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County responds to concerns over proposed transit hub

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MARTA Referendum

Route maps and potential facilities in the proposed Connect Gwinnett Transit Plan should be viewed as concepts rather than final designs, a county official said Friday in a letter addressing residents’ concerns over a proposed transit hub in Peachtree Corners.

4.1.5.5 Peachtree Corners Transit Center (New)
A new transit hub is proposed to be in Peachtree Corners near the intersection of Peachtree Corners Circle and W Jones Bridge Road, with a specific location to be determined. The facility would include space for multiple bus bays, enhance waiting areas to enable transfers between multiple routes, and may also include additional stop amenities and customer service facilities.

Quote in question from the Connect Gwinnett Recommendation Report

“The designation on the map for a transit hub is intended to reflect a very general area. … As of now, no work has been done to determine the feasibility of any sites,” Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charlotte J. Nash said in the letter to Peachtree Corners Mayor Mike Mason.

“In essence, the planning process has identified the need for a transit hub in the Peachtree Corners area and that has been depicted on the map,” Nash said.

Early voting is underway in the March 19 referendum on the plan, which includes a transit hub near the intersection of Peachtree Corners Circle and W. Jones Bridge Road, with a specific location to be determined.

The hub would include multiple bus bays and waiting areas and could also have “additional stop amenities” and customer service facilities, according to the transit plan’s July 2018 Recommendations Report.

Residents became alarmed after a Feb. 25 Atlanta Journal-Constitution article mentioned the transit hub as one of the recommendations in the 167-page plan, which is available online.

Each route and facility in the plan will go through a “detailed vetting and evaluation process that likely will result in revisions as information is uncovered,” Nash said in her letter.

 She goes on to say that transit hubs tend to be located in “more commercial/industrialized areas,” and said she agrees that the proposed location for a Peachtree Corners transit hub is not appropriate.

“It makes more sense for all sorts of reasons to place this facility as close to one of the major corridors as possible, and I anticipate that the search for a suitable site will focus in these corridors,” Nash said.

Her letter also assures Mason that there will be “robust coordination” between the county and city on this matter.

Learn more

• See Nash’s letter here:

peachtreecornersga.gov/Home/Components/News/News/1821/160?backlist=%2F.

• See the full Connect Gwinnett Transit Plan here: 

gwinnettcounty.com/static/departments/transportation/pdf/Connect_Gwinnett_Recommendations_Report_102518.pdf.

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Bark in the Park at Town Green, September 14th

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Pooches are taking over the Town Green at Bark in the Park! Dogs and their humans can enjoy this FREE event on Saturday, September 14th. Give your pooch the ultimate day in the park with bacon bubbles, ball pits, fur painting and more! Pinot’s Palette will be giving demonstrations on their special paint your pet classes while Hollywood Feed will be supplying everyone with special treats. The pups can take a break and beat the heat with King of Pups!

The Fine Print 

  • All pets must be kept on leash at all times during the event
  • Please be a responsible pet owner and clean up after your pet

Parking

Parking is available within the Town Center – 5200 Town Center Blvd.

Additional parking is available off Davinci Court off Peachtree Corners Circle (3720 Davinci Ct, 3715 Davinci Ct or 2745 Davinci Ct). You’ll cross Peachtree Corners Circle and access the Town Green via a path – look for the signs!

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Public Invited to Intersection Improvement Meeting

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Intersection of State Route 141/Peachtee Parkway at East Jones Bridge Road and Medlock Bridge Road

The city’s Public Works Department invites you to attend a public information meeting to learn potential intersection improvement options for the intersection of State Route 141/Peachtee Parkway at East Jones Bridge Road and Medlock Bridge Road.

  • When: 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019 
  • Where: Community Chest Room at City Hall, 310 Technology Parkway (The entrance to the Community Chest Room is located on the north side of the building). Look for “Event” signs directing you to the entrance.

A short presentation will be followed by a Q&A session and an opportunity to discuss the potential improvement options with staff and engineers.

Feedback on the options and potential improvements will be solicited from the audience, and comment forms will be available to submit at the meetings.

Comments via forms or emails will also be accepted following the meeting.

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Georgia Unified Invitational Brings Together Swimmers for Competition and Fun

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Competitive swimmers are invited to participate in the 2019 Georgia Unified Invitational (GUI): Celebrating the Olympian in All of Us, to be held September 21 at West Gwinnett Park Aquatic Center.

“This event is all about bringing together many different groups. The purpose is really to drive home that they’re all one,” said Kai Akubo Smith, AngelfishGA/ATAQ, Area 18 Agency for Special Olympics Georgia. “With Special Olympians leading the way, GUI celebrates the Olympic spirit in all of us, recognizing that everyone has daily struggles and challenges to conquer.”

The invitational, a sanctioned Special Olympics and USA Swimming observed traditional sprint swim meet, is open statewide this year to all qualifying athletes of Special Olympics, USA Swimming, Paralympics, YMCA and US Masters, as well as uncertified athletes who have been certified through GUI.

“Uncertified athletes are swimmers who swam for summer league, middle or high school swim teams,” Smith explained. “They will need a letter from their summer league coach, verifying their times and their ability to perform race starts off the block.”

In addition to racing each other, athletes will have the opportunity to race against some of the top swimmers in the world, including 2016 Rio Olympic Gold Medalists Anthony Ervin and three-time Olympian, Gold Medalist and former world record holder Dana Vollnmer.  The fun doesn’t stop with the swim meet. Participants can continue their good time at the Victory Village, which is open to the public.

“There will be a DJ cranking out hot tunes, a pool party, food trucks, local artisans and much more,” Smith said. “So save the date, participate, donate and celebrate at the 2019 Georgia Unified Invitational!”

GUI—pronounced “GOO-wee”—was formed to provide greater access, exposure and opportunities for athletes with intellectual disabilities seeking to participate in traditional sporting events.

The admission fee for the pool party is a $10 donation. All donations are directed to Special Olympics Georgia.

West Gwinnett Park Aquatic Center is located at 4488 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Berkeley Lake, Ga. 30092. Visit georgiaunified.com for more information.

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