Norcross News - April 2019

Norcross News Covering No cross, Peachtree Corners & Duluth Volume 29, No. 4 • APRIL 2019 PRICELESS ISSUE! • LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown n ews A tlAntA April 22nd The Downtown Norcross Expansion Project is exactly that, and critical steps in 2016 laid the foundation for significant development that is now commencing. After the dedication of Lillian Webb Park on College Street downtown in YEAR, that fantastic 4.12-acre greenspace became as well a popular pedestrian-friendly urban center. The beauty of this fantastic civic park space is so remarkable that sometimes I visit from my home in Peachtree Corners just to see how Norcross has acquired such a dynamic dimension: what a place for a visitor to stroll, have a coffee or enjoy an afternoon or evening. This new park is a natural place for happy events, such as wedding and prom pictures. And at the same time Lillian Webb Park became part of a perfectly planned, logical move to expand downtown Norcross toward nearby Buford Highway. As planned growth became a city priority, Norcross established a special tax district for any expansion that was to come. It allowed the city to work with developers for the common good on key pieces such as not only parking considerations (increasingly important in popular Norcross) but also storm water infrastructure vital to the environment. Norcross to Bring Downtown to Buford Hwy. Continued on page 11 Sign at development site shows rendering for new multi-family residential on Buford Highway that will strategically enlarge the City of Norcross. Congrats to Gwinnett for Top Public High School in Ga . Tower at 970 McElvaney Lane Lawrenceville 39944 bespeaks distin- guished academic secondary school achievement among nation’s elite. It’s only been around since 2007, but Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science & Technology in a short time has amassed such a superior record in its challenging curriculum that it reigns again as best public school in Georgia for 2018. That’s according to the specialized website Niche, highly regarded by consumers as “the best place to research U.S. colleges, schools, neighborhoods and companies.” Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Sci- ence and Technology, one of the true crown jewels of the Gwinnett County Public School Board, has heady average standardized scores, SAT 1360 and ACT 31. The elite high school in the Gwinnett County seat of Lawrenceville with an enrollment of 966 ranks No. 13 among its peers nationwide. Continued on page 9