Thursday, January 10, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
DULUTH -- Leaders in one of Gwinnett's biggest cities want to enhance their downtown, which has been undergoing revitalization for years.
Duluth's mayor and council are planning some sessions to share their work on building the city center, a press release said.
Along with the Downtown Development Authority and city staff, the council members are exploring 20 ingredients to create an outstanding destination, as part of a study with Destination Development International, which shows characteristics in common to 400 "outstanding downtowns in America and Canada."
The group held its first session to share the findings earlier this week, when property owners and merchants were invited to the Festival Center to discuss the attributes -- like having a strong brand, anchor tenants, residents in the downtown and gathering places and starting with a small demonstration area -- and how they relate to the Gwinnett city.
According to the release, leaders are excited to determine the next step, after putting into place downtown overlays, building a Town Green and new City Hall and creating a plan.
"Now it is time to begin implementing a plan to make Downtown Duluth an outstanding destination," the release said. "The city is moving towards putting together the plan to make Downtown Duluth the place everyone wants to be with feedback from our merchants, property owners, citizens and consultants."