Sugar Hill updates progress of downtown projects

SUGAR HILL -- The Sugar Hill City Council at its monthly meeting Monday night provided updates on development of its new downtown along West Broad Street between Peachtree Industrial Boulevard and Ga. Highway 20:

-- The amenity pond for stormwater retention, as well as its encircling walkway and adjacent terraced amphitheater, are nearly complete. The council discussed additional shrubbery to enhance amphitheater acoustics.

-- Sidewalks and street parking along the half-mile also are nearing completion. Brick is being added to the traffic circle at West Broad and Whitehead Road, as is stone facade to portions of retention walls lining West Broad.

-- The skeleton, windows and outer sheathing of two-story city hall on a basement at West Broad and Temple Drive is completed, making the facility nearly completely dried in and ready for application of exterior brick and stone. The neighboring multi-level parking deck is partially poured and its exterior being etched to resemble stone.

-- The city plans Sunday to reopen West Broad between Hillcrest Drive and Church Street, allowing eastbound motorists to access the existing city hall on West Broad from Level Creek Road.

In the meeting's lone agenda item, the council unanimously approved a resolution allowing the city to continue purchasing natural gas futures as a member of the state's nonprofit Municipal Gas Authority to achieve competitive therm rates. The resolution simply formalized what City Manager Bob Hail has long been doing and required he notify the council when buying futures more than three years in advance.