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Michael Alpert

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Sugar Hill to debut new City Hall

The $11 million, 33,000-square-foot building at West Broad Street and Temple Drive downtown is adjacent to a $6 million parking deck, amphitheater and amenity pond.

Sugar Hill passes $19.4M 2013 budget

SUGAR HILL -- Following a required third public hearing, the Sugar Hill City Council passed its 2013 budget at its monthly meeting Monday night.

Construction on new Sugar Hill City Hall to be finished by Christmas

SUGAR HILL -- At its monthly work session Monday night, the Sugar Hill City Council:. -- Announced its $11 million, 33,000-square-foot City Hall at West Broad Street and Temple Drive downtown is expected to be complete by Dec. 21. City Manager Bob Hail said furniture is scheduled to

Sugar Hill delays City Hall grand opening

SUGAR HILL -- Sugar Hill residents who've circled Dec. 1 on their calendar will need to flip the page and recircle.. Gwinnett's fourth-largest city hoped to have its new City Hall complete enough for a public preview the night of the city's downtown tree lighting, but instead announced at

Sugar Hill borrows from general fund for City Hall

SUGAR HILL -- As Sugar Hill nears planned completion of its downtown City Hall and streetscape in January, City Manager Bob Hail sought permission at Monday night's City Council work session for some mildly creative bookkeeping.. With about 60 percent of the City Hall's $11 million cost scheduled to be

Sugar Hill collects artifacts for new city hall

Sugar Hill collects artifacts.

Sugar Hill discusses traffic, energy

SUGAR HILL -- In its monthly work session Monday night, the Sugar Hill City Council:. -- Discussed whether to allow traffic from an insurance agency at 492 Riverside Road to exit the property's rear onto Suwanee Dam Road because exit visibility onto Riverside was insufficient.. -- Discussed whether to join

Sugar Hill OKs access road for potential sports/retail center

SUGAR HILL -- At its monthly meeting Monday night, the Sugar Hill City Council kept focus on the Georgia Department of Transportation's impending widening of Ga. Highway 20 from Peachtree Industrial Boulevard to Ga. 400.. The council decided to construct a short access road from Ga. 20 north to 90

Sugar Hill talks Hwy. 20 widening

SUGAR HILL -- Georgia Department of Transportation's planned widening of Ga. Highway 20 in Sugar Hill is largely welcomed, but as its city council found at its monthly work session Monday night, life might be cumbersome meanwhile.. Unique Refinishers, a bathtub and ceramic tile reglazing company, was first to request

Clocks for Sugar Hill's new city hall to arrive soon

SUGAR HILL -- Need to know the time?. You'll soon be able to see it a half mile from downtown Sugar Hill.. The Sugar Hill City Council announced at its monthly meeting Monday night that clocks for the cupola atop its new city hall soon will be delivered and mounted

Sugar Hill considers new flag at meeting

As Sugar Hill's downtown city hall complex and streetscape approach completion, Gwinnett County's fourth-largest city is considering its crowning elements.

Sugar Hill annexes land, leaves millage rate alone

Sugar Hill council votes to annex land, leaves millage rate alone

Sugar Hill holds second public meeting on millage rate

SUGAR HILL -- Gwinnett's fourth-largest city is continuing it commitment to do more with less.. At its monthly work session Monday night, Sugar Hill's city council held its second of three public hearings on a millage rate it plans not to change for an 11th year, despite a shrinking

Unterman, Murphy attend Sugar Hill council meeting

SUGAR HILL -- Sugar Hill City Council's monthly meeting Monday night featured two noteworthy personalities and a similarly noteworthy decision.. State Sen. Renee Unterman came to accept an award, and Gwinnett County School Board member Mary Kay Murphy came to address the city whose schools she represents. Afterward, the council

Sugar Hill works out specifics of alcohol ordinance amendment

SUGAR HILL -- With considerable discussion Monday, the Sugar Hill City Council took a step toward likely allowing wine tastings at places permitted to sell alcohol by package.. At its monthly work session, the council hammered out specifics of an alcohol ordinance amendment it expects to approve at its monthly

