Duluth, GA – September 14, 2021 – The Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District’s (GPCID) board of directors recently announced that planning firm Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.® (VHB) has been selected to lead the revitalization strategy of Gwinnett Place Mall site as part of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s $275,000 Livable Centers Initiative grant awarded earlier this year.
In early June, a selection committee comprised of representatives from the Gwinnett Place CID, Gwinnett County government and the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) released a Request for Proposal (RFP) seeking the development of a strategy to revitalize the Gwinnett Place Mall site. After a detailed 60-day review and scoring process of the consultant responses received from around the nation, the Gwinnett County/ARC/CID committee unanimously recommended the consultant team led by VHB. VHB assembled a team that is uniquely qualified with national-level expertise in successful mall redevelopment and identifying the best possible development opportunities for sites in transition. For the Gwinnett Place Mall revitalization project, VHB is partnering with Atlas Technical Consultants, LLC; Perez Planning + Design, LLC; Purpose Possible, LLC; Retail Development Strategies, LLC; Van Meter Williams Pollack, LLP and the Center for Pan Asian Community Services.
“VHB was very honored to have our proposal chosen by the Gwinnett Place Mall site revitalization strategy’s Project Management Team,” said VHB’s Allison Stewart-Harris. “This is no ordinary planning project. We have listened and developed a tailored approach to ensure Gwinnett County community members, area stakeholders, property owners, local businesses and others have a say in the future revitalization of the Gwinnett Place Mall site.”VHB is based in Watertown, Massachusetts, and since 1979 has provided planning and engineering services with offices up and down the east coast, including Atlanta and Buford, Georgia. VHB specializes in transportation planning and engineering, land development, planning and design, and environmental services.
“The Gwinnett Place Mall site revitalization strategy is not just a visioning exercise or traditional Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) study,” said GPCID Executive Director Joe Allen. “It’s about refining an existing vision for a flourishing, internationally diverse, livable urban community and mapping out a reality-based guide for its implementation founded on local community input and direction combined with national, proven experience.” To learn more about VHB and their previous projects, visit their site here.
About Gwinnett Place CID
The Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District was founded in 2005 and is the premier employment and activity center for Gwinnett County with an annual economic impact of $13.4 billion on the County and Georgia. Its mission is to be the hub for economic vitality and employment activity and be recognized as a flourishing center for an internationally diverse, livable urban community. Gwinnett Place enjoys close proximity to the world-class Arena at Gwinnett Center, easy access to I-85 and Georgia Highway 316 corridors and serves as the gateway to Atlanta and all of Northeast Georgia. Annually, more than 8 million visitors come to Gwinnett Place seeking unique shopping experiences, an international mix of dining options and a wide array of entertainment venues. For more information, please visit the website or mobile channel, or connect via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram.
Maren Wilburn, on behalf of GPCID