Show Notes from July 13, 2017, This Week in Peachtree Corners

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Next week we plan to have on, candidate for the Democratic nomination for Congressional District 7, Steve Reilly.

Find out more about Steve on his campaign website.

 

State of the City Address with Mayor Mike Mason

Join us for the annual State of the City Address with Mayor Mike Mason and learn about the exciting events in Peachtree Corners including the Ground Breaking of our new Town Center.

Mayor Mason will share the plans for the Town Center, what the City will own, the cost to the City, and the proposed completion dates. Don’t miss this informative and exciting event presented by United Peachtree Corners Civic Association

July 24, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Christ the King Lutheran Church, 5575 Peachtree Parkway

 

Call for Volunteers – We need a Few MORE Good Men and Women!

The Peachtree Corners Veterans Monument Association has made great strides towards our fundraising goal, but we still have a way to go! This fall we plan to reach out to the 2,300 businesses located in Peachtree Corners to solicit donations to support the construction of the Monument.

Now is your opportunity to help with this project! Here are some details:

Attend an information session to learn about our plan to contact businesses concentrated during a four-week window that ends on November 11, 2017.

This will be a onetime only approach; we will not continue contact.

We will provide you training and other resources you need.

Please attend our information session from 7:00 to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, July 25 at Christ the King Lutheran Church.  Join us to learn more about the status of the Monument and the details of this project. Contact us at pcvma@comcast.net.

 

The 5th annual Light Up The Corners Twilight Trot & 4 Mile Glow Run will be held on August 12th at The Forum.  This event has taken on a life of it’s own and we are anticipating over 1,000 participants this year.  The City of Peachtree Corners (along with The Forum) is a title sponsor again this year, and plans are underway to make this the biggest and best race yet!
http://runthecorners.com
Amy Massey, Race Coordinator  404-683-5593

 


Update from Alex Wright:

– What will be on the Town Center

  • 2 acre Town Green (smaller than Suwanee Town Green but bigger than Duluth or Norcross town greens)
  • Cinebistro    http://cinebistro.com/
  • 10 restaurants
  • handful of retail stores
  • 70-75 high end town homes
  • Parking deck
  • botanical gardens along the creek between town center and Black Walnut

– What will the City own

  • Parking Deck
  • Town Green
  • botanical gardens
  • all roads/sidewalks
  • roughly 8 of the 21 acres of land (the other 13 acres is now owned by the developer)

How much did it all cost?

  • the project is estimated to be worth about $103M (the vast bulk of this funding coming from the private sector)
  • currently the city has paid for 8 of 21 acres of land (about $4.4M), and another $8.3M in cash that will pay for the parking deck and other internal improvements including part of the Town Green
  • the city will investing additional funds in FY18 for the Town Green ($1.25M) and in future years for the botanical gardens and significant road improvements in the immediate area along 141, PC Circle and Medlock Bridge

– When will it all be done?

  • we anticipate completion sometime toward the end of 2018

Does the city have any debt from this project?

  • No!  The city borrowed $11.5M back in 2013 to purchase the land but recently paid that loan off.  There is no outstanding debt for this project and all current and future improvements are scheduled to paid for with cash

 

Arts Update

The Arts Council contracted with a consulting group (the Sizemore Group) to help do an analysis of the arts scene in PTC and provide recommendations on how to strengthen the arts in our area.  The report provided a very detailed analysis of how the arts are a great economic engine, increase home values and attract young people.  It was quite extensive and detailed and is now available on the city website

http://www.peachtreecornersga.gov/government/community-development/city-projects

Main takeaway for me was the the recommendation for an arts center that has a theater component in the 200-500 range.  Interestingly the very, very first designs of the Town Center considered some type of arts center but for a variety of reasons that idea was not pursued.  I do think this is something would be a great addition to our city.  At this point its just conceptual but I do expect that we will hear more about this in the years to come.

