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Costco coming to Mall of Georgia area

"What's going on here?" is a weekly column that appears in the Sunday business section of the Gwinnett Daily Post. If you see a construction site and don't know what's being built, call Douglas Sams, business reporter, at 770-963-9205, ext. 1321, or e-mail him at doug.sams@gwinnettdailypost.com.

n Where: Marketplace at Mill Creek Shopping Center, Mall of Georgia

•What: Costco Wholesale

•When construction started: December

•When will construction end: May

Other construction

• Colson & Colson is building a 118-unit affordable housing project at Five Forks Trickum Road at the Ronald Reagan Parkway off ramp. Sales could start this April.

•Mimms Enterprises of Roswell is developing a new building at the Mall of Georgia Boulevard across from

Dillard's.

•The new East Metro Health District Office is being built on Riverside Parkway near Old Norcross Road.

• Industrial buildings, warehouse and distribution are being built on Northmont Parkway, near Satellite

Boulevard.

• A Bank of North Georgia branch is being built on Old Peachtree road at Interstate 85 next to Home Depot.

• D.R. Horton builders is developing 34 townhomes on Pleasant Hill Road next to Lowe's.

•Poblano's Mexican restaurant at Scenic Highway and Webb Gin House Road is basically complete and so is the interior, but work on the parking lot and entrance appear bogged down. There are no signs posted on the building announcing an opening date, and efforts to reach the owners were unsuccessful.

•A demolition crew is gutting the former Home Co. so Medieval Times can build its castle/restaurant in the former anchor spot held by The Home Co. at Discover Mills. The restaurant will open in summer 2006.

•Richport Properties held its groundbreaking Thursday to donate proceeds from the sale of a $226,000 home to a hurricane-devastated Gulf Coast city.

Richport Properties is working with sponsors to construct the hurricane relief house.

•Environmental cleanup of a former gas station's underground fuel tanks is going on at Pleasant Hill Road and Buford Highway. The Department of Transportation is preparing the intersection for a major overhaul and is close to assigning the project to contractors. The plan is to improve the intersection by running Pleasant Hill Road under Buford Highway and the Norfolk Southern railroad crossing.