Thursday, August 26, 2010
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Managers of Gwinnett's oldest mall spoke positively about accomplishments in revitalization, days after commissioners were critical of a proposal to add a check-cashing facility.
"Mall management is pleased to report that there are a number of positive changes taking place at Gwinnett Place," a statement from Gwinnett Place Mall management said. "The mall has continued to respond to the community's needs and has recently welcomed new stores and restaurants, including Wild Cherry and El Vallarta. The center is also preparing for the grand opening of Mega Mart this fall.
"In addition to improvements within the shopping center, Gwinnett Place continues to support the Gwinnett Place (Community Improvement District) through financial contributions. As one of the largest contributors to the CID, the mall is highly involved with the momentum and improvements occurring in the community."
On Tuesday, commissioners granted a special-use permit to allow A+ Financial Services to perform services from tax preparation to check cashing at the mall, which opened in 1984.
But they said the mall should work more toward revitalization, as a member of the Gwinnett Place CID.
"It's a shame that Simon is setting the precedent," Commissioner Shirley Lasseter said of the check-cashing business.
Commissioner Kevin Kenerly added, "I know the CID is doing a great job with Pleasant Hill Road. People are flying by there so fast they don't notice the sidewalks and trees. But they notice the mall hasn't been painted in 25 years."