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Downtown Development Authority to purchase property, revitalize area, and assist residents through Impact46 partnership.
At its regular meeting on Monday, August 24, the Lawrenceville City Council approved an agreement with the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) to purchase 512 West Crogan Street, also known as Villa Lodge & Suites. This purchase allows the continuation of previous City Council revitalization efforts in the Lawrenceville Highway corridor near Central Gwinnett High School.
The City has partnered with Impact46 and the Lawrenceville Response Center to provide relocation funding, housing assistance, and financial/job counseling to those currently residing in the facility.
“We appreciate the City of Lawrenceville’s commitment to our initiatives,” said Jen Young, Impact46 Director. “Together we have a plan and a process in place to provide the necessary resources to ensure all individuals and families find new housing, as well as access to employment and nutrition in order to provide a path to long-term sustainable housing.”
The acquisition of Villa Lodge & Suites is part of an overall vision for economic revitalization of the Lawrenceville Highway corridor that includes the new School of the Arts at Central Gwinnett High School. The School of the Arts, currently under construction by the Gwinnett County School Board and partly funded by the City of Lawrenceville, will provide robust fine arts coursework, and a conservatory setting for select students specializing in the performing arts, visual arts, and technology for the arts. This new addition to Central Gwinnett High School will open August 2021.
The City is also currently providing an extension of Nash Street from the Gwinnett County Courthouse complex to Gwinnett Drive, providing better access to the Gwinnett County Courthouse, as well as opening up new development opportunities along the extension.
“The City is eager and excited to extend the redevelopment success we have seen in the immediate downtown area to the Lawrenceville Highway corridor,” said David Still, Mayor. “The acquisition of this property is another significant step in reaching our goal of providing new development in that area.”
The DDA will close on the property on September 30 and demolish the structures immediately thereafter. The City does not have immediate plans for the property and will work closely with the DDA to identify new development opportunities.
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