Sugar Hill condemns house

SUGAR HILL -- More residents than typical attended Sugar Hill City Council's monthly meeting Monday night, mostly to urge the council to perform one of its more distasteful acts.. After hearing from several neighbors, the council voted unanimously to condemn Swain Stewart's residence at 1305 Hidden Circle, rejecting Stewart's request

Sugar Hill asked to revise alcohol ordinance

SUGAR HILL -- Sugar Hill is considering revising its alcohol ordinance at the urging of a supermarket that has been in the city for about a year and a half.. Kroger's Atlanta division lobbied Gwinnett County's third-largest city at its monthly work session Monday night to allow wine tastings

Sugar Hill updates progress of downtown projects

The Sugar Hill City Council at its monthly meeting Monday night provided updates on development of its new downtown along West Broad Street between Peachtree Industrial Boulevard and Ga. Highway 20.

Sugar Hill discusses art feature for city

At its monthly work session Monday night, the Sugar Hill city council discussed whether an art feature would make an ideal focal point for its recently begun $14 million downtown streetscape.

Sugar Hill honors volunteer

SUGAR HILL -- Marcus Ray credits growing up with mentors for his success in life.. Monday night, Sugar Hill credited Ray for success of its youth.. At its monthly meeting, the Sugar Hill City Council awarded him a plaque and proclaimed March 12, 2012, Marcus Ray Day.. "When I got

Sugar Hill hears building requests

SUGAR HILL -- The Sugar Hill City Council discussed several things at its monthly work session Monday night.. It considered a request to enhance the sign and facade of a two-story, multi-tennant building at 4955 Alton Tucker Blvd., the site of North Gwinnett Dental Care and a Latin

Sugar Hill mulls natural gas for fleet

SUGAR HILL -- As a member of the nonprofit Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia, Sugar Hill has been managing residents' natural gas cost for years.. At Monday night's monthly meeting, its city council decided to explore another way to save money with natural gas.. The council appropriated $5,000 to study

Sugar Hill considers commercial rezoning

SUGAR HILL -- Commerce near the intersection of Ga. Highway 20 and Suwanee Dam Road in Sugar Hill got a boost several years ago when the city's only Kroger opened. Soon another commercial interest might come about there, too.

Sugar Hill swears in new DDA members

SUGAR HILL -- Brandon Hembree has related experience, but Nancy Wren has none.. Yet it's precisely that diversity the Sugar Hill City Council expects will enhance its Downtown Development Authority.. Sworn in at the council's monthly meeting Monday night, Hembree and Wren, Sugar Hill residents for about 10 and two

Sugar Hill talks replacements for Development Authority, Planning Commission members

SUGAR HILL -- With construction of Sugar Hill's downtown streetscape and city hall in full swing, fresh ideas soon might come from two groups key to it all.. The city council used Monday night's work session to discuss potential appointees to replace three of seven Downtown Development Authority members and

Sugar Hill OKs $28M budget

SUGAR HILL -- The Sugar Hill City Council Monday night approved its 2012 budget of about $28 million, which includes a roughly 10 percent increase to the price tag of its downtown City Hall, now expected to cost nearly $11 million.

Sugar Hill OKs $28M budget

SUGAR HILL -- The Sugar Hill City Council Monday night approved its 2012 budget of about $28 million, which includes a roughly 10 percent increase to the price tag of its downtown City Hall, now expected to cost nearly $11 million.

Sugar Hill council considers extension for sports center

Global Sports asks for more time to secure investors.

Sugar Hill holds hearing on budget

SUGAR HILL -- The Sugar Hill City Council held the first of three public hearings on its 2012 budget at its monthly meeting Monday night. And as City Manager Bob Hail often boasts, the entire $27 million budget was typed in black.

Sugar Hill holds hearing on budget

The Sugar Hill City Council held the first of three public hearings on its 2012 budget at its monthly meeting Monday night.

