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Council OKs Property Transactions in City's Center

Lilburn Mayor Johnny Crist: “These are two very big vision pieces in our city."

(Note: This report is based on a City of Lilburn press release)

The Lilburn City Council approved two important property transactions at its monthly meeting Monday night.

--The council approved the transfer of 38 acres of Gwinnett Water and Sewer Authority property to the Lilburn Downtown Development Authority. The former site of the Jackson Creek Water Treatment Facility, located near the intersection of Lawrenceville Highway and Indian Trail-Lilburn Road, is the property tied to Big League Dreams, the city's proposed multi-use sports complex.

The property has 1,350 feet of frontage on Indian Trail Road and around 500 feet more on Lawrenceville Highway. 

According to a press release emailed Monday evening, "The DDA’s ownership opens up many opportunities for the property’s redevelopment, but ultimately provides city control over its future."

--The council also approved property called the "final piece of property necessary for the realignment of Main Street," according to the press release. The $2-million Main Street project, which will realign the entry way to Old Town from Lawrenceville Highway, is expected to begin early next year and take six months to complete.

The realignment is part of the city's revelopment plans that include the construction of a new City Hall and library off Church Street. It is expected to be completed in late 2014 and cost $10 million, paid for with SPLOST funding (from voter-approved one-percent sales tax for special projects).

City officials say Monday's approvals are another step toward the redevelopment of the city's center at Indian Trail and Lawrenceville Highway.

“These are two very big vision pieces in our city. It is important for the city to lead development in a direction that will encourage quality growth and make Lilburn a destination,” Mayor Johnny Crist said in a released statement.

John Henderson October 09, 2012 at 02:31 PM
" The realignment of Main Street' = the death of the remaining merchants in Historic downtown for sure. If Lilburn had a focus on the two block Historic downtown commercial district the old Blue rooster space would have been filled by know.
Lilburn Community Partnership October 09, 2012 at 11:42 PM
It may seem that little is being done by city leaders to focus on Main St. The truth is that leaders actually began planning for redevelopment back in 2002 when they gathered community input that resulted in theTown Center Plan. That plan resulted in a new mixed use zoning project that (prior to the downturn) had great promise for redeveloping downtown. Another part of that plan was putting power lines underground and streetscaping our town center. The latest implementation of the plan is the Greenway Trail. During these efforts city leaders have used state legislation to enable the formation of Tax Allocation Districts, the Lilburn Downtown Authority and most recently the Lilburn Commuity Improvement District. Planning for redevelopment in Lilburn has been methodical and conservative. Tax rates have remained low and the operating budget has actually decreased. Economic times have not been conducive to our dreams of a revitalized Lilburn happening as quickly as we would like. However, there are many in the city who continue to work to make the vision of a revitalized LIlburn happen. So while it looks as if nothing is happening, there is a lot gong on. I would invite you to come to the next Downtown Development Authority meeting on Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m. or you might attend one of the Alcohol Review Board meetings. In addition to these meetings there are the Mayor's Town Hall meetings and the monthly Council work sessions and meetings. Please feel welcome to come.

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