County spokesman Joe Sorenson said demolition could begin as early as late June. The county will then “seek a private sector partner to redevelop the site through a competitive process,” Sorenson said.
Gwinnett has only owned the 24-acre tennis center property, which lies just inside the county line, since late last year. It took a land swap for the county to get its hands on the derelict venue.
In October, Gwinnett spent nearly $1.2 million to buy a 35-acre tract of land in nearby DeKalb County. It then turned that property over to the Stone Mountain Memorial Association, which in turn gave the tennis center property to Gwinnett.
Gwinnett County planned all along to demolish the facility and try to redevelop the property.
Tyler Estep is a reporter covering DeKalb County, its government and its people. A Gwinnett County native and University of Georgia graduate, he has been with the AJC since 2015. He previously covered his home county and served stints on the paper's hyperlocal and breaking news teams.