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Suwanee Ponders Offer on Historic Building

Gwinnett group and Atlanta developer make an offer to revamp Pierce's Corner.

Updated 4:54 p.m., July 26, 2011

Suwanee city officials have a good-faith agreement with a Norcross-based group and an Atlanta-area developer for the sale and renovation of the vacant Pierce's Corner building in Old Town.

Alison Starnes, Suwanee's Downtown Development Authority manager, said last week that initial plans call for the building, originally constructed in 1910, to be a combination of office and retail space.

"We're excited," Starnes said. "It's a positive step."

Officials have been reviewing proposals since the Jan. 31 deadline. City Attorney Gregory Jay will draft the final agreement, but city staff has been allowed to proceed with plans. It's not sure when work will begin.

Attorney Mike Deming Sr. of Norcross is one of the principals involved in the renovation. Also in the Deming Group are Michael Deming Jr. of Norcross, Chuck Warbington of Norcross (executive director of Gwinnett Village CID), and Robert Gresham of Buford.

Kirby Glaze of Jonesboro-based Community Development Partners also is involved, and he has a history of restoring historic properties in Georgia.

The sale price is approximately $250,000, meaning Suwanee will be selling at a loss.

The 6,000 square foot building has been vacant about 10 years, Starnes said. An annex likely will be eliminated at some point.

The Old Town area is one that has gained increasing attention from city leaders in recent years, as Town Center has become Suwanee's focal point.

Laurie Culpepper July 29, 2011 at 01:45 PM
I am very pleased that this building will be restored as it is a significant landmark in Suwanee's history. There are a few other places in Suwanee and in GA that I would like to see restored and placed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Perhaps there is grant money available for that purpose--Would need someone to investigate and do the research. In the future it would be nice for out of town visitors to take a trolley ride around the area where they could learn about our city --It would be fun for the residents to take their children and teachers to take students on field trips. This would generate income for our city and provide transportation occasionally to Gwinnett Braves Games and perhaps concerts at Gwinnett arena and be more "tourist friendly"..
Steve Burns July 29, 2011 at 02:11 PM
Thanks for the comment, Laurie.

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