Sugar Hill looks to expand with gym, pool

An artist rendering of the proposed new streetscape for the city of Sugar Hill, which will include a gymnasium and a lap pool. (Special Photo)

An artist rendering of the proposed new streetscape for the city of Sugar Hill, which will include a gymnasium and a lap pool. (Special Photo)

SUGAR HILL — Usually referred to as just another bedroom community in the sprawling northeast Atlanta suburbs, the city of Sugar Hill is slowly but surely taking on a new identity.

That was evident again Thursday night at Sugar Hill’s City Hall as local business leaders came together for an announcement about expansion plans in the revitalized downtown area, which sits just off the major intersection of Peachtree Industrial Boulevard and Ga. Highway 20.

The big news centered around expansion next to the new City Hall, which opened earlier this year in January.

“What we’re trying to do is create Sugar Hill as a destination,” Sugar Hill Mayor Steve Edwards said. “I talked about tonight the center of Sugar Hill being a gymnasium, theater and lap pool and tying that all into our existing amphitheater and city hall. With the group and staff we have assembled now in Sugar Hill, we get to create and develop our own downtown.”

Sugar Hill’s listed population is just under 20,000 residents, but that’s a significant increase of nearly 73 percent in just 14 years since the turn of the century.

So with people moving to the area and now calling Sugar Hill home, city leaders felt it was time to launch a plan to provide their residents with opportunities to stay close and enjoy some fun with families and friends.

“Over 30,000 cars per day travel right by here (on Ga. Highway 20) and that will increase to 50,000 when the road is widened,” Edwards said. “So what we want to do is bring people in so they can eat, live, work and play in our downtown. We want people to stay here.

“And we heard from citizens and the business community about what they want. And they all want the same thing — a thriving downtown — and we plan to deliver it.”

Along with Thursday night’s announcement, the city will host the 75th@Sugar Hill Anniversary Celebration on Aug. 2.

The event will mark the 75th anniversary of Sugar Hill, but will also signify something greater — the celebration of the city’s growth from a quiet, small town to one of the fastest growing cities in the state for businesses and families.

A full day of activities will feature a parade and carnival, 5K run and fun run, a zip line, car and bike show and kids world to go along with live music, food and beverages throughout the day at the City Hall complex on West Broad Street.

Later that evening, a community dinner will be hosted followed by a live concert featuring the Haley & Alexis Band, Andy Velo and The Bacon Brothers with actor and musician Kevin Bacon.

“What we wanted to do tonight is make the announcement and create a buzz about it,” Edwards said. “Then the event on (Aug. 2) will be a great way to celebrate what we have planned.”