Cleanup effort set in Gwinnett Village CID

LAWRENCEVILLE - Within three weeks, Jimmy Carter Boulevard and other commercial corridors between Norcross and Lilburn will begin looking spiffier.

That's when contractors hired by the new Gwinnett Village Community Improve District will hit the streets, looking for litter and mowing grass in public rights of way.

Indian Trail-Lilburn Road, Beaver Ruin Road and Buford Highway will be included in the $280,000 cleanup program, said the CID's executive director, Chuck Warbington.

"They'll do litter pickup and maintenance work on Jimmy Carter Boulevard weekly," Warbington said.

The trash removal and landscaping is part of the CID's overall effort to rejuvenate the swath of shopping centers and office parks in the unincorporated area that's been dubbed Gwinnett Village.

The district, which taxes commercial property owners and uses the revenue to fund improvements like extra security patrols and landscaping, was created in March.

On Monday, landowners elected board members who will direct the district's revitalization efforts, which includes setting a tax rate and deciding how to spend the money.

Real estate investor Shiv Aggarwal, who owns the Global Forum shopping center on Jimmy Carter Boulevard, was elected chairman of the board.

Also elected were real estate investor Tina Dang and John Perlman, who also owns several buildings inside the district. Both, along with Aggarwal, were involved in efforts to create the district.

Attorney Michael Deming, whose office is on Jimmy Carter Boulevard was also elected.

In a move that caught some district organizers by surprise, two newcomers who were not involved in the monthslong effort to create it were elected: Erica Plumer, a manager for property management firm Colliers Spectrum Cauble, and Anne Cameron, leasing manager for Watkins Center off Jimmy Carter Boulevard.

Cameron's election squeezed out developer Emory Morsberger, who was an early driving force behind the self-taxing district's creation.

Hours earlier, Morsberger had given up his seat on the Highway 78 Community Improvement District, which he also helped create. However, one of his employees was elected to replace him there.

Gwinnett Village organizers have said the district will levy a 5-mill tax rate. With more than 400 property owners, that would result in a nearly $1.4 million annual budget.

The board will vote on the tax rate in two weeks.