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Gwinnett Place receives grant for overlay study

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District has received a grant that will help fund the creation of an overlay for the area.

Joe Allen, the CID's director, said the $35,000 grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission will pay for a study to create the overlay district. The CID is contributing the same amount.

There are several overlays in the county, all modeled after the Mall of Georgia district, but Allen said a new one would be geared for the CID.

"It will be a little more specific to the unique needs of Gwinnett Place," he said.

Possible differences from the county's typical district include changes in sidewalks or other streetscapes and the addition of a town square.

Allen said the overlay's boundaries have yet to be determined and that it may include land that is not part of the CID. The overlay would have to be approved by the county before it is enacted. Allen said two commissioners wrote letters of support for the study to be added to the application, which was funded through the Livable Centers Initiative.

It will be several weeks before the process starts, Allen said, and may be months before a recommendation is finished. He said public meetings will likely be held to consider various options.

In the meantime, Allen said he is continuing to apply for other grants that could fund the recommendations created from the overlay study.

"Unfortunately, it takes a big chunk of change," he said. "If you want to do it right, it's costly."