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Development at stadium could break ground soon

This artist’s rendering shows the proposed retail and hotel development part of The Village at Coolray Field, a mixed-use project in the works that will surround the Gwinnett Braves stadium in Buford. (Special Photo)

This artist’s rendering shows the proposed retail and hotel development part of The Village at Coolray Field, a mixed-use project in the works that will surround the Gwinnett Braves stadium in Buford. (Special Photo)

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This artist’s rendering shows the proposed residential development part of The Village at Coolray Field, a mixed-use project in the works. (Special Photo)

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This artist’s rendering shows the proposed mixed-use project in the works that is expected to surround the Gwinnett Braves stadium in Buford. (Special Photo)

LAWRENCEVILLE — A developer could break ground on the residential portion of a planned mixed-use development at the Gwinnett Braves stadium within the next several months.

“We think that we can break ground on this at the end of this quarter or the first of next,” Brand Morgan, CEO of Brand Properties, said during an informational meeting Tuesday night at the stadium.

The approximately 200 luxury residential flats are part of The Village at Coolray Field, a project that includes 53,400 square feet of retail space, 20,000 square feet of office space and a 130-room hotel surrounding the Minor League baseball stadium.

The $100 million project originally got a green light from the county in 2009 but had been delayed since due to the slump in the economy.

Once the residential portion is in place fronting the stadium’s berm, retail and office space and the hotel — Brand has met with representatives for Hyatt and Hilton — will be built fronting Ga. Highway 20.

“I would like to say once we build this residential, I think we can have a shovel in the ground about 12 months after that on what we’re calling Home Run Alley and the hotel, Brand said.

The residential space will be housed in a four-story building and consist of 800- to 1,200-square-foot one- and two-bedroom apartments.

Brand said Tuesday’s meeting was to make sure the neighborhood was comfortable with the project moving forward.

“This is going to be an activity center, I mean, it already is somewhat, but it will be even more so,” Gwinnett County District 1 Commissioner Jace Brooks said.