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NAP Vision Wins Over Peachtree Corners Officials

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The Forum at Peachtree Corners

After a lengthy City Council meeting, rezoning for The Forum and Town Center will bring about a boutique hotel and 630 one- and two-bedroom apartments.

After what may have been the longest City Council meeting in the Peachtree Corners history, North American Properties (NAP) received approval for both rezoning requests — to add apartments and a boutique hotel to the area adjacent to The Forum and to add apartments across the street in the area at Town Center.

Although a few other items were on the agenda, the lion’s share of the time was taken up with the matter of mixed-use development in what is quickly becoming downtown Peachtree Corners.

In the end, the vision outlined by NAP Managing Partner Tim Perry won over City Council. At issue was the second read and consideration of The Forum Mixed-Use project, a request to rezone 44 acres from C-2 to MUD to allow for new mixed-use development at 5131 through 5185 Peachtree Pkwy.

The request to rezone The Forum to accommodate residential and temporary housing garnered the most community input, but seemingly convinced most City Councilmembers. After nearly five hours of questions from City Council, a presentation by Perry, comments from the audience, rebuttal from Perry and further discussion by City Council, the vote passed 6 to 1 with Councilman Alex Wright as the only ‘nay.’

There were about a dozen people who spoke out in support of the project, mainly from business interests such as the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce, the Southwest Gwinnett Chamber, Explore Gwinnett and Hargray Communications.

Equally, there were close to a dozen who weren’t for the rezoning, but a few qualified their position by saying they were more on the fence than solidly against. “You could put me in the ‘maybe’ category if you had one,” said one speaker.

By the time City Council was prepared for the vote, a few compromises had come about:

  • The number of rooms in the hotel would be between 100 and 250.
  • There would be accommodations for up to two drive-thru type retailers, such as a Starbucks.
  • NAP would work out details for security and the final plans for the parking deck with the city manager or his designee. That portion of the plan wouldn’t need to come back for City Council approval.

The second read and consideration of the Innovation Lofts Mixed-Use project, a request to add 3.73 acres to the existing 20.6-acre Town Center MUD zoning district by rezoning 3.73 acres from C-2 to MUD with associated variance to allow for a new multifamily residential development at 4936 Peachtree Corners Circle, was a separate issue. Still, Perry stated that they were part of the same vision.

North American Properties wants to “…create a true town center around the already magnetic development of The Forum. …The acquisition of both these sites and the opportunity to invest in such a pro-business community with leadership and vision is compelling,” said Perry. “We’ve covered this for a long time to look not just granularly at each one of these individual pieces but combining them seeking density and seeking success for both.”

He added that NAP will invest over $450 million between what’s already been invested in the redevelopment and the multifamily units that it seeks to develop.

The concept of apartments in the Town Center area wasn’t as popular. In the end, the rezoning request was approved, but by the narrowest margin — 4 to 3, with ‘nays’ coming from Phil Sadd, Alex Wright and Lori Christopher.

Arlinda Smith Broady is part of the Boomerang Generation of Blacks that moved back to the South after their ancestors moved North. With approximately three decades of journalism experience (she doesn't look it), she's worked in tiny, minority-based newsrooms to major metropolitans. At every endeavor she brings professionalism, passion, pluck, and the desire to spread the news to the people.

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Peachtree Corners’ Waterside Community Unveils Clubhouse and Amenities [+ PHOTOS]

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Waterside Community's upgraded clubhouse

The Providence Group of Georgia, a Atlanta homebuilder and developer, and its joint venture partner East Jones Bridge River Holdings, LLC, has put a whole new spin on amenities in the community of Waterside.

Located in Peachtree Corners and situated along the shores of the Chattahoochee River, Waterside provides multiple housing options that promote inter-generational living for those looking for a age-in-place community.

The 7,100 square-foot community clubhouse has a health and fitness center including aerobics room, two massage rooms and spa. There is a kitchen on the terrace level as well as a catering kitchen, expansive indoor and outdoor gathering rooms, card room and conference spaces on the main level.

“This marks a significant milestone for the Waterside community as it opens the doors to this exciting, state-of-the-art clubhouse amenity, which will allow for endless opportunities for social engagement throughout the community,” said Lisa Murphy, VP of Strategy at The Providence Group.

The gated community is also approved for golf carts so residents can take full advantage of this Peachtree Corners location, which was recently named to the Fortune 2023 list of 50 Best Places to Live for Families.

 “Waterside residents will enjoy the balance of city conveniences and genuine outdoor, close to nature and state-of-the-art amenities, said Ty White, Partner with East Jones Bridge River Holdings. “Whether you are looking for outdoor activities, shopping, dining or entertainment, you will find it just minutes from your front door.”

Located one mile from The Forum on Peachtree Parkway, Waterside’s initial phase of development focused on single-family detached homes, two-story and three-story townhomes with elevator options and unique one, two and three bedroom condos with private garages and no shared corridors.

Construction is now underway in phase 2, which will be a continuation of townhomes and condominiums, as well as 13 unique single family homes with views of the Chattahoochee River.

Learn more about Waterside in Peachtree Corners by visiting here.

Photos courtesy of Waterside Community

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Alliance Residential Company Opens Broadstone Peachtree Corners

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Pictured: Exterior of Broadstone Peachtree Corners

Alliance Residential Company, one of the largest multi-family developers in the nation, has opened Broadstone Peachtree Corners, a luxury mixed use community, featuring for sale townhomes and 20 for rent offices available to the public, branded as Second Story, A Private Office Collective.

