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Officials approve Duluth TAD

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett officials approved the sixth tax allocation district in Gwinnett this week, signing off on the revitalization measure in Duluth.

The district, which was used to create Atlantic Station in Atlanta, is a relatively new method for Gwinnett, and Duluth is the second city to begin a project.

"I think it will be some great resurrection for the downtown area on Buford Highway," Commissioner Shirley Lasseter said after agreeing to earmark any increase in property tax values to fund revitalization. "I think they have some great projects moving forward that will please the community."

Lasseter, the former mayor of Duluth, said she did not know specifics of the revitalization plan but had been told they would "knock my socks off."

The Buford Highway corridor has been the focus of city revitalization hopes for years, Lasseter said.