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Peachtree Corner’s Town Center Grand Opening draws 4,000 People

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With Mayo Mike Mason center (with scissors) were developer Jeff Fuqua, Council members Alex Wright, Weare Gratwick, Jeanne Aubach, Lorri Christopher, Eric Christ and Phill Sadd. (Photo courtesy The City of Peachtree Corners)

On a picture-perfect day, Gwinnett County’s newest city welcomed residents, guests, and dignitaries to celebrate the official opening of the Peachtree Corners Town Center. The event drew more than 4,000 from the community to see the unveiling of the Town Green which had been closed to the public until Saturday’s grand opening.

Residents finally had the opportunity to see and experience the 2-acre Town Green, considered the centerpiece of the 21-acre development. When complete, the development will include 15 restaurants, numerous shops, office space and 73 townhomes adjacent to the Town Green. It was the Town Green that everyone flocked to this past Saturday afternoon to take in the sights, relax in one of the chairs on the elevated teak deck that overlooks the green, listen to music, watch their children enjoy the play structures, and catch up with neighbors.

It was just as city leaders had hoped it would be for this community of over 40,000 – a special gathering place to call their own.  “Our vision, simply put, was to create a place where our citizens could make memories together. A place where parents can be confident that their children can play safely while they enjoy music, or a movie, a meal with friends,” said Mayor Mike Mason at the ribbon-cutting.

“And a place where children will grow up remembering those good times. It has been our dream to have a place where the community could come together and make many happy memories for years to come.”

A number of the restaurants opened their doors earlier this year, including Firebirds Wood Fired Gill, First Watch, Marlow’s Tavern, Pokeworks and anchor tenant CMX CineBistro. Several more eateries are expected to open in the coming months including Taqueria Tsunami, Lazy Dog, Uncle Jack’s Meat House and Beard Papa’s, a Japanese-based business that serves up freshly baked pastry shells filled with a variety of custards.

Saturday afternoon began with a ribbon-cutting at the entrance to the Town Green, followed by a Children’s Plaza dedication, and recognition of the city’s Veterans’ Monument that including raising of the flags and pledge of allegiance led by Cub Scout Pack 575. Later a parade lead by the Norcross High School Marching Band ushered in the community and the mayor and council officially opened the Town Green by activating a multi-jet fountain and tossing out inaugural Frisbees. Strolling musicians, stilt-walkers, balloon sculpture artists, plus an array of food and drink filled the afternoon.

drone show Peachtree Corners Town Center

At 8 p.m. American Southern rock band, Atlanta Rhythm Section, took the stage performing well-known favorites including “Spooky,” “Imaginary Lover” and “So Into You.” The grand finale of the evening was a spectacular synchronized drone show that lit the sky above the Town Center to the delight of the audience. The drone show ended with the letters PCTC (Peachtree Corners Town Center).

“We wanted to do something that would benefit the entire community and showcase our city,” said Councilmember Alex Wright during the ribbon-cutting. “I believe we have accomplished our goal.”

History of Town Center

In 2013 the city purchased the 21-acre undeveloped tract of land, one of the few remaining in the city. The property was slated for 267 garden apartments.  City leaders thought a mixed-use development was a much better fit for the location and stepped in and offered to purchase the property.

Fuqua Development was selected for the project in 2013, planning began shortly thereafter. Ground was broken in June 30, 2017. The groundbreaking represented a milestone for the young city that incorporated as Gwinnett County’s 16th city only six years ago.

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Revington neighborhood transforms tennis courts into victory garden

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A wonderful view of the Revington Community Garden, full of delicious fruits, veggies and beautiful flowers. Photo courtesy of Nancy Minor and Karen Walkup.

Looking on the bright side can be tricky these days, but residents of Revington on the River soak up the sun by working together to renovate their abandoned tennis courts into a lush, lively victory garden. The tennis courts near the community pool had been unused for a few years so members of the Revington Homeowners Association and interested homeowners began to discuss a plan to “someday” convert the tennis courts into a community garden. Then after health and safety concerns related to Covid-19 required many people to stay close to home, “someday” came a lot sooner than expected.