Nestled next to Technology Park and set across 9.23 acres, both Broadstone Peachtree Corners and Second Story were designed to suit the needs of today’s remote and hybrid workforce that call the technology rich city of Peachtree Corners home. 

“As technology companies invested in Peachtree Corners, it has become a hub for innovation and is experiencing tremendous growth, with housing and alternative office solutions in high demand,” said Alliance Residential Managing Director Noah Randall

Located at 5672 Peachtree Parkway and designed by Brock Hudgins Architects, Broadstone Peachtree Corners five-story residential building includes studio-, 1- and 2-bedroom apartment homes.

Interiors feature condo quality finishes, including two distinct interior finishes schemes, designer lighting, premium Samsung appliances and nine-foot ceilings. Select homes feature oversized kitchen islands, custom entry benches and soaking tubs. 

Taking inspiration from the abundance of green space throughout the city, the community features a nature-themed design scheme woven throughout its interiors to immerse residents in a magical woodland setting. 

The community offers an impressive array of amenities, including a resort-style pool, fully equipped fitness center with private fitness studios, game lounge with indoor golf simulator and putting green, pet spa and dog run, clubroom with custom seating spaces and entertaining kitchen and a landscaped courtyard with outdoor games, grilling station and fire pit. 

Second Story, A Private Office Collective, offers individual office space for rent to both residents of Broadstone Peachtree Corners and the surrounding community.

The collective features two reservable conference rooms, a co-working lounge with adjoining private outdoor terrace and community kitchen. Also included are high speed internet, access to on-property EV charging stations and a dedicated business mailing address.

“We envisioned Second Story as a space that seamlessly incorporates wellness into one’s daily work routine and viewed this as an important differentiator from other for rent communities in the submarket,” said Randall.

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Peachtree Corners Traffic Improvements Will Continue into 2024

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With so much development in Peachtree Corners these days, City Councilman Phil Sadd hosted a town hall meeting to update residents.
A very preliminary proposal for a roundabout on the Peachtree Corners Circle side of The Forum.

With so much development in Peachtree Corners these days, District 1 City Councilman Phil Sadd hosted a town hall meeting on Nov. 2 to update residents on changes happening in the city. One topic that garnered the most discussion was traffic projects.

“There are many different projects we’ve been doing throughout the city. We’ve got major intersections where we can improve traffic flow,” Sadd told the audience of about 100.

“There is no silver bullet to fix traffic, but we’re looking at where traffic exists at specific intersections and what we can do to improve the traffic flow,” he explained.

Widening of Spalding Dr and Crooked Creek Bridge
The first completed project Sadd touched upon was the widening of Spalding Dr over Crooked Creek, which included a new bridge.

As part of Gwinnett County’s 2017 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) program, Spalding Dr was widened from a two-lane road to a four-lane highway, spanning from Winters Chapel Rd to Holcomb Bridge Rd.

“Before the project started … it was two lanes going across the bridge, not really a sidewalk on one section, no sidewalk on the other side. The street often flooded. There was no curb and gutters,” said Sadd.

“It’s gone from two lanes to five lanes over the bridge. We got a center lane turning lane onto River Exchange,” he added.

The project was coordinated by Gwinnett County, the city of Peachtree Corners and the city of Sandy Springs, with an estimated cost of $10.8 million. It took about three years for the project to be completed.

“Part of it is also connected to the intersection of Winters Chapel Rd at Spalding Dr where we added a right turn lane,” said Sadd. “If you’re in the line of traffic and someone in front of you is turning left before you just had to wait for that person to turn left. Now you can pop into the right-hand lane and keep going.”

The fully completed development will have multi-use paths along Spalding Dr as part of the T-SPLOST project.

Improvements will include a multi-use path along the south side of Spalding Dr, from Winters Chapel Rd to River Exchange Dr, and a sidewalk on the north side of Spalding Dr from Winters Chapel Rd to River Exchange Dr.

The sidewalks will connect to the existing sidewalks on Holcomb Bridge Rd and provide improved accessibility to Crooked Creek Park and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Traffic circles are making the ‘rounds’
Another significant development is the traffic circle at Medlock Bridge Rd and Peachtree Corners Cir. Although it’s completed, it is adjacent to intersection improvements at Medlock Bridge Rd and Bush Rd, which is expected to be finished in fewer than three months.

Once residents get comfortable with traffic circles, it appears that there will be many more in the city’s future.

With the traffic snarls leading into The Forum, the city is looking into putting in another traffic circle.

“If you’re turning left out of The Forum by Trader Joe’s, it’s extremely difficult,” said Sadd. “And turning left into The Forum at that spot is also difficult. A traffic circle will help with congestion at that location.”

The preliminary design is underway now.

Holcomb Bridge Rd at River Exchange Dr project
The Holcomb Bridge Rd, Spalding Rd, and River Exchange Dr project is a Georgia Department of Transportation initiative scheduled to start in the summer of 2024.

The project was approved in 2019 and is expected to cost $2.7 million upon completion.

Authorities hope the project will improve traffic flow, relieve congestion and reduce delays at the intersection of SR 140, Holcomb Bridge Rd and Spalding Dr by enhancing accessibility and utilizing adjacent intersections to facilitate traffic.

The plans are to remove the dedicated left-turn lanes along Spalding Dr at the intersection of SR 140 and Holcomb Bridge Rd and reroute them to existing intersections along River Exchange Dr and Wetherburn Way.

The changes will primarily be minor street widening, milling and inlaying and concrete median installation.

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