Lawrenceville, GA ‐ October 18, 2022 – Today, the Gwinnett Place Mall Site Revitalization Strategy Team, a partnership effort of Gwinnett County, the Atlanta Regional Commission and the Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District (CID) and consultant VHB presented the implementation strategy for transforming the Gwinnett Place Mall site to the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners. The implementation strategy, which is based on a data-driven, market-supportable and economically feasible analysis, as well as extensive community dialogue, is an action plan to create a vibrant community rooted in international culture, inclusivity and opportunity called Global Villages. Details about the Global Villages concept can be found here.
“We have partnered with staff members from Gwinnett County and the Atlanta Regional Commission throughout the past 12 months of the study’s lifecycle,” said Joe Allen, executive director – Gwinnett Place CID. “During that time, the team has been busy crafting an implementation strategy based on extensive community dialogue, national best practices and one that is focused on actionable data-driven opportunities. In total, more than 3,000 people engaged in the conversation about the site’s future, and that number does not include the 3,624 who offered online feedback. The proposed Global Villages concept is predominantly residential with modest amounts of new retail and office. A new international culture and community center and central park space are the focal points.
Development by the numbers:
- Residential: 2,700 – 3,800 new units
- Retail (new): 55,000 square feet (SF)
- Commercial (office): 50,000 SF
- Cultural center: 50,000 SF
- Parks: 12.7 acres
The plan leverages the County’s initial investment of $23 million in purchasing part of the mall site into an economic impact of $6.98 of private investment per every $1 of public investment. The implementation plan is discussed in greater detail in “An Action Plan for Gwinnett Place to Be: The Global Villages” on the Gwinnett Place Community Improvement website here. This document is designed for community members and general inquiries. There is also a video available to watch here.