Saturday, November 3, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
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.