Julia McPeek



April, 2022

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Supported a comment by Edward Bienkowski on Reclaim Gwinnett Place Mall 1 month ago
Edward Bienkowski
Next community meeting if this could include the counties map from Gwinnett trails. Upon a personal recent review it shows all of the current and future trail plans. This should be important to any future mall redevelopment plans for greenspace, trails and connectivity to all the surrounding parks and how this project may fit in to the entire county plans for greenspace and trails.
Commented on Reclaim Gwinnett Place Mall 1 month ago
The circular structure of the road could be a great track for bikes or soapbox derby events.
Commented on Reclaim Gwinnett Place Mall 1 month ago
Whatever you end up doing, please add greenspace or green inrastructure. Like the sustainability comment.
Supported a comment by Ron P on Reclaim Gwinnett Place Mall 1 month ago
Ron P
Have you really listened to what the PEOPLE want for this area? What is the REAL desire of the County to manage this property? Are you looking for a paycheck from a developer to make this something they think will be a money maker for Gwinnett or is Gwinnett really going to MANAGE this area? Look at all the comments that talk about transportation for the county. While MARTA isn't the answer for Gwinnett it clearly needs to be something tied into the county plan. Light rail would be better than heavy rail. Gwinnett Place Mall area is a perfect location for a hub for Gwinnett transportation. Easily centralized for access to/from Doraville to Athens, and Stone Mountain to Gainesville and areas beyond! We need dedicated bus lanes all over Gwinnett. We need more bike lines and need SIDEWALKS on ALL county roads. We need to become safer for the alternative transportation methods (walking, biking, or mass transit). Gwinnett needs to develop a commission to MANAGE this property and not just allow developers to come in and rent the property and design/develop what THEY want. Not what the PEOPLE want. With the county taking an active role in management of this property it can better serve the people that want to use this area to make their lives better.
Commented on Reclaim Gwinnett Place Mall 1 month ago
Doesn't have to be dedicated to ag, love the idea and host educational farmers markets!
Supported a comment by Hector Del Valle on Reclaim Gwinnett Place Mall 1 month ago
Hector Del Valle
The mall can become a multi-use center to promote sustainability and agricultural education as well as promote local farming by creating a farmer’s market, utilizing the ample space for sustainable farming techniques such as vertical farming and aquaponics farming, and the installation of food shops (stalls and restaurants) to attract business in a self-sustained environment which utilize local products and those from the vertical farms located in the mall. The vertical farm and food businesses can use a portion of its parking lot and the mall’s roof to place solar arrays to provide a portion of its energy needs. Food scraps from the neighboring restaurants in Gwinnett County and those located within the mall as well as discarded product from the farmer’s market can be used to create compost and energy for electricity and heat similar to The Plant (https://www.plantchicago.org/) in Chicago and others. Market research shows vertical farming industry is expected to grow to a value of $3 billion by 2024 and has created high value companies. The promotion of innovative sustainable farming and local farming in this center along with the accompanying farmer’s market and restaurants provide boost to the economy, education, and sustainability.