-mail updates. Just e-mail Scott at Scott.Hilton@house.ga.gov. You can call or text him at 404 951-8902.

• March 25th, 9:00AM – Duluth Rexall Pharmacy – 3165 Buford Hwy, Duluth, GA

City Sponsored Storm Drain Stenciling – Mar 25 – Meet behind Sprouts – 8:30 AM

The city is hosting a Storm Drain Stenciling event on Saturday, March 25, starting at 8:30 a.m. Volunteers are asked to meet in the gravel parking lot just off Medlock Bridge Road (behind the bank and Sprouts). 

Before stenciling work begins coffee, hot chocolate, water and doughnuts will be served. All volunteers will be required to sign waivers, and listen to a short presentation on safety precautions and requirements.

A brief stenciling demonstration will take place before we depart to the neighborhoods. All volunteers will be given traffic vests, gloves and supplies. We will also be placing door hangers on every front door in each neighborhood, and we will need volunteers for this activity as well. We will provide the information so that if a homeowner asks questions, you are prepared. This will be a non-painting activity.

Protecting our streams, creeks and rivers is a community effort. You can make a difference. To volunteer or for more information, contact Melissa Schwartz mschwartz@peachtreecornersga.gov.

Annual COPS Meeting – Mar 27 – Christ the King Lutheran Church – 7:00 – 9:00 PM

UPCCA will be holding the Annual COPS Meeting on March 27, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at Christ the King Lutheran Church.  Mike Mason, Mayor of Peachtree Corners, Butch Ayers, Gwinnett County Police Chief, Danny Porter, District Attorney for Gwinnett County, Major Everett Spellman, Gwinnett County Police West Precinct Commander, and Officer Trent Greene will be in attendance.  This meeting fulfills your annual COPS meeting obligation.

PCBA – Speaker Series – Legislative Update from Scott Hilton – Apr 20 – Ippolito’s – 5:30 – 7:30 PM

The evening will start with networking, food, and appetizers on the covered patio at Ippolito’s followed by a Legislative Update from Scott Hilton including a Q&A Session. This is the perfect opportunity to hear the most recent updates from the 2017 Legislative Session. You can see more information and register here.

 UPCCA Great American Cleanup – April 22 – Various Locations – 9:30 – 11:00 AM

The UPCCA is teaming up with our city officials again this year to clean up streets around our beautiful city. The event is part of The Great American Cleanup™ sponsored by Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful. The Great American Cleanup™ represents the nation’s largest annual community improvement program. Volunteers will work in small teams to clean up litter and illegal signs around some of the roads in Peachtree Corners. All supplies including a bright colored vest, gloves, bags, large grippers and water will be provided. Children 12 years old and above are invited to participate with an adult.

Rain Date: Saturday, April 29, 9:30 to 11 am. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Pat Bruschini at pbruschi@bellsouth.net.

 

As always, please feel free to e-mail me (Jeanne Aulbach), or call or text me at 404 786-4825 with questions or ideas. You can also sign up for the monthly newsletter and bulletins by clicking here.

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