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Extension given for Gwinnett Center hotel proposals

DULUTH -- Developers have an extra week to prepare bids for a proposed hotel at the Gwinnett Center.

Two potential bidders requested the extra time, said Lisa Anders, executive director of the Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau.

"It's difficult for everybody to put things together over the holidays," Anders said of the extension to the original due date, which is now Jan. 20.

She said the GCVB expects at least three bids from developers who have shown interest in the project, which was delayed four years ago due to the down turn in the economy.

After the proposals are submitted, Anders said she expects a review to take four to six weeks before the GCVB board makes a decision.

"We would love to have the right person with the right vision come on board this year," she said of the long-awaited hope for a four-star, 300-room hotel at the Sugarloaf Parkway center, which features the Arena at Gwinnett Center. "But there's a lot of due diligence that has to be done."

Information about the process and proposal can be found at www.gcvb.org/partners/board-of-directors.

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kevin 2 years, 3 months ago

There is already an Embassy Suites being built on the corner of SugarLoaf and Satelite. Do you think another hotel in the same block (at the Gwinnett Center) will be able to compete? Are we going to have too many hotels at that corner? There are already 2 suite hotels on the East side of I-85 and Sugarloaf (across from Discover Mills) also. I guess the County is desperate for more tax money no matter how much development clears open space. However, all that depends on how much the County gives up in taxes so get these folks to build hotels in Gwinnett County. Either way, there will be concessions to get people to invest, which further burdens us taxpayers for the lost tax money.

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dentaldawg83 2 years, 3 months ago

That Embassy Suites is not being built!...just a sign that has been there for 3-4 yrs now..

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