Events at Prototype Prime
- May 8 – Refresh South: A Fireside Chat with Octane Coffee’s Tony Riffel
- May 11 – Founders LIVE Atlanta
- May 17 – 2nd Food Truck Day with Mac the Cheese Truck, King of Pops, and more to be announced!
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
147 Technology Parkway
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092
GWINNETT COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION IS HIRING LIFEGUARDS
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 www.gwinnettcounty.com. Competitive pay starts at $9 per hour.
WHO: General public, 16–up.
WHERE: Various Aquatic Centers, contact email@example.com 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,
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
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.
- A permanent barrier is required to surround pools and the top of the barrier shall not be less than 60″ in height.
- 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 www.gwinnett-assessor.com.
Join us May 19th for the 8th Annual Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame!
Keynote Speaker: Coach Dan Quinn – Atlanta Falcons Head Coach
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
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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 www.furkids.org
Pool & Deck Safety
- A permanent barrier is required to surround pools and the top of the barrier shall not be
less than 60” in height.
- Make sure all pedestrian gates in the barrier fence for your pool are self-closing and selflatching.
- 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.
- Reaching and throwing aids like poles should be kept near the pool and should remain
stationary and not be misplaced through play activities.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- When grilling, have a fire extinguisher, a garden hose or at least 4 gallons of water close
by in case of a fire.
- 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, firstname.lastname@example.org