Friday, May 10, 2013
Alyssa Sinclair replaces John McHenry who is taking a new job as City Planner with the City of Flowery Branch.
At its monthly meeting, Gwinnett Village CID's Executive Director, Chuck Warbington, announced the departure of John McHenry who had been the Program Director for the past six years. McHenry has accepted a position as City Planner with the City of Flowery Branch. "John is a true believer in the CID and has a genuine heart for the community," said Warbington. "He will be greatly missed." Alyssa Sinclair, the CID's current Project Manager, will assume his duties. In other news, Nick Masino made a presentation on Partnership Gwinnett to the board and the 20 or so attendees. "Partnership Gwinnett is a public-private initiative that was formed in 2006 to bring new jobs, businesses and capital investment into the county. We work with the …
Friday, May 3, 2013
The Gwinnett Village CID released an overview of what to see and expect during construction through March 2014.
Construction for the diverging diamond interchange (DDI) on the Jimmy Carter Boulevard bridge at I-85 in Norcross has been well underway since March, but it hasn't caused any major traffic stalls yet. The Gwinnett Village CID released an overview detailing the construction schedule for the DDI project through March 2014, which is when the interchange is expected to be completed. The new DDI design uses the existing bridge more efficiently by switching traffic to the left to allow smooth turns onto the interstate. Pedestrians also will use a new walkway in the median. Read more on the project here. Check out the construction details below. The community improvement district reminds locals that the schedule is subject to change depending on …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The citizen-led team in Norcross and the Gwinnett Village CID worked together to receive federal funding for the project.
Tuesday, April 16
In late 2012, the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District (CID) and City of Norcross were jointly awarded $976,000 in federal funding from the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) for implementation of a Safe Routes to School project which includes pedestrian and bike improvements along Beaver Ruin Road. The project came from a plan initiated and organized by Connie Weathers, founder of Sustainable Norcross, and Norcross citizen Arlene Beckles. Weathers and Beckles organized a diverse team consisting of law enforcement officers, teachers and other community stakeholders to form the Summerour Middle School SRTS Task Force. The group provided input, guidance and oversight in writing a Travel Plan for students to walk and bike to school…
Friday, April 12, 2013
The Gwinnett Village CID gave the go-ahead on the walking and biking trail at their monthly meeting Thursday, but because the project is using federal funding, it could be three to five years until construction starts in Norcross.
The Gwinnett Village CID approved to move forward with a multi-use trail on Beaver Ruin Road during its April board meeting Thursday. The new pathway would cater to pedestrians and bicyclists from Buford Highway to Indian Trail Road in the city of Norcross, and would look similar to the multi-use trail on Peachtree Parkway in Peachtree Corners. "It [will be] a really big, big sidewalk where people can get around," said John McHenry, program director for the community improvement district. "For us, it's great, because people commute and walk there, but then we can also encourage the recreation." Biking to Summerour Middle nearby was actually one of the main focuses of the trail. The project was part of the Safe Routes to School plan, which …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Drivers should expect lane closures Friday as construction continues on the diverging diamond interchange at I-85 in Norcross.
There may be less traffic in Norcross this week because of spring break, but delays may come back this weekend. Drivers should expect lane closures near the I-85 bridge at Jimmy Carter Boulevard for the diverging diamond interchange (DDI) from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday, April 12. According to an email from the Gwinnett Village CID, there will be no closures or traffic disruptions on the I-85 ramps, but if the work is not completed Friday, construction will continue Saturday night. "We understand that dealing with construction delays can be frustrating and we thank you for bearing with us as we work to relieve congestion for the long term," says the email. The DDI project was approved in early February and construction was officially underway…
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Expect lane closures and delays at the I-85 and Jimmy Carter Boulevard interchange starting Friday.
Wednesday, March 27
The Gwinnett Village CID has announced that the diverging diamond interchange at Jimmy Carter Boulevard and I-85 is officially underway. According to an email from the community improvement district, commuters can expect delays starting Friday, March 29, with lane width reduction and lane closures to begin that evening. The intermittent lane closures will be along Jimmy Carter Boulevard from Goshen Springs Road/Crescent Drive to Dawson Boulevard/Live Oak Parkway between the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., according to the Georgia Department of Transportation. Construction is expected to be completed within a year. The DDI design uses the existing bridge more efficiently by switching traffic to the left to allow smooth left…
Monday, February 11, 2013
The city of Norcross and Gwinnett Village CID received grants from the Atlanta Regional Commission's Livable Centers Initiative to help with downtown railroad intersection improvements and a multi-use trail.
Monday, February 11
The Atlanta Regional Commission's Livable Centers Initiatve awarded $654,000 last week to nine metro-area communities, including the city of Norcross and the Gwinnett Village CID. The LCI grants aim to help create new plans for quality growth and develop innovative policies that support more vibrant, connected communities, according to a news release. While the top recipients for the grants are DeKalb County for the Medline Regional Activity Center and the city of Newnan for a new town center, supplemental study funds were given to Norcross for $40,000 and Gwinnett Village for $30,000. Norcross' grant money will be used toward a study for downtown railroad intersection improvements. A study to improve the walkability and road along Holcomb…
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
2012 marks the fifth consecutive year that the Norcross community improvement district has seen a drop in targeted and overall crime.
Statistics show that the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District has seen a drop in targeted and overall crime for 2012. This is the fifth consecutive year for decreased crime in Gwinnett Village, which is the largest CID in the state of Georgia and covers parts of Norcross and Peachtree Corners along Jimmy Carter Boulevard, Beaver Ruin Road, Indian Trail Road and the I-85 corridor. The annual statistics, which were provided by Gwinnett County Police, show declines in 2012 in total robbery, commercial burglary and motor vehicle thefts by 6 percent, 35 percent and 6 percent respectively, according to a news release. Since the start of the decreasing crime rate in 2007, the number of police incidents has actually cut in half. "The …
Friday, December 21, 2012
The bicycle and pedestrian connectivity study covers the Jimmy Carter Boulevard and Indian Trail Road corridors in the greater Norcross area.
After months of researching possible bicycle and pedestrian routes for the Jimmy Carter Boulevard and Indian Trail Road corridors in the greater Norcross area, the Gwinnett Village CID has created a projects list that's on its way for finalization. And that list is pretty long: 71 projects, to be exact. "It's looking at the intersections and crossings, connections to transit, connections to the commercial properties in this area, and connecting the LCI communities and connecting to the city," said Alyssa Sinclair, project manager for Gwinnett Village. "This is looking [at the] big picture, where people want to go when they're walking and they're riding bicycles." While the study is a 20- to 30-year plan, six of the 71 projects are on a …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
The open house will be held Thursday, Nov. 15, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Gwinnett Village CID offices on Jimmy Carter Boulevard.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
How would you improve the congestion at Jimmy Carter Boulevard and Buford Highway intersection in Norcross? Hold that thought, because the Gwinnett Village CID is hosting an open house Thursday for locals to give input and learn about its planned improvements for the intersection. Currently, the community improvement district is leaning toward building a Continuous Flow Intersection at Jimmy Carter and Buford. It would be an at-grade intersection as opposed to grade separation, and left turns would happen in advance of the intersection, allowing for multiple movements to take place simultaneously. The CFI also would eliminate a signal phase at the intersection, which would increase efficiency and capacity, according to the CID. "This …