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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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Memorial Day – City Hall Closed, Waste Collection Delayed One Day

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City Hall will be closed on Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day. City Hall will resume normal business hours, (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) on Tuesday, May 28.

Memorial Day is a trash and recycling holiday for Waste Management; the collection will be delayed by one day for the entire week (i.e. Monday’s collection will be on Tuesday; Tuesday’s on Wednesday; Wednesday’s on Thursday; Thursday’s on Friday; and Friday’s on Saturday.)

Please have your trash at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on your collection day.

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An Evening with Commissioner Ben Ku

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Presented by the Gwinnett County Public Library, Commissioner Ku will speak at the Peachtree Corners Branch, 5570 Spalding Drive, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092 on Thursday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Commissioner Ben Ku was elected to the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners in 2018 and serves District 2 which includes Peachtree Corners, Berkeley Lake, Norcross, Tucker, and Lilburn. Commissioner Ku is a Georgia native and the grandson of Chinese immigrants, who moved to Atlanta to help engineer the original MARTA heavy rail system.

Join Ben Ku to hear about his vision for Gwinnett County.

For more information, please visit www.gwinnettpl.org or call 770-978-5154.

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Councilmember Sadd Among 2019 Leadership Gwinnett Graduating Class

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Phil Sadd

Councilmember Phil Sadd, who represents Post 1, is among the 39 local leaders to graduate from the Leadership Gwinnett Class of 2019.

Sadd was selected last spring for the prestigious nine-month program that began in August 2018. The class represented diverse industries including education, law, corporate, nonprofit, technology, health care, politics and government. All who graduate are more knowledgeable about the issues and challenges facing Gwinnett County and are more connected to the county’s decision makers and leaders, according to a 2018 Deloitte alumni impact survey.

“I entered into the leadership Gwinnett program already in a leadership position and feeling like I was doing the most I could,” said Sadd. “Leadership Gwinnett was the key to unlocking my additional growth. Because of the connections I’ve made and things I’ve learned, my potential has expanded.”

The Leadership Gwinnett program is designed to educate, equip and engage diverse leaders and inspire civic involvement. During the program the class participated in two major retreats, eight monthly study groups and seven learning days.The program included presentations from 150 speakers covering topics such as leadership in a world class community, infrastructure, economics, education, and health & human services.

“We are proud that Phil was selected to be part of the Leadership Gwinnett Class of 2019,” said Mayor Mike Mason. “I know he benefitted immensely by participating and undoubtedly, the city will benefit as well.”

Leadership Gwinnett’s vision is to develop a thriving community sustained by an inclusive network of empowered leaders. Participants greatly understand civic and social issues and leverage their connections for Gwinnett’s greater good. From its founding in 1985, nearly 1,200 have graduated from the program.

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