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Peachtree Corners marks its place with stone sign

NORCROSS - A small section of unincorporated Gwinnett County gets a little recognition Thursday with the unveiling and official dedication of its newly constructed gateway monument.

Located at the split where Peachtree Parkway veers from northbound Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, the area known for 40 years as Peachtree Corners will now be marked by a 60-foot wide stacked-stone sign.

"This is my baby," said Gay Shook in an e-mail announcing the dedication. "The font used on the sign is Paul Duke's original font that he used for Peachtree Corners 40 years ago."

Duke is credited with founding the Peachtree Corners district. The main thoroughfare through the area was designated the Paul Duke Parkway in 1999.

The gateway project was made possible by Peachtree Corner's civic association participating in the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce's sign topper and landscape maintenance programs. The project's $40,000 price tag was made possible by a $20,000 local assistance grant courtesy of the Georgia House of Representatives, proceeds from the 2007 Peachtree Corners Tour of Homes and contributions from local citizens, neighborhood associations and the family of Paul Duke.

The sign, which will be illuminated by solar power, will be dedicated at 11 a.m. Thursday. Attending guests are asked to assemble at 10:30 a.m. in the parking lot of the Peachtree Corners police precinct in the Market Place Shopping Center on Peachtree Parkway and Holcomb Bridge Road to be safely transported by shuttle to the site.

SideBar: If you go

· What: Peachtree Corners stone sign unveiling

· Where: Peachtree Parkway/Peachtree Industrial Boulevard split

· When: 11 a.m. Thursday

· How to get there: Assemble at 10:30 a.m. at Market Place police precinct parking lot on Peachtree Parkway at Holcomb Bridge Road for shuttle ride