SUWANEE - Marty Allen accepted Mayor Nick Masino's and the City Council's appointment to the position of city manager for Suwanee on Tuesday night.
Allen has served as interim city manager recently, and he was the city's planning and community development director before that.
"The city has done multiple rounds of a national search and interviewed people from six different states," Masino said. "We needed someone who thinks outside the box, and we realized that he was right here."
Allen's first official report as city manager announced that the soft surface trail project in Suwanee Creek Park will be completed next week. The trail is about one mile long.
Smaller residential units OK'd
Opus South, the corporation designing, building and developing the Suwanee Gateway, got the go-ahead Tuesday night to build some 600-square-foot residential units rather than the previously specified 800-square-foot minimum. About 5 percent of the planned units will be 600 square feet.
While several residents voiced their opposition to this change of condition based on higher density complications such as traffic, Marty McFarland of Opus South said no additional residences will be added to the project as a result of this change. "This will create a more urban core by providing single user 'studio' units for single professionals," said McFarland.
Opus South's request for a second change of conditions, amending access requirements for a trail on the premises, was denied.
The Suwanee Gateway project will take about five years to complete and encompass more than 1 million square feet, including a combination of residential, retail, restaurant, hotel and office space.
City Hall groundbreaking scheduled
A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Suwanee City Hall will take place at 11 a.m. Nov. 13.
The groundbreaking for the pedestrian underpass was held Tuesday evening. The tunnel will run beneath the railroad track, connecting City Hall and the Town Center area with the Gwinnett County Public Library branch and historic Old Town district.
The 62-foot tunnel, which is being funded mostly by a Livable Centers Initiative grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission, should be complete next summer.
Suwanee donates $1,000 to SeniorNet
Masino presented a check for $1,000 to representatives from Gwinnett SeniorNet, a nationwide nonprofit organization that educates people age 50 and older about computer technology. Classes include subjects such as the basics of turning on a computer to advanced digital imaging, and are available for all skill levels.
The Suwanee SeniorNet group meets at the senior center at George Pierce Park.
City accepts land donation
Suwanee officials accepted a donation of 33 acres of land located near Suwanee Creek Park and Buford Highway on Tuesday night. This tract of land will connect the trail system that will eventually connect Suwanee to Alpharetta, Roswell, Johns Creek and ultimately, the Silver Comet Trail in Cobb County, Masino said.