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Suwanee presents final downtown plan to residents

SUWANEE - The city of Suwanee recently presented the final draft of its downtown master plan to residents.

The plan was developed during a six-month period with guidance from Ecos Environmental Design of Atlanta and input from residents, according to a news release.

"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," Matthew Dickison, Suwanee's Planning Division director, 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, the news release states.

The downtown plan also envisions a mixed-use development at Buford Highway and Russell Street as a transition to the historic Old Town area along Main Street, as well as potential redevelopment areas across Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road and Buford Highway from Town Center, according to the release.

"A transitional development at Russell Street will create more awareness of historic Old Town," Dickison said.

The City Council is expected to consider adopting the downtown master plan at its June 25 meeting. The plan will then be reviewed by the Atlanta Regional Commission.

More information about the plan is available online at www.downtownsuwaneeplan.com.