Breaking ground at Revington Community Garden. Photo courtesy of Nancy Minor and Karen Walkup.

As a relative newcomer to the neighborhood and a retired Texas transplant, Ed Stockhausen searched for a way to connect with his neighbors and to contribute to the community. So naturally, when the victory garden project came up, Ed jumped in with both feet.

“I went out and bought a bunch of boards, basically started building the first set of boxes. I’ve done a lot of landscaping on my property, so I had a good idea of what we needed. I brought in a bunch of rocks, a bunch of soil,” Ed said.

Ed Stockhausen at home in Revington Community Garden. Photo courtesy of Revington on the River Facebook blog.

Ed laid out the initial plans for the first twelve boxes, with dimensions of 4ft long, 4ft wide by 20in high. Ed was quick to say that this was a joint neighborhood project with lots of hardworking and cheerful people chipping in. He simply served as the first to break ground and get things organized so that others could come and join in the fun. Due to a family emergency, Ed was out of town for six weeks towards the completion of the project. But the work continued as more and more neighbors marveled at the progress. One neighbor even rode in on big Bobcat machinery to speed things along.

“It’s been amazing. We’ve put in a fire pit and we have two tee-pees made out of bamboo out of somebody’s yard. The kids did that and planted beans around one of them and peas around the other,” said Karen Walkup, Revington resident.

A funky protective tee-pee made by local kids out of donated bamboo. Photo courtesy of Revington on the River Facebook blog.

Karen estimates that there are now 15 tended beds managed by individual neighborhood families, as well as designated community areas for shared use. The variety of plants is impressive, from fresh flowers to delectable tomatoes, cucumbers, okra, watermelon, pumpkin and more.

Tomatoes on the vine. Photo courtesy of Nancy Minor and Karen Walkup.
A cozy bed at Revington Community Garden. Photo courtesy of Nancy Minor and Karen Walkup.

The green garden breathes life into an already vibrant community and gives us hope for the future as we see like-minded individuals work towards a common goal to make things better. Thanks for sharing your story with us, Revington Community Garden.

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The many fun features of Peachtree Corners Town Center

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Local teens Ashlee Fee, Remi Delong and Davis Fogle walk together in Peachtree Corners Town Center. Photos by Annie Fogle.

Even though we are in uncertain times, the city of Peachtree Corners is taking steps to keep our citizens active and healthy during the pandemic. Along with great restaurants and stores, recently the city has added many new fixtures to the Town Center for people of all ages to enjoy. These add-ons include a fun new climbing station where you can practice your monkey bars skills, or even try to race your friends to the top. Along with these new additions, students still enjoy going down the town center’s famous slide with their friends.

Ashlee Fee, rising senior at Norcross High School, takes a satisfying slide

To top off a fun day in the sun, everyone can take a pleasant walk along the greens for fresh air and a great view of the town center shops. All these activities can be done safely while practicing social distancing, and wearing a mask to protect yourself and others from the virus. After a great day in the heat, don’t forget to check out some of the Town Center’s great shops and restaurants like Buff City Soap, Lazy Dog Cafe, or Beard Papa. You can also pop into Gong Cha for a refreshing tea to beat the heat and make this summer in Peachtree Corners your best one yet.

Abby Laury, rising senior at Norcross High School, climbs to new heights at the climbing station.

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Peachtree Corners Celebrates 8th Anniversary

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The mayor and council and other city leaders are joined by the Fuqua Development team to celebrate the Town Center grand opening April 27, 2019.

On July 1, the City of Peachtree Corners officially celebrated its 8th anniversary. It’s been an eventful eight years. The list of accomplishments since its incorporation on July 1, 2012 continues. A new Town Center, a Veterans Monument to honor our veterans, the launch of Curiosity Lab, a soon-to-be-complete pedestrian bridge, are just some of the recent highlights.

The city’s 11.5 mile multi-use trail, named the Corners Connector, continues to expand. A portion around Technology Park Lake was just completed — expect news of a ribbon-cutting to be announced soon. 

New businesses continue to open and re-locate to our city by the river enhancing the economic development of our city. And thanks to prudent financial management, the city continues to maintain its zero millage rate. Happy 8th anniversary Peachtree Corners.

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