Roundup of SPLOST improvements

Gwinnett County’s citizen committee on Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) agreed to funding allocations for a number of improvements in the greater Lilburn CID area. County Commissioners have not formally approved these allocations, and county staff still needs to prioritize the hundreds of projects. Schedules are unknown at this time.

In the meantime, click here for a comprehensive look at what is on the horizon.

Plaza Las Americas brings new retail to Lilburn

Imagine a bustling town in Central or South America – the vendors, the shops, the meshing of languages and cultures. Now imagine that experience set in Gwinnett County, because that’s just what General Manager Joe Comonte and his associates envisioned three years ago when they started planning Plaza Las Americas in Lilburn.

With one of the largest Latino populations in Georgia, Gwinnett is the hub of many different Latino-oriented stores and attractions. Of the more than 900,000 in the county, about 20% of the population is Hispanic. We are excited that Plaza Las Americas decided to make Gwinnett County its home.

“The project started about three years ago, with the vision to create a Hispanic-type mall in Gwinnett County, as we noticed there was a huge Hispanic population that was not being served by any major Hispanic malls in the northeast side of Atlanta,” said Comonte.

They decided on a long vacant Lowe’s home improvement store on Pleasant Hill Road after considering several different locations. The property was the right size and centrally located. close to the heart of Gwinnett.

“Through much planning and development, we designed and created a mall that mimics a small plaza found in just about anywhere in Latin America, complete with a central water fountain, small shops and vendors,” said Comonte. “The name came from the very diverse demographic makeup of the area. The Hispanic population in Gwinnett County is a huge mix of nationalities from all over central and south America, compared to other counties were the greater numbers usually come from Mexico and the like. We thought the name would be fitting as it integrates all the different Hispanic cultures found throughout Latin America.”

Plaza Las Americas currently has 219 open stores, offering a variety of services, from clothing boutiques to travel agencies, professional services such as lawyers, real estate agents and mortgage lenders, prenatal care, insurance companies, phone companies, spas, hair salons, printing companies, and restaurants, just to name a few. There will soon be a full-size Hispanic supermarket and outdoor soccer fields, as well as family-oriented attractions. The goal is to provide a one-stop shopping experience not only for the Hispanic community, but for all of Gwinnett County.

“We pride ourselves in creating an environment that develops entrepreneurs into successful business people,” explained Comonte. “We provide an opportunity for first-time small business owners to achieve the ‘All-American Dream’ that brought them to our shores in the first place. And isn’t that what makes America great?”

Lilburn CID receives big SPLOST wins

Leaders of the Lilburn CID sought opportunities to address much-needed traffic and safety improvements through the support of Gwinnett’s special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) funding. After months of submitting project concept plans and need justifications to the county’s Citizens Project Selection Committee, the Gwinnett Board of Commissioners approved the CID’s requests along with other projects at their July 25 meeting.

The following approved projects represent a collective value in excess of $25 million. All of the improvements are funded partially through the county’s 2016 SPLOST along with funds from the Georgia DOT, City of Lilburn and CID. All projects were recommended for funding by the Citizens Project Selection Committee.

  • Killian Hill Road: Widen Killian Hill from Arcado Road to Church Street to four or five lanes. Additional federal funding will be required.
  • Highway 29 @ Jimmy Carter Boulevard: Add turn lanes at all sides of the intersection. Reconstruct affected commercial driveways, including a new signal and upgrades to the existing traffic signal. Additional state funding will be sought.
  • Highway 29 @ Ronald Reagan Parkway: Relocate the southbound off ramp to improve sight distances, including enhanced striping and a new median opening on Highway 29 and associated turn lane near the off-ramp. These improvements will enhance vehicle safety while providing for better access to businesses.
  • Pleasant Hill Road @ Ronald Reagan Parkway: Install new sidewalk and a pedestrian crossing at the on-ramp from Pleasant Hill Road, allowing pedestrians to access this area with greater safety.
  • Highway 29 @ Rockbridge Road: Add a right-turn lane on Highway 29 eastbound at Rockbridge Road, allowing eastbound traffic on Highway 29 to turn right onto Rockbridge while avoiding through traffic on Highway 29 in the afternoon. This project has 100% funding from Georgia DOT.
  • Highway 29 and Luxomni Road: Improve traffic safety at this location.
  • Lilburn Industrial Way: Improvements to include reconstruction of the existing road to accommodate freight traffic, which includes proper intersection radii. Complete a signal study at the intersection of Killian Hill and Lilburn Industrial Way and install a traffic signal, if needed. Sidewalks will be included on one side of the road.
  • Jimmy Carter Boulevard: Install intelligent traffic system upgrades.

