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Lilburn views sketches of combined city hall/library branch project

LILBURN -- December 2013 is the proposed completion date for the new $10 million combined Lilburn City Hall/Gwinnett County Library project, according to Doug Stacks, director of planning and economic development for the city.

Stacks, who presented artist sketches of the project at Monday night's Lilburn City Council meeting, said the facility will be located at the intersection of Main and Church Streets, and will be funded by city and county SPLOST funds.

"The City Hall and Library will be the anchor tenants of this area which will be squared up for redevelopment," he said.

The first floor of the structure will house the 20,000-square-foot library with a courtyard fronting Church Street, while the upper floor will be for the city's use, and will include a 150-seat council chamber.

Five acres of the project will front U.S. Highway 29, and 7.5 acres will be available for prime real estate development. A realignment of Main Street, including roundabouts on Church Street and next to the McEachern home, also is planned.

In other action, the Council, by a vote of 3 to 1, approved the appointment of former mayor Diana Preston, to serve as director of the Lilburn Downtown Development Authority. Preston, a retired schoolteacher, was defeated in a hotly contested city election last year by Mayor Johnny Crist. Preston's name was recommended to the Council by the DDA to fill the director vacancy.

In other business, the Council:

-- approved a Special Events Policy for the city park so non-city sponsored groups would be able to use the facility for events throughout the year.

-- agreed to approve the applications of Arcado Elementary School for a road closure/parade permit on March 25, and Trickum Middle School for like permits on May 6.

-- was informed by Stacks that 380 trees will be planted for the Stream Restoration Project by July, and that the 69-acre Bryson Park improvements are scheduled to be finished by this May.

-- voted to enter a service agreement with CitySupport LLC to administer and manage the city's Alarm Management Program. The city will receive 75 percent of the proceeds, and CitySupport 25 percent. The city will give alarm owners 90 to 120 days to register.

Crist announced the following upcoming activities in the city:

-- Special Olympics Tennis Tournament, Saturday, April 28, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, March 31, 10 a.m.-12 noon; Senior Citizens' Scams Seminar, Tuesday, April 3, 7 p.m.; Great American Clean-Up, Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., old concrete plant; Lilburn Relay Rally, Friday, April 27, 5-9:30 p.m., City Park; Community Garage Sales, Saturdays, March 24 and April 21, 9 am.-2 p.m., Annex Parking Lot; and Town Hall meetings, fourth Monday of every month.

Comments

BuzzG 2 years, 5 months ago

Holy cow! Lilburn tax payers, get ready to grab your ankles. Here comes big government at city level. Either that or we will have to reinstate our red light cameras and get the revenue from unsuspecting drivers passing down hiway 29.

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