Town Center is Growing!

Big things are happening around town!  Have you noticed some dirt moved, trees coming down, and general construction activity around downtown and Suwanee Town Center? We asked our citizens what they wanted, and they said, "More Town Center" – so we're giving it to them!


Solis Town Center

Solis Town Center
Terwilliger Pappas, in partnership with Cal Atlantic and the Suwanee Downtown Development Authority, started development of Solis Town Center, a modern 4-5 story mixed-use development adjacent to Suwanee Town Center.  The development will include 12,000 square feet of street level retail space fronting Buford Highway and 240-unit apartments above and adjacent to the commercial space. Set on about 12 acres, the property will also feature 70 luxury townhouses to the rear.  The entire $75 million public-private development will wrap around a four-level parking deck that will provide additional public parking for visitors to Suwanee Town Center. The development is intended to complement and support the existing Suwanee Town Center which features a 10-acre, urban-style park, 100,000 square feet of retail space and 87,000 square feet of office space.


Buford Highway

Buford Highway
The construction of a better Buford Highway will begin this fall between McGinnis Ferry Road and George Pierce Park. Over the last several years, the Georgia Department of Transportation and city of Suwanee have been partnering to develop a design that enhances Buford Highway.  The end result will be a better road that will handle a similar volume of traffic as today, but in a way that slows down vehicles while accommodating pedestrians and cyclists. Construction is expected to begin in the Fall of 2017 and last approximately 18 months.
Click here for more details and updates on these, and other projects around our community.

City of Suwanee Receives AAA Bond Rating

The City of Suwanee has received a AAA long-term bond rating from Standard & Poor's (S&P) Global Ratings with a stable outlook. AAA bond rating is the highest rating attainable. According to S&P, the AAA rating reflects their opinion of the city's very strong economy, management, budgetary performance and flexibility, liquidity, and institutional framework, as well as very weak debt and contingent liability position.

The series 2017 revenue bonds would be secured by contract payments made by Suwanee to the agency pursuant to an intergovernmental contract under which the city has agreed to make payments to the agency in amounts sufficient to pay principal and interest on the bonds. The city is in the process of issuing approximately $22 million in revenue bonds with the city's Urban Redevelopment Agency that will finance the costs associated with redevelopment projects identified in the 2017 Urban Redevelopment Plan Update, including public parks and quality-of-life amenities and transportation improvements.

The city previously received a AAA bond rating from S&P Global Ratings in 2014.

2040 Comprehensive Plan Survey

The City of Suwanee is updating our Comprehensive Plan, and we want your input! Click here to share your thoughts about the future of Suwanee as we plan for the next 20 years.

The 2040 Plan will be an update to the Suwanee 2030 Comprehensive Plan, which was completed in 2008. The Comprehensive Plan is a city-wide plan and an important tool for guiding future decisions about where and how to manage population growth and development within the City.

For more information and to stay informed about Suwanee's 2040 Plan process visit suwanee2040plan.com.

Suwanee SculpTour on Otocast

Ready to experience Suwanee SculpTour in a whole new way? Download Otocast (for free!) on your smart phone and hear about each piece in the 2017-19 exhibit, directly from the artists themselves!

Otocast guides facilitate discovery of recommended "points of interest" in any geography and encourage exploration of the surrounding area, which in turn increases engagement and benefits local businesses and economy. The Otocast app is currently being used to let people access over 1,900 points of interest across almost 100 guides for public art, historic sites, murals, landmarks, architecture, monuments, and other points-of-interest that get people more engaged with their surroundings, encourage exploration, and spend more time enjoying the area. 

The guides sort themselves based on location, so using it in your area will show your guide at the top of the list, with other nearby guides following – like having a BFF who knows all the cool facts and stories about the things you want to see!

Welcome Center

You've seen them all over town – now you can have your very own! Suwanee summer swag is available at the Welcome Center, located at the North Gwinnett Arts Association at 3930 Charleston Market Street in Town Center. Show your love of the goats, proudly declare that you arted, or choose from a number of other Suwanee items. Show your Suwanee pride!

Farmers Market Returns

The season of fresh produce, lovely flowers, and yummy baked goods returns to Suwanee when the City's Farmers Market opens at Town Center Park Saturday, May 13. The market is open 8 am-noon Saturdays through September 30.

"The Suwanee Farmers Market has a loyal customer and farmer base," notes Suwanee Events Manager Amy Doherty. "Our market is almost as much a social event as it is an opportunity to access locally grown produce and a variety of other items, such as salsa, honey, eggs and meat, seafood, and baked goods."

Upcoming Events

Broadway in the Park 5K & Fun Run July 22 | 7 a.m.

The first ever Broadway in the Park 5K & Fun Run will serve as a fundraiser for Suwanee Performing Arts. Participants will be greeted by characters from the upcoming Broadway in the Park shows, and are encouraged to embrace the spirit of those shows by dressing in costumes inspired by The Lion King and Madagascar.  In addition to the conventional race awards, prizes will be awarded for the Best Dressed Lion, the Best Roar, and Best Performance of "Hakuna Matata," among other categories.  Racers may register at Big Peach Running Co. or at SuwaneePerforming Arts.org.

Movies Under the Stars July 22 | 7 p.m.

Movies Under the Stars is bringing double features to Town Center Park this summer! The movies are free and open to the public. Bring chairs, blankets, and snacks. No alcohol may be brought into the park, but food and beverages, including beer and wine, may be purchased from Town Center merchants.
7:00 p.m. – The Lego Batman Movie
8:45 p.m. – Captain America: Civil War

Be Prepared to Feel the Love Tonight at Broadway in the Park

Musical theatre returns to Town Center Park again this summer with Suwanee Performing Arts' Broadway in the Park presentation of Disney's The Lion King JR. and opening act Madagascar - A Musical Adventure JR. on July 28 and July 29.

Broadway in the Park is the Suwanee Performing Arts' signature summer production performed in the park each July. The Town Center amphitheater is transformed into a Broadway-style stage with professional lighting, sound, costumes, sets, and our community's most talented high school, middle school, and home school students. Consulting with volunteers from the Center for Puppetry Arts, Suwanee Performing Arts will create spectacular, larger-than-life characters certain to enchant audiences of all ages and walks of life.

The rain-or-shine performances draw approximately 4,000 people per show. Performances begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but you should plan to arrive early to claim seats on the lawn and dine at local restaurants. Reserved premium seating, tables for sponsors, or general admission seating near the front of the stage is available. Contact Suwanee Performing Arts at info@suwaneeperforms.com or 678-482-6333.

Nourishment for the Mind, Body, & Soul

For the past four years, the City of Suwanee and Harvest Farm have collaborated to develop the first public orchard and playground in the Southeast.  Featuring a fully functional orchard that will be open to the community and public, the Orchard at White Street Park was designed to provide families with a fun and engaging space that changes through the seasons, encourages creative and self-guided outdoor play, and grows fresh fruit.

In addition to trees yielding fruit, the Orchard at White Street Park also includes lawn areas for relaxation and play, a pavilion, winding pathways, and natural construction children's play features throughout the one acre site.

While the space itself is already open to the public, the orchard will continue to be planted over the next few months, largely by community volunteers. Click here for more information about the Orchard at White Street Park, volunteering, or making a donation.

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