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Construction continues on Dacula Town Center project

LAWRENCEVILLE - It may be too soon to tell if the second phase of a proposed Town Center development in Dacula will live up to its name.

But the city's mayor said he "absolutely" intends to work with the developers of Dacula Town Center to create a true mixed-use project in the city.

"That's what we're looking for on that piece of property," Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks said. "It's really too early to talk about what's going on there."

The second phase of the project is still in the discussion stage, Connolly Realty President J.R. Connolly said. That piece of the project will have 30 acres on Dacula, Fence and Old Peachtree roads.

Connolly said two of the 10 out parcels in the first phase of the development have been leased, to McDonald's and Walgreens. Other potential users on the first, 15-acre phase include other fast-food restaurants and general merchandise stores.

The first users will open on the property this fall, Connolly said.

Connolly said the Town Center project was so-named because the property is in the center of Dacula, and his company has built other shopping centers with Town Center names. There are no plans to put government offices or other typical Town Center-facilities in the project. Connolly said he would consider greenspace and water features that are popular in other cities' downtowns as plans progressed for the project's second phase.

"When the project is complete, I hope people will be pleased with what they see," Connolly said. "Dacula's a great community and it's growing."