Downtown Suwanee may get update
Final draft of plan unveiled

SUWANEE - After six months of development, the city of Suwanee presented the final draft of its Downtown Master Plan to residents during an open house at City Hall on Tuesday night.

In a news release, city spokeswoman Lynne DeWilde said the plan calls for "creating a community garden, realigning a couple of existing roadways, adding new roadways as additional connectors, expanding the greenway system and undertaking a more detailed study of Buford Highway as well as a parking study."

To help create more awareness of historic Old Town, the plan proposes a mixed-use development at Buford Highway and Russell Street and possible redevelopment of areas across Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road and Buford Highway.

"The vision put forward in the Downtown Master Plan capitalizes on the success of Town Center and works to create stronger connections between Town Center and historic Old Town," said Matthew Dickison, planning division director.

The plan was developed using a combination of citizen input and "leadership" from Ecos Environmental Design of Atlanta, DeWilde said. Much of the future implementation, she said, will be "market-driven and generated by private-sector development."

The plan will be presented to the Planning Commission and City Council at a meeting on June 25 and reviewed by the Atlanta Regional Commission.

As part of the city's five-year plan of action, Dickison said, it will complete a corridor study of Buford Highway, a downtown parking study and a community garden along Buford Highway.

City officials hope the downtown plan will provide a comprehensive update to the 2002 Old Town Master Plan, which resulted in the creation of the city's Town Center.

For more information about the plan, visit www.downtownsuwaneeplan.com.