  1. Former Fiserv Offices
  2. Spalding Woods Village Shopping Center
  3. Town Center/Forum Area West
  4. Town Center/Forum Area East
  5. Technology Park

 

Lane Expansion at Split – Done!

Probably about THREE years in the making but it finally got completed!  The one lane merge from 141 to PIB is now two lanes and it turns PIB into 4 lanes just beyond Jimmy Carter.  It won’t eliminate the huge backup on PIB every morning but it’ll help facilitate getting to the backup quicker….  There are discussions with GDOT and DeKalb to 4 lane PIB down to 285 (remove the shoulders) in coordination with the additional merge lane from PIB onto 285 that GDOT has planned for later this year / early next year.  4 laning all the way down and adding that merge lane will significantly help with our current backup issue.

 

New City Hall update

We anticipate moving into the new City Hall during the fall over a series of months.  Our current lease does not run out until the end of 2017 so there will be several months overlap as we move from one building to the next.

Some highlights

  • new building is 60k sq ft (we currently lease about 8k sq ft and have access to about 12k sq ft)
  • City plans on using bottom floor (30k sq ft) and leasing out the top part
  • The cash flow impact will be roughly neutral due to income from renting out top floor.  So, for the same amount of cash, we will have a much larger and newer facility and instead of renting we will be building equity
  • New facility will have large rooms that will be available for community gatherings

Fiserv Property update

The Fiserv Property recently sold.  Currently there is just speculation what the new owner may want to put there.  Due its proximity to the river, there will be limits on what the new owner can do.  We have heard lots of rumors but nothing concrete yet.  Its a great piece of land with lots of potential and I’m hopeful that whatever ends up there will be a great addition to the community.

 

The above is condensed from an eblast from  Alex Wright, City Council – Post 3

 


 

Summertime Deals: Campers Save 50% in August

Load up on s’mores this summer because we have big savings for campers. Stay at least two nights during July, and you’ll get a half-off coupon to come back in August. You can camp at any participating Georgia State Park for up to 14 days. Our modern campgrounds offer a wide range of choices, from pull-through RV sites to more remote tent sites. Showers are just a short walk away. We even have paddle-in camping at High Falls and Reed Bingham state parks. Learn more about the Georgia State Parks August Camping promotion. (http://gastateparks.org/specials)

 

Upcoming Events at Georgia State Parks

  • Find details and more programs at GaStateParks.org/events and on each park’s webpage.
  • Atlanta Audubon Bird Walk at Panola Mountain (Stockbridge) – July 14, 8:30 a.m.
  • Raft Building and Flotilla Fun at Red Top Mountain (Cartersville) — July 15, 10 a.m.
  • Rosie the Riveter at Roosevelt’s Little White House (Warm Springs) – July 15, 1 p.m.
  • Predators at Skidaway Island (Savannah) — July 15, 11 a.m.
  • Tails on Trails Dog Hike at Reed Bingham (Adel) – July 17, 1 p.m.
  • Arrowheads at Hardman Farm (Sautee Nacoochee) – July 18, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 

Walker Stalker Con – Atlanta returns for YEAR 5!

October 27th, 28th & 29th – The LARGEST Zombie Con in the world returns bigger and better! We’ve heard the things you want more of and we’re giving them to you! Over the course of the year, we’ve got new surprises to bring you and new experiences to immerse you in!  walkerstalkercon.com

 

Family Fun Day at the Farm | FREE!

July 15 at 10:00am. Celebrate National Hot Dog Day with food trucks, vendors, hay rides, games, and more. Call 678.277.0900 for more information. McDaniel Farm Park, 3521 McDaniel Road, Duluth.

Life-size Game Day 

July 15 at 6:30pm. Join us for some life-size games, including Battleship and Hungry Hungry Hippos. We will also open up our outdoor leisure pool Prizes will be awarded. Ages 4 and up. Cost: $5 per person. For more information, call 678.407.8801. West Gwinnett Park Aquatic Center, 4488 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Berkeley Lake.

 

 

 

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