Sugar Hill decides dilapidated house must be demolished

SUGAR HILL -- The Sugar Hill City Council at its monthly work session Monday night dealt with an uncomfortable issue cities sometimes must.. The council of Gwinnett County's third largest city upheld Building Official Burny Agee's recommendation that a dilapidated home on Aurelio Pelcastre's downtown property at 4959 West Broad

Sugar Hill's test of new weather warning sirens proves to be successful

SUGAR HILL -- City Councilman Curtis Northrup said his son, Albert, was excited to tell his dad some good news after school Friday.. The noise he and classmates heard loud and clear around lunchtime comforted them. Sugar Hill's test of its six newly installed weather warning sirens -- particularly the

Sugar Hill's test of new weather warning sirens proves to be successful

SUGAR HILL -- City Councilman Curtis Northrup said his son, Albert, was excited to tell his dad some good news after school Friday.

Price tag falls on Sugar Hill's city hall complex

SUGAR HILL -- Cost of Sugar Hill's downtown city hall complex had risen some 20 percent to about $10 million, but a key structural change and mindful cost cutting recently trimmed its price tag.

Price tag falls on Sugar Hill's city hall complex

SUGAR HILL -- Cost of Sugar Hill's downtown city hall complex had risen some 20 percent to about $10 million, but a key structural change and mindful cost cutting recently trimmed its price tag.

Sugar Hill To Install Six Weather Warning Signals

SUGAR HILL -- The self-proclaimed Recreation City, Sugar Hill soon will be a safer city in which to recreate.

Sugar Hill to install six weather warning signals

SUGAR HILL -- The self-proclaimed Recreation City, Sugar Hill soon will be a safer city in which to recreate.. Announced at Monday's monthly city council meeting was recent delivery of six weather warning sirens to be stationed throughout Gwinnett's third largest city. Roughly six feet tall and four feet

Sugar Hill Discusses Insect Ordinance, Easements, City Hall Design

SUGAR HILL -- One Sugar Hill community's residents are gaining ease of mind and another's are gaining results from cooperating.

Sugar Hill discusses insect ordinance, easements, city hall design

SUGAR HILL -- One Sugar Hill community's residents are gaining ease of mind and another's are gaining results from cooperating.. Those were developments at the Sugar Hill City Council's monthly work session Tuesday night, where it discussed an insect ordinance, as well as how neighbors together could achieve variance to

Sugar Hill councilman honored for leadership training

Sugar Hill councilman Marc Cohen recognized for leadership training.

Sugar Hill discusses downtown streetscape

SUGAR HILL -- At Monday night's Sugar Hill City Council work session low on topics, the biggest news might have been difficulty getting there.

Sugar Hill to allow vote on Sunday alcohol sales

SUGAR HILL -- Gwinnett County's third largest city made an example of itself in two ways Monday.

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Sugar Hill to allow Sunday sales vote

SUGAR HILL -- Gwinnett County's third largest city made an example of itself in two ways Monday.

Sugar Hill City Council looks at fences, work crews, outdoor movies

At its monthly work session Monday night, the Sugar Hill City Council contemplated allowing one homeowner to construct a fence in drainage easement and another to keep an existing one there.

Sugar Hill commemorates past and present

SUGAR HILL — Sugar Hill commemorated both its distant and recent past Monday night.

Sugar Hill council discusses regulating movie showings

SUGAR HILL — Sugar Hill’s “Reels at Robinson,” a monthly outdoor movie series at E.E. Robinson Park, is one of the warmer seasons’ hottest family draws for the self-proclaimed Recreation City.

Sugar Hill approves variance to build wedding, reception venue

SUGAR HILL — The Sugar Hill City Council at its monthly meeting Monday night paved the way for a new event center in the southern part of its city.

Sugar Hill mulls variance

SUGAR HILL — If you’re building commercially in Sugar Hill, be prepared to be a cut above.

Sugar Hill names T-ball field to honor former city manager's son

SUGAR HILL — Though unfinished with its 18-acre expansion of E.E. Robinson Park, Sugar Hill put a finishing touch on one of the park’s T-ball fields recently completed along Level Creek Road.

Sugar Hill council discusses movies, temporary alcohol sales

SUGAR HILL — The Sugar Hill City Council at its monthly work session Monday night gave considerable discussion to permissible use of two popular public areas and two circumstances of alcohol use.

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