While luxury apartment developer Northwood Ravin’s plans for the former Sears lot at Gwinnett Place Mall remain a mystery, the company will be at least somewhat involved in efforts to improve the area.
Northwood Ravin Director of Development Ben Yorker was elected to the Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District Board of Directors on Wednesday, according to an announcement from the CID. Yorker is based out of Northwood Ravin’s Charlotte office.
“We believe Ben will bring fresh ideas to the table and be a great addition to our strong board,” Gwinnett Place CID Board chairman and Ackerman Retail president Leo Wiener said in a statement. “Ben’s background in mixed-use and multifamily development could bring new opportunities and developments to the Gwinnett Place area.”
Northwood Ravin bought the Sears anchor space, including a parking lot between the building and Ring Road, for $11 million in May. Officials from the developer and the CID have been mum about what will be done with the 11.5-acre site, but considering the company’s extensive work with apartments, redevelopment as residential space is one possibility.
Gwinnett Place CID officials have been encouraging redevelopment of vacant aging retail spaces around the mall.