This Week in Peachtree Corners – 5/4/2017

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Events at Prototype Prime

Startup Week Office Hours with our Co-Founders:

  • May 8 – Mayor Mike Mason and Sanjay Parekh, Co-founders, Prototype Prime

ATDC @ Prototype Prime:

  • May 16, May 30 – Office hours with Bob Schack, Community Catalyst
  • May 16 – Lunch and Learn with Kirk Barnes, Community Catalyst

May 19, May 23 – Office hours with a Mentor

Prototype Prime
147 Technology Parkway
Suite 100
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092




WHAT:              Lifeguard training courses for May and June offered free of charge to those interested in becoming a lifeguard for summer of 2017. Certified lifeguards can apply online at Competitive pay starts at $9 per hour.

WHEN:             Ongoing.

WHO:               General public, 16–up.

WHERE:           Various Aquatic Centers, contact for more information.


National Kids to Parks Day Events

May 20 from 5:00pm to 11:30pm. It’s three events rolled into one As part of National Kids to Parks Day, Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation and Live Healthy Gwinnett are hosting a Spring into Summer event, races, and a movie under the stars. See below for details about these events


From the Mayor’s Desk May 2017

Q&A: City’s Decision to Purchase New City Hall Building

On Friday, April 28, 2017 we issued a press release announcing the purchase of a building in

Technology Park which will serve as the new Peachtree Corners City Hall. I’m sure you have

questions. Following is a Q&A which should provide the answers to the city’s decision.

Q: Why purchase a building, why not continue renting the current space?

A: The decision to purchase was based on several factors. Remaining at its current location, the

city would be facing a substantial rent increase. Conversely purchasing property would be a

more fiscally prudent option as the new location, which has more square footage, will also

allow the city to lease out a portion of the building, providing additional income which will

offset the monthly cost. Purchasing a building in Tech Park also represents an investment in the

city itself. The purchase will lend itself to our economic development plans to transform Tech

Park into an innovation hub and is taking a vacant building that six months ago was in

foreclosure and returning it back to a productive use.

Q: Where is the new building located and what is the purchase price?

A: The building is located about ½ mile west of the current City Hall. The address is 310

Technology Parkway. The purchase price of the building is $4.59 million.

Q: How large is the new building?

A: The 310 Technology Parkway building is 61,244 square feet. The city will occupy the first

floor and lease out the second floor.

Q: How does it compare to renting the current space to owning the larger building?

A: A renewed lease on the current 12,500 square foot space would result in the city paying

almost $16,000 per month in rent. Leasing rather than owning means there is no accumulation

of ownership equity. With the second floor of the new building rented out, the city’s monthly

cost could be reduced to an amount comparable with the monthly cost of a renewed lease on

147 Technology Parkway.

Q: The city is moving to a building with over 30,000 square feet. What will the city do with

the extra 17,500 square feet of space?

A: The additional square footage will accommodate a larger council chambers, election space

and additional meeting space which would also be available for public use. The large meeting

space will be multi-purpose for diverse uses and will be available to the public (i.e. Rotary Club,

UPCCA, etc.)

Q: What other advantages does the new building have over the current City Hall?

A: Unlike the current space being used for City Hall, the new building will be fully compliant

with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), have public restroom access, and will provide a

safe and secure environment for the residents, visitors, and staff that will access the building


Q: The current location is rather hard to find. Will the new location be easier to locate?

A: Yes, currently City Hall is difficult to find for first-time visitors. It is tucked behind another

building making it often difficult for visitors to locate our city hall. The 310 Technology Parkway

building offers road frontage with clear visibility from the street. It’s also just steps away from

the city’s multi-use trail.

Q: How will the cost of the building be financed?

A: It will be financed through the Georgia Municipal Association. The loan will be paid off in 15


Q: How does the city’s decision to purchase a building compare with other new cites in the

metro area?

A: The City of Dunwoody recently purchased a 45,000 square-foot building for $8,050,000

($178 per square foot) for use as its new city hall. The City of Johns Creek recently purchased a

75,000 square-foot building for $9,405,125 ($125 per square foot) for use as its new city hall.

The City of Peachtree Corners’ purchase of a 61,244 square-foot building for $4.593,000 ($75

per square foot) for use as its new city hall compares very favorably from a financial standpoint.

Q: Why not build a brand-new City Hall?

A: The City’s decision to renovate an existing building rather than building a brand-new facility

is a fiscally conservative and responsible decision and more cost effective than new


Q: When will the new City Hall open?

A: Renovations to accommodate the City’s needs will begin shortly, the work is expected to be

complete by fall 2017. We expect to be operating out of the new City Hall shortly after the

renovations are complete



Occupational Tax Certificates Required for Home-Based Businesses

Did you know that if you are you operating a business out of your home you are required to submit an application with the city and adhere to the requirements for a Home Based Occupation?

