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Sugar Hill works out details of City Hall plan

SUGAR HILL -- Sugar Hill could sign a contract as soon as Monday with architect Precision Planning to design its $8.5 million City Hall.

The $385,000 design contract was to have been finalized early this week, but instead was put off until the city can get response from Precision on one remaining question.

Precision had offered to double its design liability insurance coverage to $2 million, provided Sugar Hill paid the firm's $19,000 additional premium to do so. But the city wants time to ask Precision whether the additional coverage would be specific to Sugar Hill's project. Regardless, City Manager Bob Hail said Sugar Hill likely will stick with the already agreed to $1 million of coverage, having verified that was the standard coverage Duluth, Snellville and Buford agreed to in design of their city halls.

The contract will cement Lawrenceville-based Precision's commitment to Sugar Hill's three-story, 30,000-square-foot hall at the corner of West Broad Street and Temple Drive downtown. The hall is the crown jewel of the city's planned $14 million downtown development, which includes a vintage street scape of wide sidewalks and double-globe street lamps, as well as a pond and amphitheater.

"This is the lynchpin, the long pole in the tent toward getting this done," Hail said of the turn-of-the-century style hall, tentatively set for groundbreaking in January 2011.

In addition to tabling the city hall contract at its brief, monthly meeting Monday, Sugar Hill's City Council approved beer and wine licenses for the new Kroger at 6001 Ga. Highway 20 and the Walgreens at 4397 Sudderth Road.