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Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners Given the 2019 Neighborhood Redevelopment Award

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Kathryn Kieser, EVP, Primerica and Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors member, Councilmembers Lorri Christopher, Weare Gratwick and Eric Christ.

2019 Metro Atlanta Redevelopment Summit Award Winners Named

For the second time in just two years, the City of Peachtree Corners was recognized for its redevelopment efforts, this time winning the Metro Atlanta Redevelopment Summit (MARS) award for Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners.

The MARS Awards, held annually, recognizes outstanding redevelopment projects in the region. Each year the Atlanta region redevelopment event brings together more than 300 developers, commercial real estate brokers, elected officials, business leaders and community development experts. This year’s event was held Oct. 24, 2019. The summit allows attendees an exclusive look at the region’s current redevelopment projects as well as insight into trends and best practices in the industry.

The city’s Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners was selected by a panel of economic developers for its forward-thinking approach in creating a real-world testbed with 5G connectivity and a 1.5-mile autonomous vehicle test track and intelligent mobility incubator. Set in a 500-acre commercial office park, the test track interacts with people and vehicles going about their daily business.

“It’s exciting to see Peachtree Corners, and more specifically Tech Park, win a redevelopment award, it’s second in just two years,” said Councilmember Alex Wright, who first introduced the idea of developing an autonomous vehicle program. “I believe the creation of Curiosity Lab is a major step forward in the continuation of revitalizing Tech Park, putting it on the tech map not just locally, but nationally and internationally, and more importantly, helping us further realize Paul Duke’s vision of Peachtree Corners – one of the country’s original Live, Work, Play developments centered around a cutting edge Technology Park.”

Partnership Gwinnett, in collaboration with The Council for Quality Growth, presented the winners of the 2019 MARS Awards recognizing redevelopment projects in the region:
• 2019 Neighborhood Redevelopment Award Winner – Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners
• 2019 Redevelopment Award Runner-up – Willbrooke Connector, City of Duluth
• 2019 Community Redevelopment Award Winner – Stockyards
• 2019 Community Redevelopment Award Runner-up – Broadstone at Sugar Hill
• 2019 Regional Redevelopment Award Winner – The Mill at Etowah
• 2019 Regional Redevelopment Award Runner-up – Pittsburgh Yards

“We are honored to be recognized for our revitalization efforts in Technology Park Atlanta,” said Mayor Mike Mason. “It is an important area not only for our city but for the entire region as it is the center of over 7,500 jobs and an important driver of economic development.”

Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners is a publicly funded living lab designed to provide a real-world test environment to advance next-generation intelligent mobility and smart city technology. Additional information is available at www.curiositylabPTC.com

This post has been updated as of 10/29/19

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City Council Meeting to take up new Townhomes, Nuisance Ordinance and Expansion of the Gateway85 CID

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The Peachtree Corners City Council will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 26 virtually via Cisco WebEx.  Details on how to join are included in the agenda. Below is a link to the agenda and packet.

Link to the AGENDA

Link to the full PACKET

Below is a portion of the agenda, click the link for the full current agenda:

PUBLIC HEARING

  1. O2020-02-162 Second Read and Consideration of RZ2020-001, V2020-001 & PH2020-001 Governors Lake Townhomes. Request to rezone 28.454 acres from M-1 to R-TH
    with associated variances and to amend the Comprehensive Plan Character Area
    Map to change the subject property from Industrial Corridor and Employment
    Corridor to Village Residential to allow for a new townhome community along
    Governors Lake Parkway, Dist. 6, Land Lot 251, Peachtree Corners, GA.
  2. O2020-03-166 Second Read and Consideration of an Ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of Peachtree Corners, Georgia to amend and adopt Chapter 42 (Nuisances), Article 4 (Noise), to provide for regulation of nose; to provide an effective date; and for other purposes.
  3. O2020-05-167 First Read and Consideration of an Ordinance of the City of Peachtree Corners, Georgia, adopting the amended fiscal year 2020 operating budget for each fund of the City of Peachtree Corners, Georgia. (Second read will be June 23, 2020)
  4. O2020-05-168 First Read and Consideration of an Ordinance of the City of Peachtree Corners, Georgia, adopting the fiscal year 2021 operating budget and capital improvement budget for each fund of the City of Peachtree Corners, Georgia.
    (Second read will be June 23, 2020)

K) ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION

  • R2020-05-133 Resolution of the City of Peachtree Corners consenting to expansion of the Gateway85 Community Improvement District (CID)
  • Action Item FY2021 Capital Improvement Project (CIP) Plan.

Please be advised that this meeting will be held via Cisco Webex.

To join the meeting by phone: Dial 415-655-0002 Access Code: 790 914 564.

If you choose this option, you will ONLY be able to hear the meeting and will not be able to
participate in any public comment.

To join the meeting by video: Use this link.

This will allow you to view and hear the meeting and be able to participate in the public comment
through the Q&A section. To activate the Q&A section, you will need to select the question icon
at the bottom of your screen and type in your public comment. Please make sure to type your name
and address prior to your comment. Your question will be read to the Mayor and Council by the Host.

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World’s First Self-Driving E-Scooters Launch in Peachtree Corners

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Teleoperated e-scooters will operate on public streets

In keeping with its long history of developing cutting-edge technologies, the city of Peachtree Corners announced the launch of a fleet of the world’s first teleoperated e-scooter to operate on public streets The e-scooters made their debut this week.

The city welcomed the opportunity to work with Tortoise and Go X, which combined forces to offer an e-scooter that has the ability, through the use of remote tele-operators, to reposition itself back to a safe parking spot – or to respond to a call (using the company’s app) for an e-scooter to be delivered right to a customer’s door. The e-scooters are repositioned by Tortoise’s remote teleoperators.

