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Addition to mixed-use project gets thumbs up

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County planning commissioners are OK with upping the size of a mixed-use village that will occupy almost 50 acres on U.S. Highway 78.

On Tuesday night they endorsed letting the developer add 15 acres and 61 small-lot homes to the project that will straddle Highpoint Road near the Snellville city limits.

Dubbed "Brookwood Village," the development will blend shops, offices, restaurants and residences into a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood that some say will help rejuvenate the U.S. 78 commercial

corridor.

"I think this development ... will help revitalization in the area," Planning Commissioner Chuck Warbington. said

The 15 acres developer Emory Morsberger wants to add were initially in the project, but they were later dropped because residents opposed townhomes that would go there. The trimmed-down project was subsequently approved last year by county commissioners.

Now Morsberger has come back with plans to put cluster homes on the additional land that is mostly on Britt Road.

That apparently sits well with residents. None showed up to oppose the request Tuesday night.

The county commission will take a final vote on the mixed-use village expansion next

Tuesday.

The entire project will have up to 135 townhomes and 61 cluster homes, along with 50,000 square feet of commercial space and 120,000 square feet of offices. Pocket parks will also be sprinkled throughout the development.

The project is being built under the county's "mixed-use redevelopment" designation.

The designation was created in 2002 to encourage the revitalization of older neighborhoods and commercial areas, and it lets developers build more homes per acre while mingling them with offices and shops. The new developments are supposed to replace run-down homes and shopping centers.