Now to answer the question: Time caught up to the towers. What wound up being their final paint job cost the county $183,000 and – even after water system improvements made them obsolete -- annual operating costs ran north of $100K, too.
In March 2010, Gwinnett commissioners decided to scrap the towers. Like, literally scrap them.
By the end of August 2010, crews from Tristar of America, Inc. began picking the towers apart, cutting them into small pieces before they were shipped to a scrap yard, shredded and melted down for recycling -- for the most part anyway. Nick Masino, a senior VP at the Gwinnett Chamber, just recently tweeted a photo showing a remnant of one tower:
When the towers were gone, children wept, commuters lowered their moonroofs in respect, and thousands marched upon the Gwinnett County Justice and Administration Center. OK, not so much. It was actually pretty anticlimactic, and the plots remain empty today.
And there you have it. Your (our) very first "Actual Factual Gwinnett” column. Where we go from here is up to you. Unless your suggestions are very boring. Then I'll be forced to continue conversing with himself.
And no one wants that.