Please read the Qualifications and Conditions to ensure you are able to comply with these guidelines. If you are unable to meet these guidelines, the business cannot be operated from your residence.

Owners of home-based businesses must also complete and submit a Business License Application. Forms are available on the city’s website. For questions, please contact Business License Officer Alvenease Jackson by email or by phone: 678-691-1208.



Burn Ban Now in Effect

The annual burn ban officially began on May 1 and continues until September 30. The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) imposes a total ban on outdoor burning in 54 counties – including Gwinnett.

The burn ban prohibits citizens and businesses from burning yard and land-clearing debris. During the summer months in Georgia, the ozone in the air we breathe can reach unhealthy levels.


Backyard and Pool Safety Tips for the Summer

With summer close upon us, so comes the threat of accidents and injuries that happen in our own backyards. Following is a list of important tips to remember for backyard and pool safety:

Pool & Deck Safety.

  1. A permanent barrier is required to surround pools and the top of the barrier shall not be less than 60″ in height.
  2.  Make sure all pedestrian gates in the barrier fence for your pool are self-closing and self-latching.


City Adds 27 New Businesses in April

Peachtree Corners City Hall processed new business tax certificates for a variety of businesses last month including a courier service, music school and an art dealer.

See the complete list of 27 businesses along with contact information.



7th Annual Peachtree Corners Festival & Concert June 9-11

Get ready to shop, rock and enjoy the weekend at the upcoming 7th annual Peachtree Corners Festival. The dates for this year’s festivities are June 9, 10 & 11 and include a free concert on Friday night.

The Friday evening concert begins at 7 p.m. and features Departure – The Journey Tribute Band and the opening band, The Excellerators.

Saturday and Sunday enjoy arts and crafts, a car show, kids activities, food and more entertainment. Visit the festival’s website for more information.



County Mails Property Tax Assessment Notices

On April 7, Gwinnett County mailed 277,000 Annual Notices of Assessments to residential and commercial property owners. The notice is not a tax bill.

Notices are mailed to notify property owners of the current year value assessed on taxable property and provides a reason for any change in the value. The current year value identified on the notice is the value that is used by the Tax Commissioner to calculate property taxes later in the year.

If you disagree with the assessment, you have 45 days from the date on the annual notice of assessment to file a written appeal. For more information about property values and appeals, visit


Join us May 19th for the 8th Annual Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame!

Keynote Speaker: Coach Dan Quinn – Atlanta Falcons Head Coach

2017 Inductees:
Courtney Puckett Oros, Providence – Gymnastics
Tony Akins, Berkmar – Basketball
Jack Britt, Central Gwinnett/Grayson – Athlete/Coach
Kyle Maynard, Collins Hill – Wrestling
Chad Hall, Wesleyan – Football

For more information on tickets or sponsorship opportunities click here.


Petsmart and Furkids – National Adoption Weekend

Carolyn Marczak from River Place · 28m ago

May 6 and May 7. Join Furkids for Cinco De Meow-O: Adults $55, Kittens $75 or $125/pair
Adult cats in pairs for price of one adoption fee.
To adopt, go to


Pool & Deck Safety

  1. A permanent barrier is required to surround pools and the top of the barrier shall not be

less than 60” in height.

  1. Make sure all pedestrian gates in the barrier fence for your pool are self-closing and selflatching.
  2. Remove all chairs, tables, large toys or other objects that would allow a child to climb up

to reach the gate latch or enable the child to climb over the pool fence.

  1. Reaching and throwing aids like poles should be kept near the pool and should remain

stationary and not be misplaced through play activities.

  1. All pool and hot tub drains (suction outlets) must have a cover or grate that meets

industry standards for suction fittings marked to indicate compliance with ANSI/ASME

A112.19.8 2007. Check to see that these covers are not broken or in disrepair, and that

they are anchored firmly over the drain openings.

  1. Install a pool alarm to detect accidental or unauthorized entrance into the water. While

the alarm provides an immediate warning, it does not substitute for the barrier fences,

door alarms and/or safety covers are required by code.

  1. Check for warning signs of an unsafe deck, including loose or wobbly railings or support

beams, missing or loose screws that connect a deck to the house, corrosion, rot and


Grill Safety

  1. Place the grill away from the siding, deck railings and out from under eaves and

overhanging branches. It is also unsafe to use grills in a garage, porch or enclosed area

that could trap carbon monoxide. Never grill on top of anything that can catch on fire.

  1. When grilling, have a fire extinguisher, a garden hose or at least 4 gallons of water close

by in case of a fire.

  1. Keep children away from fires and grills. Establish a safety zone around the grill and

instruct the children to remain outside of the zone. A chalk line works great for this

purpose. Never leave the grill unattended.

Ringo McCollum, Peachtree Corners Building Official,

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