A look back at the Gwinnett Daily Post's top stories of the week.

MARTA in Gwinnett?

Sixteen years after voters rejected the idea, MARTA officials will consider expanding the rail line into Gwinnett.

Responding to a call from revitalization leaders, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority board voted Wednesday to explore bringing the system to the suburban county.

Bruce Le'Vell, Gwinnett's representative on the board, requested the study. As average commute times in Gwinnett have lengthened to 31.5 minutes, many residents have expressed interest in expanded transit options.

Rising tide

Developer George Thorndyke unveiled his plans Wednesday for The Grand at Gwinnett, a proposed high-rise development in the parking lot of the former Macy's at Gwinnett Place Mall. Thorndyke also said the empty storefront will have a new department-store tenant in February.

The high-rise plan, tabled by the county planning commission at the request of Thorndyke's attorney Tuesday, calls for two 25-story residential towers, offices and retail space. Thorndyke said he expects the project to infuse new life into the aging mall area.

"It needs it here," he said. "We're going to bring the people back that used to come."

Play ball

Gwinnett wants to be a player in minor-league baseball.

Commissioner Bert Nasuti pitched the idea of building a baseball park fit for a minor-league team to other board members Tuesday at a goal-setting session in Young Harris.

"I view it as Gwinnett's field of dreams," Nasuti said. "It's another way to boost Gwinnett as a destination point."

Nasuti said he wants to build a facility that will not only host a Gwinnett organization but one that will also draw college tournaments, Little League tournaments and other events that would bring people to watch America's pastime.

Etc.

The Lawrenceville branch of the Gwinnett County library is closed until Jan. 2 while its carpet is replaced. ... Gwinnett's commissioners are considering switching from a three-month reserve of cash and instead switching a two-month stockpile. ... In a runoff election Tuesday, voters elected Jeff Allen and Keith Shewbert to the Norcross City Council. ... The Norcross Blue Devils fell short against USA Today No. 1 Oak Hill Academy 65-57 in a battle of the top two boys basketball teams in the country.

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