A preliminary site plan was in the city's recent newsletter:
Development (and particularly restaurant development) is already booming in Snellville and the larger U.S. 78 corridor. New Zaxby's, Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, Cook Out, Cracker Barrel, Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q and Culver's locations have either already arrived or are under construction.
All of that, though, falls safely under the more traditional suburban motif.
The future of the more innovative city market project will depend on a lot of things, van Otteren said. Those include Gwinnett's upcoming vote on whether or not to extend a 1 percent sales tax for road and construction projects, discussions with the county and the library board and, of course, continued conversations with the Snellville community.
That said, it could all happen relatively quickly.
"It's kind of the dream of some of the elected officials that we would turn dirt sometime in ," Van Otteren said. "... We've got a lot to do, but we want to get it done."