The Atlanta Regional Commission presented the Regional Excellence Award for Livable Center to the City of Lawrenceville and the Novare Group for the Lawrenceville Lawn and Lawrenceville SouthLawn at the State of the Region on Friday, October 27, 2023.
The Lawrenceville Lawn, a 5.5-acre City of Lawrenceville park, and the adjacent Lawrenceville SouthLawn mixed-use development bring new green space, housing, and shops to the City’s vibrant downtown.
The Lawn features a volleyball court, dog park, playground and amphitheater and boasts an exciting schedule of events. The SouthLawn is a live-work-play community that includes 15,000 square feet of retail, 159 single family homes and 426 apartments and townhomes.
This ambitious public-private project fulfills the community’s long-range vision developed almost 20 years through ARC’s Livable Centers Initiative.
Other Regional Excellence Awards presented are:
Other 2023 Regional Excellence Awards are:
- Innovative Development – This award went to ARRC Capital Partners, Tenth Street Ventures, and Alexander Goshen for 12 Hundred Studios, a micro-apartment building that provides affordable housing.
- Great Place – The Annie E. Casey Foundation was honored for Pittsburgh Yards, an innovative co-working space that has quickly become an economic hub for all of South Atlanta.
- Livable Center – The award went to the City of Lawrenceville and Novare Group for The Lawn and Lawrenceville SouthLawn, a park and adjacent mixed-use development that has brought new energy to the city’s downtown.
- The honorable mention went to the City of College Park and developer Booker T. Washington for South Park Cottages, a tiny-home community in College Park that makes homeownership affordable in a part of town that is heavily dominated by renters.
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The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is the official planning agency for the 11-county Atlanta Region, including Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, and Rockdale counties as well as the City of Atlanta and 74 other cities. The Atlanta Regional Commission’s mission is to foster thriving communities for all within the Atlanta region through collaborative, data-informed planning and investments.