Gwinnett’s Olympics-era eyesore will finally meet its maker

It appears the Stone Mountain Tennis Center — which began its life hosting events during the 1996 Olympics but has since fallen into a dramatic state of disrepair — will finally be put to death.

And soon.

The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to award TOA, LLC, the roughly $1 million task of demolishing the 7,200-seat, 15-court venue near Bermuda Road and U.S. 78.

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.

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