PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT
Permits/Inspections. Three (3) new homes were permitted with an average of 2,891 square feet.
Public hearings are scheduled for the June 21st Planning Commission meeting for a rezoning application and an annexation application. Case # RZ 21-001 is a request to rezone 27.6 acres on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard from General Business (BG) to Medium Density Mixed Residential (R36) for a proposed multi-family development with 240 units. Case # AX 21-002 is a request to annex 4.6 acres on Highway 20 just west of Arbor View Way for a residential development with 28 townhomes. More information on each project is available on the city’s website through the interactive development map https://cityofsugarhill.com/departments/planning-and-development/maps/.
PARKS AND RECREATION
Parks. ALL-IN Futbol Club and i9 Sports completed the spring seasons with huge success. The new and reconstructed fields are allowing more visitors to enjoy the park. Over 70 gardeners are enjoying the newly expanded Community Garden. Weekly maintenance was performed throughout the park to include trimming and chipping of tree limbs and debris.
Downtown and City Hall. Weekly cleaning and maintenance were performed throughout the downtown area and on the grounds of City Hall. The plant beds throughout downtown were landscaped and cleaned in preparation for the summer season. All water features were maintained and cleaned.
E Center. Gym memberships have reached 13,247 and thorough cleaning practices continue throughout the facility. Private rentals for the Waterfall Room and the Promenade have increased over the past month with graduation parties, various group meetings, and other events. A karate tournament was held in the gymnasium with guests enjoying the downtown area following the event.
Splash Park. The Splash Park is operating smoothly, the focus of ongoing regular preventative maintenance, and is drawing large crowds daily.
Golf. May was one of the most successful months to date for the course. A record number of rounds resulted in high metrics associated with merchandise, food, and beverage sales. The Atlanta Golf League continues to play every Thursday afternoon. This is a fun but competitive nine-hole league that has brought many new guests to the course. Golf lessons through i9 Sports continue to gain a lot of participation. The NET Championship was held on Saturday, May 15th and the 3 Player Step Aside Tournament will be held this Saturday, the 19th of June. Also beginning this month is the President Cup matches. For more information, on becoming a member or course information, contact one of the friendly staff members at the Golf Course by calling 770-271-0519.
COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Events. A total of thirty-three (33) events were held this past month including our year’s first Splash Night along with Sugar Hill Live events, outdoor movies, and the Annual Memorial Day Ceremony. The Pat Benatar concert was announced and is now sold out with the exception of season seats and one season suite. Concert dates for Preservation Hall Jazz Band along with Tank and the Bangas and one other will be announced soon. Donations for Friends of Disabled Adults and Children can be dropped off from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Temple Drive on the 26th of June and David Ramirez will perform in The Bowl at 7:00 PM that evening. Tickets are still available.
Economic Development. Broadstone is 94% pre-leased and 86% occupied. The third seminar with Regions Bank and our Suite Spot Incubator was held with the recording available until the 8th of August https://suitespotatsugarhill.com/business-development-seminar/.
Communications. The city has several websites, social media pages, e-newsletter lists and email lists in which residents can subscribe. We encourage residents to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, subscribe to our e-blasts and pick up your local paper to see what is happening in Sugar Hill.
PUBLIC WORKS AND UTILITIES
Gas Department. We are holding at 50% with our AMR upgrades with staff devoted to responding to other series of construction-related demands. Our utility locating staff completed services on 579 sites and worked with our construction contractors on various sites around the city to protect our underground utilities. Staff has been working through regulatory compliance tasks, new service installations, and 63 other service requests to round out the workload last month.
Street & Stormwater Department. Yard debris operations delivered 17 loads of mulch and 118 truckloads of bagged clippings collected. This resulted in eighteen (18) loads of debris to the disposal site. Open-top dumpster rentals for the month topped out at six (6), down slightly from the month prior. The stormwater department responded to four (4) requests for rock to ensure stormwater stabilization. The city’s stormwater annual report was submitted to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division for the reporting period ending the 30th of April.
Sugar Hill (Main) Greenway Trail. TriScapes Construction (TSI) has paved another 2,100 linear feet of trail through EE Robinson Park (North), nearly completing a connection from downtown to the Gwinnett Church on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard (PIB). The trail now stretches a nominal 1.7 miles along Level Creek Road and over to PIB. TSI has turned their focus on the natural areas between PIB and Whitehead across the former GDOT right-of-way, finalizing the clearing portion in these segments.
This phase of the greenway trail includes 4 and a half miles of trail construction, beginning at the intersection of Level Creek Road and Church Street and extending both along roadways and through natural areas to Whitehead Road, temporarily ending at a trailhead parking lot at the Bethany UMC Church located at 144 Whitehead Road near the new bridge. The Whitehead Road trailhead at the Bethany United Methodist Church parking lot is under construction.
Roadway Resurfacing & Repairs 2020/2021. Construction is at the 80-percent point with all but the Frontier Forest subdivision roads complete. The contract includes:
Hunters Oak Trail
Riverside Walk Drive
River Ridge Lane
Forest Green Way
White Oak Drive
Mountain Ridge Way
Spring Willow Drive
Grand Loop Road
Summer Breeze Lane
Long Needle Court
Laurel Green Drive
Deer Crossing Drive
GPP Parking Lot
The highlighted roads above have been completed or are very nearly at completion as of the end of April. The repair and resurfacing work are averaging in cost from $33 to $35 per linear foot of two-lane road and about $1,600 per lot/home.
Gold Mine Park. Construction is expected to begin in July. TriScapes was selected as the city’s contractor for this new project. The proposed park serves as a trailhead on the city’s greenway and offers a chance for guests to learn more about the city’s gold mining history.
22 Acre Park on Highway 20. This project is finishing up scoping and design of pond, parking, and pavilion improvements.
Whitehead & Sycamore Sidewalk Improvements. The design phase is wrapping up on this SPLOST-funded project to upgrade older sections of sidewalks, design future LCI-level improvements, and fill-in a short gap near EM Croy on Sycamore.