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BOC to discuss 'headquarters hotel' Tuesday

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Gwinnett Board of Commissioners is scheduled to discuss Tuesday a proposed "headquarters hotel" at the Gwinnett Center, about which officials previously expressed concerns over potential ethical problems.

The agenda for Tuesday's 10 a.m. work session contains a business item calling for the "approval/authorization for the Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau to formulate a recommendation with regard to the lease of a portion" of Gwinnett Center property for a headquarters hotel.

The deal would bring a full-service, 300-room Marriott to the Gwinnett Center property, located at Sugarlaof Parkway and Satellite Boulevard. No community buy-in would be necessary, officials have said.

Earlier this year, Commissioner John Heard, an architect, alerted the board that he had been hired by Chuck Thakkar, the developer who submitted the headquarters hotel proposal. Heard resigned from the board of the Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau and has said he will not vote on the matter, but fellow commissioners have tread lightly.

"We want to make sure that we can comfortably assure ourselves that there was no impropriety on the project," BOC Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said in June.

A consultant has projected that the hotel would bring 210 jobs to the community, as well as $71.2 million in county, schools, hotel and sales taxes over the next 30 years.

Comments

NewsReader 1 year, 5 months ago

A "headquarters hotel"? Seriously????? How about just doing the job you were voted into office to do and stop all of this foolishness that is beyond the scope of your responsibilities!

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dentaldawg83 1 year, 5 months ago

sad part is that this is a really good deal for the county, but with all the shenanigans related to the BOC in the past few years, it will probably get voted down...

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LilburnLady 1 year, 5 months ago

The Convention Center should have originally been constructed with a hotel connected to it, so I see this as long overdue. How do you attract conventions when you have no hotel space on the site of the convention? Seems like a no-brainer to me.

What I would like to hear from Charlotte Nash, is at least one statement addressing the rampant corruption within the BOC and some concrete plans to make changes with regards to ethics violations and establishing some sort of "watchdog" group of citizens who would be given access to the files of the BOC members. One of the biggest issues with BOC rezoning and planning commission decisions is the practice of allowing applicants for rezonings to hide behind "LLC's" created for the sole purpose of disguising the identity of the applicant and making it almost impossible to insure that the applicant does not have some sort of business relationship with a BOC member.

If Charlotte would sponsor a requirement that any application filed under the name of an LLC would require disclosing the names and relationships of all persons having a business interest in that LLC, it would go a long, long way to making BOC decisions more transparent and above board. It's a real shame that noone on that board, least of all the chairman will even acknowledge that major changes need to be made with regard to ethics in county government. Currently, it's being swept under the rug and ignored and until something changes, citizens are not going to trust any decisions made by our commissioners even if they are for the good of the county.

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R 1 year, 5 months ago

"No community buy-in would be necessary, officials have said."

Pass it, lease it and then officially declare the 1990s are now CLOSED in Gwinnett…

Officially document that this will be the LAST development or GOVERNMENT program where those in office release in PRINT the following text:

"No community buy-in would be necessary, officials have said."

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