The City of Lawrenceville has kicked-off work for the college corridor project, selecting Georgia Development Partners to oversee the initial construction of a 2.2-mile linear park that will connect Georgia Gwinnett College with the Downtown District. The scope of work includes construction of roadways and streetscapes in the immediate downtown and train depot areas. Plans for the entire Corridor project were developed by Jacobs Engineering a little less than 5-years ago. The total cost for this project is estimated to be around $30 million and has been funded through a bond issuance approved and completed by City Council in 2015.
“Georgia Gwinnett College produces more than $300-million in local economic impact for the Gwinnett community and sits inside Lawrenceville’s borders,” said Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson. “The numbers speak for themselves and the location does as well. This linear park will connect one of our strongest economic engines and workforce development institutions with a vibrant and booming downtown and County core. We are pleased to make this tangible connection a reality and realize the vision for being Gwinnett’s first and definitely unique ‘college town’.”
Plans for the 2.2-mile linear park include a two-lane road, multi-use trails, bike paths, roundabouts and attractive landscaping features. The corridor will begin at the intersection of SR316 and Collins Hill and run parallel to Northdale Road, in between Northdale and North Clayton Streets.
Chuck Warbington, City Manager, added, “Lawrenceville continues to bring together art and education. Through infrastructure connection projects like this one as well as the two-way conversion of Perry and Clayton streets already happening in the downtown area, we are building a more connected environment that attracts private investment, builds a stronger City and supports Gwinnett’s vision for an inclusive, diverse and vibrant metro Atlanta community.”
With right of way acquisition, Complete Demolition Services, Inc., will remove vacant buildings on the property as Georgia Development Partners begins its construction work. Activity for these services will start in late October/early November and should be completed, weather permitting, in 12 months. Click here for a preview of the conceptual plans. For more information on the City of Lawrenceville and development activity, please visit www.lawrencevillega.org.