Tucker Summit CID October 2019 Newsletter

October Fall Owners’ Meeting

Thank you to all the TSCID owners who made it out to the Fall Owners’ Meeting at Stone Ridge Event Center on October 8. We had an incredible turn out of members who heard  from our guest speakers Felecia Basolo and Todd Long from Moreland Altobelli Associates and Wade Carroll from Metro Analytics on the Freight Cluster Plan Study. Andrew Carnes, vice president of Economic Development at Partnership Gwinnett, shared details on the new Amazon fulfillment center just three miles outside of the district and Billy Wilkes, from Flock Safety, brought a sample license plate reader to showcase what has been installed throughout the district.

If you have a keen interest in the Freight Cluster Plan study, you can provide input by contacting Inga Kennedy with Metro Analytics and you can join the steering committee by contacting Wade Carroll.

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New Amazon Fulfillment Center Will Deliver 1,000 Jobs to the Area

The new Amazon fulfillment center, previously known as “Project Rocket,” is being developed on the Gwinnett-DeKalb County border and will occupy 640,000 SF and four stories where the former Olympic tennis center stood. The $230 million development, contracted to Seefried Industrial Properties, will be the first robotic distribution center in the United States and is projected to be out of the ground by Q4 ’20.

At the Fall TSCID Owners’ Meeting, Economic Development Vice President for Partnership Gwinnett Andrew Carnes said Gwinnett County’s diversity index of 80 percent was a major factor in attracting the global online retail giant. Carnes predicts this Amazon facility will create 1,000 nonseasonal jobs amid the surrounding communities, and that additional “last-mile” facilities will be targeted for use by Amazon, driving added job creation throughout metro Atlanta. Amazon’s positive ripple effect should be felt by other ancillary businesses within the district – increasing their revenue and creating even more jobs.

In order to accommodate the additional traffic created by the distribution center, Gwinnett County approved a $2.1 million contract to CMES Inc. in September to construct additional lanes, a new traffic signal and new sidewalks at the intersection of West Park Place Boulevard and Rockbridge Road.

Flock Safety’s License Plate Readers Reduce Crime in the District

Billy Wilkes with Flock Safety showcased the Flock Safety camera system currently working in conjunction with the DeKalb County Police Department. The high-tech cameras capture photographic and video evidence of license plates during the commission of a crime.

Flock Safety’s database of license plates spans more than 35 states and aids in solving one to five crimes on a daily basis. The cameras are strategically installed throughout the CID and can also connect to private networks.

The system is solar-powered and can be used to identify pedestrians and bicyclists within range as well. For more information on Flock Safety and how they can help secure your home or business, please visit their website.

New Business

New Mixed-Use Development at Hugh Howell and Mountain Industrial Boulevard

Branch Acquistion Company has requested a C-2 rezoning of 154,000 SF commercial property at 4650 Hugh Howell Road at Mountain Industrial Boulevard. The proposal intends to revitalize the property into a mixed-use development featuring retail, commercial and restaurant spaces as well as introduce pedestrian walkways and gathering areas to serve the nearby employees and businesses

The Tucker City Council is tentatively scheduled to make a decision on the project by February 2020.

TSCID Member Spotlight

Mama’s Chicken & Seafood is open for business! After a soft opening over the summer, the grand opening was officially held last month and the restaurant features a full menu and drive-through window. The specially-seasoned chicken and seafood can be found at 2922 Mountain Industrial Boulevard. Check out the restaurant’s Facebook page for weekly deals and specials.

What’s New with Team Reboot

TSCID-sponsored FIRST robotics team, Team Reboot, is still in search of a new space for the junior engineers to meet and build. If you know of a location where these young minds can continue to learn and grow, please contact Deneise Turner at dturner@81029@att.net.  

Tucker Job Fair in November

Georgia Piedmont Technical College Wants Your Input on Workforce Training

Georgia Piedmont Technical College in partnership with the Tucker Summit CID and community partners have designed this five-minute online survey to identify current and future needs of DeKalb County employers. Your response to this important document will help us to identify the most critical training needs of businesses and the barriers, which they face in meeting those needs. We will then be able to design and offer relevant, responsive, and cost-effective training that overcomes the identified barriers.

We would deeply appreciate receiving your completed survey by our target due date of October 25, 2019. By working together, we can help to maintain and improve the economic health and well-being of DeKalb County.  

We look forward to hearing from you! Please click here to take the survey.

Keep Your Holiday Events in the District

The holidays are fast approaching and Tucker Summit CID is home to some of Atlanta’s best venues to host your event! Whether you need a casual or formal setting for family or corporate gathering, please consider contacting Stars and StrikesTucker Brewing Company or Stone Ridge Event Center for all your event needs.

The More You Know … “University in Tucker Reaches 55-plus Demographic

The Senior University of Greater Atlanta (SUGA), located at Rehoboth Baptist Church (RBC) on Lawrenceville Highway, has a strict admission policy — applicants must be 55 or older. Launched 40 years ago as part of Mercer University’s curriculum, SUGA has resided at RBC as a nonprofit the past four years.

More than 330 students take courses ranging from art, geology, history or health, with the curriculum changing over time to adapt to student interests. And the best part? No tests!

For more information on the SUGA classes and program, please read this Atlanta Journal-Constitution article.

CID Project Updates

  • Southern Care Lawn & Landscape arrived on the scene of a brush fire and immediately alerted the DeKalb Fire Department, which promptly extinguished the fire.
  • An existing 500-foot center turn lane on Mountain Industrial Boulevard will be converted to a raised median with two new street lights installed (as a continuation of the Georgia Power lighting project) that will also be landscaped and irrigated.
  • GDOT will partially fund the construction of double turn lanes north and south bound on Mountain Industrial Boulevard at Hugh Howell Road. The City of Tucker and the CID are currently discussing roles, responsibilities and funding to match the state’s construction commitment including the cost for engineering and utility relocation.
  • The CID and the City of Tucker are working through the details for the design of safety and operational improvements at the interchange of US Highway 78 and Mountain Industrial Boulevard. The GDOT has committed to funding 100 percent of the construction costs with the city and CID partnering on the associated design fees. The City Council is currently assessing the project and its interaction with the city’s transportation master plan.
  • The CID is also working with the Board of Education, Crespac and the City of Tucker in developing design plans for a shared entrance at the new Smoke Rise Elementary School on Flintstone Drive. Once all parties agree on the design, then the CID and the City will submit the required signal analysis and permitting to GDOT for a traffic signal at the school’s entrance. No specific timeline is available for a decision by GDOT on this request.

Tucker Summit CID has a new website! Please visit www.tuckersummitcid.com for news and updates and follow us on LinkedIn.

To have your business or event included in our next CID newsletter, please contact Emory Morsberger at 770-409-8100 or email emory@tuckersummitcid.com.