Downtown Duluth's newest addition 'tops out'

DULUTH - The building is only steel and concrete, but about 200 people turned out for the recent "topping out" ceremony for downtown Duluth's newest addition.

The 40,000-square-foot Main Street building will house two businesses with major Duluth connections: Mathias Corp., which built the new City Hall, and Street Smarts, the company owned by City Councilwoman Marsha Anderson Bomar.

Street Smarts, a transportation planning, design and engineering consulting firm with offices in Orlando and Tallahassee, Fla., and Dallas, will house more than 100 employees at its new headquarters, which is adjacent to the Duluth Town Green.

A bottom floor is also available for retail businesses, offices or a restaurant. For information, call 770-476-2277.

The building is expected to be completed in the fall.

"This event marks a milestone in both the construction of our new headquarters and the redevelopment of our downtown area," Dave Heydinger, president of Mathias Corp., said of the topping out event June 6 at Taylor Memorial Park.

The event brought together more than 200 people, including city and county leaders, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce members and staff from both companies.

"I am so glad to see so many of you here with your families," Anderson Bomar said at the event. "Family and community are important to all of us so it is most appropriate to be celebrating together."

Anderson Bomar said she believes bringing a large office complex to the downtown area will help other businesses thrive.

"You really need that kind of critical mass to make everything viable," she said of the city's downtown revitalization. "Now, it's not just weekend activity, but it's all day, every day activity."

She said the results are already apparent.

"The building coming up out of the ground has generated enough excitement that several other businesses have already opened," she said. "I think it's coming along famously."