Downtown Development Authority

Overview

The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) of Lawrenceville, Georgia, serves as a resource to City Council for the purpose of revitalizing downtown through smart land use planning, land banking, recruitment & retention of business to the area and the strategic execution of the people’s vision to be a vibrant and inclusive urban center.

Meetings

The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) typically meets the second Monday of each month at 5:00 pm unless otherwise specified. All meetings are on the fourth floor of City Hall in the Council Chambers. In the event of a conflict, meetings will be on the third floor of City Hall in the GwMA Conference Room.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to meetings. Minutes are available following their approval.
View most recent Agendas & Minutes

Current Projects

Façade Grant Program

The Downtown Development Authority of Lawrenceville recently relaunched the Façade Grant Program. Businesses within the Downtown Entertainment District were able to apply and receive reimbursement for expenses incurred during renovations performed on the exterior façade. Façade renovations are any projects that enhance or update the exterior of the building such as painting, restoration, stabilization, awning additions, improved signage, etc. 

Eligibility

  • Project must be located within the Downtown Entertainment District   
  • Reimbursement is only for expenses incurred during renovations performed on the exterior façade 
  • The project must also comply with all applicable building, development, zoning regulations, and ordinances. Subject to review of Planning and Development
  • If the property is part of the National Historic Register, the Building  Inspection Department will not issue a permit allowing change without a preservation review
  • Reimbursement is for half (up to $2,500/grant) of the total project cost
  • Grant is void if approved work is not completed within twelve months of approval

For additional details and the project timeline, view the Façade Grant Program Application (PDF). Please note: the window for applications is currently closed. Future application periods for the Façade Grant Program will be shared on this page.

View the example progress photos below!

Example: Perry Street Chophouse Before and After

Perry Street Chop House exterior
Perry Street Chop House white brick exterior

Members

The DDA is composed of seven City of Lawrenceville residents and members of the Downtown Lawrenceville business community who serve four-year terms as volunteers.

PostMemberTerm Expires
1Victoria Jones - Vice ChairmanDecember 31, 2025
2Jennifer "Jen" YoungDecember 31, 2025
3Joan "Joanie" Perry Ward - TreasurerDecember 31, 2025
4Katrina FellowsDecember 31, 2025
5Chris AdamsDecember 31, 2025
6Jeremy HigginbothamDecember 31, 2027
7Lee Merritt - ChairmanDecember 31, 2027