City/County agreement improves county seat
(Lawrenceville, Ga., Oct. 14, 2014) – County commissioners Tuesday signed off on a three-pronged agreement with the city of Lawrenceville covering Rhodes Jordan Park, the site of old county government offices and a Pike Street parking lot.
The agreement amends and renews a 50-year lease for a major portion of Rhodes Jordan Park. Gwinnett County has operated and maintained the former city park since 1991, making significant improvements while county and city officials acquired more land to expand the park.
Gwinnett also agreed to sell 4.87 acres at 240 Oak Street to the city for $982,000. It was the site of the original Lawrenceville High School built in 1948, which later housed county administration until 1988 when the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center was completed. The buildings were demolished in 2011.
A parking lot on Pike Street will continue to be available for downtown parking after the County agreed to the city’s request for a 50-year, no-cost lease.
“Gwinnett County has a long-lasting, positive relationship with our County seat,” said Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash. “This intergovernmental agreement with the city of Lawrenceville reflects our joint commitment to work together and use these public resources in the best interests of our residents.”
“The city of Lawrenceville and Gwinnett County recognize the importance of collaboration in revitalization and community enhancement efforts,” said Lawrenceville Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson. “We are grateful to Gwinnett for its partnership through this agreement to further support economic growth and a strong sense of place in Gwinnett’s county seat.”