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Will Gwinnett Stadium Development Become ‘Apartment City’?

Developers are asking Gwinnett County to allow more apartments in what was initially proposed and approved as a “live, work, play” community.

The developers behind the “live, work, play” community proposed for the area around the Gwinnett Braves’ Coolray Field have asked Gwinnett County for permission to build less commercial space and add apartments instead, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

According to the AJC, the initial concept plan was used in part to justify the $64 million stadium expense and the proposed changes have angered some.

“It was going to be a mixed-use, live-work-play compliment to the stadium,” Paula Hastings, a former planning commissioner, told the AJC. “This is basically becoming `apartment city.’ That’s just not the standard they proposed to the community.”

The Gwinnett Daily Post reports, “Mitch Peevy, who represents one of the property owners, said his client was left with a hardship when developer Brand Morgan did not renew a contract to buy his property.”

That hardship prompted the request to reduce the amount of commercial development and increase the residential usage.

Peevy also represents the investment group that recently approached the that would facilitate the development of a “live, work, play” community on a 157-acre tract near the intersection of Highway 316 and Highway 29.

The . The ordinance requires that 25 percent of any development be set aside for open space. Of the remaining property, a maximum of 40 percent could be developed as residential.

Walton Investing, the group represented by Peevy,  to the council that featured a convention center, town green, hotels, offices and apartments. The property is currently outside the city limits, but the investment group believes annexing the property into Dacula would be advantageous due to the city’s ability to deal with zoning issues more quickly than Gwinnett County. Currently, since the property is not within the city limits, no formal plan has been submitted or approved by council.

Do you think the county should allow changes to the Coolray Field development plan? Does the current controversy surrounding the Gwinnett Braves development change your opinion of the concept plan proposed for Dacula? Tell us in the comments. 

M.K. OSBORNE March 06, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Apartments will be a great addition for the airport , heck we can get a bus route to transport them to and from .Good vision Paula !
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew March 06, 2012 at 03:49 AM
And here's a little more information http://www.ajc.com/news/gwinnett/gwinnett-stadium-promises-fall-1372862.html And yet another entry from Mr Peevy of Millcreek Engineering tirelessly working to overturn current requirements and get LOWERED development standards passed. HUD financed housing? Look out folks, bait and switch has returned to Gwinnett in FORCE. (And we don't even have to go to the Civic Center) " What's political is political, what's legal is legal and the two don't meet and shouldn't have to." Gwinnett legal consul
Jimmy Orr March 06, 2012 at 09:12 AM
I am counting on the Gwinnett County Planning Commission and the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners to do what is right on this issue which is not to "cave in" to the development community. It is time for our elected officials to consider what is in the best interests of the rank & file taxpayers of Gwinnett County even if their decisions conflict with the so called "stakeholders" or "shakers & movers."
Bev Lougher March 06, 2012 at 03:47 PM
I found Chuck Warbington's comments against this change to be encouraging. Sometimes the Commissioners listen to the Planning Commission.
M.K. OSBORNE March 07, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Sounds like a business plan or gamble did not work out , thats bad for them . They sold it to the public as originally stated and it should be a done deal . This company seems to want a foolproof investment with a cant lose clause , I dont think so skippy !!! Dont try this mess in Dacula!!

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