Barring a star turn in the latest season of the hit Netflix show ‘Stranger Things,’ Gwinnett Place Mall in Duluth has been on the decline for the past decade and a half, with most of its stores closing down and those remaining run-down and avoided by most locals. Thanks to a partnership with the Gwinnett Place CID, the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners last week approved the Urban Redevelopment Agency of Gwinnett County’s (URA) purchase of 39 acres at the mall for $23 million. The plan is to redevelop the mall, adding in transit, office space, apartments, and more retail to make it a destination in Gwinnett. District 1 Commissioner Jace Brooks says it “has the potential to change the entire trajectory of that area of the county.” County officials and business leaders alike are on board for the project, which will now enter a planning stage that will set a new vision for the property.
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