In addition to these roadway improvements, the Citizens Project Selection Committee recommended funding the following sidewalk projects to enhance pedestrian access from residential to commercial areas:

  • Jimmy Carter Boulevard: From Highway 29 to Club Parkway (1,900 feet of sidewalks).
  • Rockbridge Road: From Dickens Road to Arrowind Road (3,100 feet of sidewalks).
  • Indian Trail Road: From Hillcrest to Exchange Place (install 650 feet of sidewalks).

This is an exciting list of enhancements for the Lilburn CID, representing improvements over the next five years that will greatly enhance assets that make the CID a great place to do business. Sincere thanks to the citizens who gave of their time and talent to assess the transportation and pedestrian needs in our area.

Bus routes a possibility for CID area

Imagine having the option for professionals to easily access rapid transit – close to their Lilburn homes – for comfortably travel to high-paying tech and research facilities. This scenario may be a reality sooner rather than later as Gwinnett leaders ponder a new future for transit services.

For the first time in 16 years, Gwinnett County Transit (GCT) is taking a comprehensive look at its routes and services with a goal of making improvements. The Connect Gwinnett Transit effort will lead to new plans and improved services. For the Lilburn business community, this could include the establishment of new bus rapid transit services.

The greater Lilburn area is in serious need of park/ride options and bus rapid transit routes connecting commuters who daily drive Highway 29 to such destinations as Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Establishing new local access points and routes would greatly reduce commuter congestion while providing a better quality of life benefit. Even more of these skilled employees would likely make their homes in this community, supporting local businesses and helping to increase property values.

Lilburn business leaders, commercial property owners and residents need to actively engage Connect Gwinnett Transit. Please take a moment to view these resources, and join in available meetings and online surveys to share your thoughts.

Connect Gwinnett Site –
Connect Gwinnett Online Survey –
Connect Gwinnett on Facebook –

Click here to read the Gwinnett County – Connect Gwinnett Transit media release

Music on Main Street Keeps Lilburn an Entertainment Destination

Lilburn CID stakeholders Scott and Alicia Mecredy have owned and operated Music on Main Street (MOMS) in downtown Lilburn since May 2011 when they purchased the 1895 historic home at 113 Main Street. After a few months of interior renovations, they started offering music lessons, and it was obvious they were filling a community need. But they set their sights beyond music lessons – they saw an opportunity to grow local talent and offer the experience of live concerts by world-class artists.

To make their vision a reality, the Mecredys had to make property improvements to allow for a variety of music-related activities. Using the gentle slope of their spacious backyard, they built an outdoor stage for artists, fundraisers, weddings, summer youth camps and others with emerging talents. They also remodeled their attic to accommodate a recording studio that doubles as a small concert hall in the winter months. Thanks to their hard work and business savvy, MOMS is now a thriving hub of musical activity all year long, with sell-out weekend concerts and young musicians anxious to display their skills. The Lilburn CID wishes MOMS continued success as a first-class entertainment destination.

See the MOMS 2017 concert schedule below. Check the website for updates and information:

  • July 22 – Campbell Harrison with Scott Mecredy. Twisted Slinky Finch Mob (Details)
  • July 29 – Madrid Express – Tribute to Col. Bruce Hampton (Details)
  • September 9 – Donna Hopkins (Details)
  • September 16 – Grant Green Jr. (Details)
  • October 14 – Michael Tolcher (Details)