Development is booming in Gwinnett's cities these days.
Whether they're attempting to revitalize their downtowns (see Sugar Hill and Duluth), giving themselves a brand new face (see Peachtree Corners and Lilburn) and simply boasting their edible offerings (see Snellville and Lawrenceville), it seems like just about every Gwinnett County community is getting in on the game.
Find below a lengthy list of significant projects currently underway in and around Gwinnett's cities — and check out the gallery above for a better glimpse of what the future will look like.
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• On the southwest corner of Buford and Duluth highways, work has already begun on The Village in Duluth, a $64 million mixed-use development that will replace the now-demolished Proctor Square shopping center. The project will include "a 375 multi-family rental unit complex with 11 retail/office store fronts with connected living space and two corner restaurant sites."
• Near the corner of Lawrenceville and Main streets, work is well underway on The Block at Parson's Alley, a 30,000-square-foot restaurant and retail district surrounding Duluth's Village Green. Dreamland Bar-B-Que has already opened, as has O4W Pizza.
• On the western side of Duluth Highway and Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, a 31-acre development known as Sugarloaf Marketplace will include 330 luxury apartments and 75,000 square feet of retail. A Sprouts Farmers Market opened on the site in May.
• On the downtown square, beloved restaurant The Local Republic is in the process of building out a brand new (and much larger) space on N. Perry Street. The owners plan to backfill the current Local Republic space on W. Crogan Street with a fast-casual taco bar.
• On the northern corner of Church and Main streets, work is nearly done on Lilburn's brand new city hall complex — which will include a 24,000 square-foot government building, a 20,000 square-foot branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library and a clock tower.
The city's website currently estimates construction will be completed sometime in November.
• There's also a 7.6-acre mixed-use development planned for the corner of Main Street and Lawrenceville Highway, and included in the proposal are retail stores, "high-density housing with upscale amenities" — and "a minimum of three restaurant locations."
Construction could start by early 2017.
• The city is expected to break ground sometime this fall on its brand new Town Center development, a $150 million project on the corner of Medlock Bridge Road and Peachtree Parkway, just across from the popular Forum shopping center.
The project, spearheaded by Fuqua Development, will include a 40,000-square-foot theater, more than 51,000 square feet of restaurant space, 18,500 square feet of retail and office space and 74 townhomes, as well as a 750-spot parking deck. It will all surround a two-acre town green.
• Ga. 124 at Pharrs Road is a busy place these days. A Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers opened recently, and a new Zaxby's should soon. There are also plans in the works to bring a Cracker Barrel to the center, dubbed Park Place.
• More food news: Gwinnett's first Cook Out location is also coming to Snellville, at the corner of Scenic Highway and Dogwood Road.
• In June, the city broke ground on its EpiCenter project, a 30,000-square-foot development just east of City Hall that will feature a 350-seat community theater, a gym, shops, offices and restaurants.
• Talks are also in the works to bring a 4.5-acre mixed-use development to the Temple Drive area. That project would include a 150-room Wyndham hotel, a conference center and condos, as well as significant office, retail and restaurant space.
• Laser tag, anyone? On Northolt Parkway, just off Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road near I-85, work has begun on a new Main Event Entertainment location — a facility that will offer bowling, laser tag, restaurants and more. The project could be completed sometime this fall.
• On Suwanee Dam Road just north of Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, work is also underway on a 10,000-square-foot retail center. No tenants have been announced.