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Suwanee Closes on Gateway Property for Police

The site near I-85 will become a substation and a key to area development.

Updated 1:50 p.m., May 30, 2011

The City of Suwanee has officially closed on property that will become a police substation and is described as a key to the Gateway area's viability.

The lot of approximately one acre, purchased for $750,000, is described by City Manager Marty Allen as "a key to ensuring the area's long-term viability." The Gateway area is Suwanee's oldest business district and one that has gained increasing attention from city leaders.

The blighted lot, at Interstate 85, currently holds a former gas station, car wash and Waffle House. Existing structures will be demolished.

The city has allocated about $1.6 million for construction of the new 7,000 square foot police substation, primarily using 2009 SPLOST funds. Atlanta-based TSW has been retained to design the facility, and Hogan Construction Group of Norcross will build the substation. Construction will begin later this year.

Police Chief Mike Jones envisions “a very visible building that makes a real statement” and that will be utilized as a regional police training facility. This also means Suwanee Police will not have to travel to other areas for training.

The city also will receive $320,000 annually from lease payments on a billboard that will remain on the property, reducing the overall cost.

Suwanee has undertaken several recent efforts to promote the Gateway area. It held a contest this spring involving businesses, and two tickets to a Lady Gaga concert were offered as top prize. Also, hot-air balloon events were planned for April, but were cancelled due to inclement weather.

Alicia Allen May 30, 2011 at 04:52 PM
This is on the southeast corner of Lawrenceville-Suwanee Rd and I-85.
Steve Burns (Editor) May 30, 2011 at 05:40 PM
Thanks for pointing that out, Alicia.
Sonya Ellis July 26, 2011 at 04:22 PM
Cops are parked at this location frequently & always have several cars pulled over at a time. I've seen them pulling the cars over & cannot figure out why. Do you have any idea? I noticed there is a new light at the top of the 85 North ramp for those turning right. Are you no longer allowed to turn right when this light is red? When the light turns green there's an arrow.
Steve Burns (Editor) July 26, 2011 at 04:25 PM
Sonya, I'm not sure about the traffic light matter. Re police being there, it's city property designated for police use. Construction details are already in the planning phase.

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