Town Center is Growing

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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!
Keep reading to learn more about any of these prominent projects around Suwanee.
The Suwanee Downtown Development Authority is proud to announce a new partnership that will bring the City of Suwanee its first brewery and taproom. StillFire Brewing, a 20-barrel brewery and taproom, is set to begin construction this May near Town Center Park. StillFire plans to convert the soon-to-be-vacated Gwinnett County Fire Station 13 into a high-end industrial-style with original craft beers on tap. The brewery will also feature an outdoor patio and an adjoining city-owned green space, event space, and brewery tours. The lease agreement for Fire Station 13 between Gwinnett County and the Downtown Development Authority is set to expire in mid-April 2019. Gwinnett County plans to relocate the fire station to recently acquired property on Buford Highway near Westbrook Road.

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.
The Suwanee City Council unanimously approved a master plan for a large, 25-acre extension of Town Center Park in September 2016. Situated behind the Suwanee library and PlayTown Suwanee on Suwanee Dam Road and Main Street, the property was purchased in 2002 from the DeLay family as an early acquisition of the community-driven open space initiative. The design of the yet-to-be-named park is influenced by the style and quality of Town Center Park, but is by no means a replica, and will have its own unique character, personality, and purpose.
The 6,000-square-foot brick building in Old Town – constructed around 1909 – is owned by the city’s Downtown Development Authority. The building is currently being renovated to “white box” condition in preparation for leasing or selling it to an end user.
Terwilliger Pappas, in partnership with CalAtlantic 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.

The almost 60-year-old building, which served as City Hall in its early years, will be receiving a much-needed facelift. Renovations, which include a two-story addition, will significantly improve the court customer experience, as well as create more space for employees. The lobby will be greatly to accommodate court session crowds, court clerk work space will more than double, and the police Special Enforcement Unit will move in to allow the police to spread out in their station. The addition will include a basement, which will provide extremely convenient storage for Public Works and events.