CID Giving Highway 29 a Facelift

The Lilburn CID is providing 100% of the funding to complete much-needed landscaping improvements at three key Highway 29 intersections. This corridor makeover will drastically improve and further define our CID. Look for future updates as we make progress on these and other projects.

Rockbridge Road & Indian Trail – This intersection was landscaped at all four corners in June. The CID has plans to complete the same level of landscaping at Indian Trail by late 2017. That make-over will include the four corners of the intersection. The grass median near Indian Trail and Burns Road will also receive a crepe myrtle tree canopy and additional small shrubs along with ground cover plantings.

Beaver Ruin – The CID will landscape all four corners of this intersection with plantings similar to the Rockbridge intersection in early 2018. Plantings at all of the intersections and the median will include (as appropriate) dwarf wax myrtles, pink knock-out roses, pink muhly grass, crape myrtles, Liriope, Yapon holly, fountain grass, Abelia, Walter’s viburnum, sweet shrub, serviceberry and Loropetalums.

Watch for Landscape Crews Working in the District

The arrival of spring means more activity for professional landscaping crews contracted by the CID. Contractors will continue their routine litter and debris removal along with upkeep of the area’s clean curbside appearance. Beyond the regularly scheduled work, the CID is awaiting its permits to install substantial new landscape projects at the Highway 29 intersections with Indian Trail Lilburn Road and Rockbridge Road.

The CID will provide photos and updates as they are available.

2017-2026 SPLOST Projects are Great for Business

The project categories for the 2017-2026 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) will be a boon to areas served by the CID. The one-cent sales tax approved by voters in November is projected to fund $12 million in local capital projects. The distribution for this money is strictly directed by the rules of SPLOST:

  • Transportation $4.56 million
  • Public Safety $6.6 million
  • Parks (Town Center) $0.84 million

Transportation: These projects often require matching funds, but are currently under consideration. Construction of a 10-foot sidewalk along Highway 29 from Boston Market to Postal Way will begin soon, funded by $238,000 of current city SPLOST funds and a $700,000 transportation enhancement grant awarded to the CID.

New Lilburn PD site

Public Safety: For years, the City Council has considered moving the police department to a location that makes them more visible and improves response times. A year ago, the city purchased property on Highway 29 that will bring that vision closer to reality. Construction of a new police and courts complex incorporating advanced technology and security equipment will begin in 2018 and will take two years to complete. It is estimated that the building will cost about $6 million. The new building will be directly across from Our Lady of the Americas Church.
New Lilburn City Hall and Administration Center

Town Center: Once the public safety building is complete, the Calvin Fitchett Administration Building will be demolished to allow views of the park and construction of a performing arts venue and community center. These improvements – along with the expansion of downtown parking – will promote continued development in the city’s Town Center. Numerous updates to the pavilions, playground and festival field will make a vibrant recreational venue to attract more patrons.

CID Continues Cleanup Efforts

The Lilburn CID continues its focus on the district’s clean appearance with routine landscaping upkeep. The litter and debris removal work will occur in weekly sweeps beginning this year. In the meantime, CID-contract landscaping professionals just installed mulch in the median islands on Highway 29 from Postal Road to Ronald Reagan Parkway. Plans are also in the works for substantial new landscape projects at the Indian Trail Lilburn Road and Rockbridge Road intersections with Highway 29.

Lilburn CID Projects Update

The Lilburn CID is continuing to take the lead on enhancements that increase property values and create investment opportunities throughout the district. Here is a short update on a number of CID-sponsored initiatives:

Lilburn Industrial Way: The CID is working with property owners and city leaders to reconstruct this commercial corridor to better serve businesses and their clients. Plans include new curbs, new gutters, reconstruction of existing driveways, drainage improvements, road resurfacing, improved lighting, and other infrastructure upgrades such as increasing the turning radius at the Killian Hill Road intersection. The CID is pursuing necessary legal agreements to allow county sales taxes to be used for the planning and design costs of these projects. CID leaders will continue meeting with property owners to formulate the best possible plans to improve access to the area.

Landscaping: Landscaping designs for the three key Highway 29 intersections – Rockbridge Road, Indian Trail-Lilburn Road and Beaver Ruin Road (including the median on Indian Trail-Lilburn Road near Hillcrest Road) have been completed, and the CID has applied for the appropriate county and state permits to allow the work to proceed. Once plans are permitted, CID-contracted landscaping professionals will install and maintain plantings that will provide an attractive, consistent appearance throughout the district.

Intersection upgrades: Transportation engineers, contracted by the CID, have completed plans to increase safety and traffic flow at Highway 29’s intersection with Jimmy Carter Boulevard. The CID will submit these plans to the citizens review committee before making sales tax-funding recommendations to the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners. The Jimmy Carter Boulevard plans would create additional dual left turn lanes, new sidewalks and enhanced traffic signal operations.