Peachtree Corners has been working with the two visionary companies to revolutionize e-scooter mobility for use in its city. The new technology solves two issues that have plagued the industry: 1) Finding a scooter – and 2) Returning scooters to a home base for safe parking, charging and cleaning.

The e-scooters make their debut in the city’s Technology Park Atlanta, a 500-acre existing technology park that is home to over 7,000 employees. The teleoperated e-scooters will be available for use by the general public and will operate on the city’s new 1.5-mile autonomous vehicle test track that runs alongside lanes used by the motoring public.

“We are excited to showcase this innovative technology,” said Mayor Mike Mason. “It’s another opportunity for the city to look beyond traditional transportation and seek innovative ways to improve mobility. We invite our citizens and the business community to see and experience this new technology.”

The initial pilot will run for six months and marks the first time ever that teleoperated e-scooters are deployed on public streets.

This is not the first time that the city has been the site of innovative transportation technologies. Last fall, Olli, the self-driving shuttle designed and built by Local Motors, began operating along the city’s 1.5-mile autonomous vehicle track. The test track is part of Curiosity Lab, the city’s living lab, which offers companies a facility to test emerging technologies in a real-world environment.

This latest venture into teleoperated e-scooters is part of the city’s drive to further expand its “smart city” technologies.

“An important goal for us was to ensure that residents can enjoy the convenience of using e-scooters, right here in Peachtree Corners,” said City Manager Brian Johnson. “As a reflection of our commitment to making cities smarter, we didn’t hesitate to partner with Tortoise to launch the first-ever fleet of self-driving e-scooters for public use. We are extremely pleased to be a partner in this innovative and world-changing technology.”

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Public Safety Cameras in Our City

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Peachtree Corners Surveillance Cameras

Community safety is a top priority in our City; the City Council and I consider this is of utmost importance. Peachtree Corners is extremely fortunate to have the services of the Gwinnett County Police Department to patrol our neighborhoods and public areas.

However, we felt there was more the City could do to assist the GCPD in ensuring the safety of our citizens, our businesses and those visiting. You may have read in the news recently about Georgia Power’s program that offers cities a service to install cameras and license plate readers at strategic entry points. A number of surrounding cities have added public safety cameras through this program. The cameras record traffic movements and scan license plates.

We will begin implementing Georgia Powers’ program in the coming months. I am sure you have questions. Below is a series of Q&As which should address the majority of your queries. Please know, we are all available and happy to answer any additional questions you may have.

Editor’s Note: This Q&A was part of the city’s official news published in our April/May issue. Since publication we’ve learned that some of the cameras will be installed beginning in May but it will be August before all 15 are installed and working.

Q: Why is the City doing this? Has the crime rate risen in Peachtree Corners?

A: No. The cameras are designed to enhance GCPD’s crime-fighting capabilities. The City decided to add the video/license place recognition cameras as another step in ensuring everyone’s safety.

Q: How many cameras will be installed and where will these cameras be located?

A: With GCPD’s assistance, the city has identified 15 locations, which are all at major entry points into the City. The cameras will only capture activity in the public right of way. The locations were chosen based on factors such as traffic count and crime statistics.

Q: Will the cameras include recording activity in neighborhoods and other residential areas?

A: No, the cameras will only record activity on the selected 15 major access points. The purpose for these camera locations is to capture traffic on major thoroughfares coming in and out of our City. The accompanying map shows the locations where the cameras will be located.

Q: Will the City or residents have access to the video footage from the cameras? And how long is the video kept?

A: Only the GCPD will have access. The camera system retains video footage, which is stored in the cloud, for 30 days, after that new video footage replaces the oldest footage.

Q: Do the cameras simply record automobiles coming and going?

A: In addition to traffic activity, the cameras are equipped with License Plate Recognition (LPR) capabilities. The cameras will scan license plates and alert police if vehicles are flagged as stolen or of interest in a criminal investigation.

Q: Where are the cameras mounted?

A: The cameras and LPRs are mounted to utility poles and streetlights. They are high-speed, computer-controlled cameras that capture all license plate numbers that come into view, along with the location, date and time.

Q: How are the police notified? How does the LPR technology work?

A: The readers send an alert to officers’ laptops when a tag is read that may be connected to a stolen vehicle, car-jacking or other criminal activity.

Q: How much do these cameras cost? Did the City purchase them?

A: The cameras will be leased from Georgia Power for $285.00 per month per camera and Georgia Power will repair or replace any camera that isn’t working properly. This was a less expensive option over purchasing the equipment. Additionally, the lease agreement ensures the cameras will be maintained by the provider. The monthly cost includes the camera itself, electricity and cloud storage of data.

Q: When will the cameras be installed?

A: The City is coordinating with Georgia Power; the work is expected to be complete by late summer.

Q: Will additional cameras be added at a later time?

A: It’s possible, the GCPD will help in assessing whether additional cameras are needed.

Q: Can these cameras be installed at the entrance to my subdivision?

A: The City is working on a program that would allow subdivisions to request the cameras to be installed at the entrance. The subdivisions must meet certain criteria. Each neighborhood would be responsible for the cost of installing and the monthly/yearly cost of operation. We expect to have more information on this program in the near future.

Peachtree Corners has relatively low crime rates; however, we have state and county roads that run through our City carrying over 150,000 vehicles daily through our city limits. Adding an additional crime-fighting tool that the police can use makes our City that much safer.

Sincerely,

Mike Mason, Mayor

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