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Peachtree Corners is a city in Gwinnett County, Georgia, United States. It is part of the Atlanta metropolitan area, and is the largest city in Gwinnett County with an estimated population of 43,905 in 2019. The city is bordered to the north and west by the Chattahoochee River and is located east of Dunwoody. Peachtree Corners is the only Atlanta northern suburb developed as a planned community. Peachtree Corners has earned the designation as a top ten best suburb, and one of the best places to live, in the entire State of Georgia for its education quality, low crime rate, cost of living, employment, access to amenities, and overall top-notch livability, as well as a designation as a best Atlanta suburb for families, millennials, and professionals.

History




Settlement


Prior to 1818, the western corner of what became Gwinnett County was Creek and Cherokee Indian Territory, and it was illegal for white families to settle there. Nevertheless, there were several families of white squatters in the area before settlement was legalized, including Isham Medlock, whose name is lent to Medlock Bridge Road. In the early 1800s a road was built along a Native American trail from what is now Buford, past what is now Peachtree Corners, to what is now Atlanta. A small farming community, known as "Pinckneyville," grew up along that road. By 1827, the community was home to the second school in Gwinnett County, the Washington Academy, founded on what is now Spalding Drive. The area was also home to a post office, saloon, blacksmith shop, carpenter shop and inn; however, the prosperity of Pinckneyville was to be short-lived. In 1870, a railroad was built through neighboring Norcross, and due to the heavy trading that could be done via the railroad, all of the area's businesses and many residents moved from Pinckneyville to Norcross.


Urban development


For the next century, the area remained a rural farming community. In the late 1960s, Paul Duke developed the idea of creating Peachtree Corners, a planned community to be constructed in the area that was once known as Pinckneyville. In 1967, Duke initiated the planning of the office component of Peachtree Corners, Technology Park Atlanta, a campus for high technology industries that could benefit from employing engineers and business people graduating from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), the University of Georgia, and other universities with technology and business schools. As a member of the Georgia Tech National Advisory Board, he raised $1.7 million to develop the business center. Initial residents of the technology park included GE, Scientific Atlanta (now part of Cisco Systems), and Hayes Microcomputer Products. In 1968, Duke established Peachtree Corners, Inc., a development corporation for the residential parts of the community. During the 1970s, Jim Cowart began to develop the neighborhoods that Duke had planned. Initial neighborhoods developed by Cowart included Peachtree Station, Chattahoochee Station, and Spalding Corners. During this period, Cowart developed more upscale housing and laid more sewer pipes than the rest of Gwinnett County.


Incorporation


The United Peachtree Corners Civic Association (UPCCA), an umbrella group of neighborhood homeowners' associations, was formed in 1993 in response to land use and development concerns in the area. Despite the efforts of the UPCCA, some development opposed by the UPCCA continued in Peachtree Corners throughout the 1990s; therefore, in 1999, the idea of incorporating Peachtree Corners was first proposed.Elliott Brack, "Complex requirements obstruct cityhood", ''The Atlanta Journal-Constitution'', March 7, 1999. Nonetheless, due to the complexity of existing law, an incorporation movement did not then materialize. A city of Peachtree Corners was again proposed by the UPCCA in 2005, but efforts were abandoned after a straw survey of some residents seemed to indicate that the majority did not support incorporation. In 2010 the UPCCA again pursued the incorporation of Peachtree Corners after a failed attempt by the city of Norcross to annex a portion of Technology Park Atlanta. In a referendum held on November 8, 2011, residents of Peachtree Corners voted to incorporate as Gwinnett County's 16th city, and, with a population of 43,059, it became the county's largest. Municipal operations began on July 1, 2012.

Geography

Peachtree Corners is located in the western corner of Gwinnett County, 21 miles (33 km) from downtown Atlanta. Seven miles of the Chattahoochee River define the northern and western border of Peachtree Corners, and it is bordered by the cities of Dunwoody, Doraville, and Sandy Springs (DeKalb and Fulton counties) on the west, Buford Highway and Norcross city limits on the south, Roswell and Johns Creek (both in Fulton County) across the Chattahoochee River on the north, and the city limits of Berkeley Lake and Duluth on the east.

Demographics

Since Peachtree Corners was not a city or a census-designated place at the time, no demographic data is available for the city from the 2010 U.S. Census. However, the city contains ZIP code 30092, which in 2017 had an average adjusted gross income (AGI) of $69,905 per household. The median home price in 2017 for Peachtree Corners was $325,000. As of 2017, Peachtree Corners was 60.2% White American, 23.3% African American, 9.6% Asian American, and 2.5% two or more races. Hispanic Americans of any race made up 14% of the population. Those living in the same house more than one year were 86.9% of the population, an average of 2.62 persons lived in each household, of the population 94.1% had a high school diploma or higher, 52.6% had a Bachelor's degree or higher with 19% of the population having a Master's degree or higher, and, not counting library or school supplied computers, 96.5% of the population or above had home computers. ZIP Code 30092 had a population of 38,008 at the 2010 census; however, with parts of ZIP Codes 30071, 30096, 30097, and 30360 being within the city limits of Peachtree Corners, the estimated population of the city was 43,509 in 2017 with a population increase of 14.5% from 2010.

Economy

The economy of Peachtree Corners is largely driven by the concentration of businesses in planned office parks, particularly engineering firms, logistics organizations and information technology companies. In October 2014, United Arab Shipping Company relocated its North American Headquarters to Peachtree Corners. The company purchased a 50,000 square foot office building on Spalding Drive for logistics, accounting and customer service operations. In 2017 it merged with Hapag-Lloyd, and is keeping its headquarters in Peachtree Corners and will invest $5.5 million to expand its offices. In May 2016, Comcast Corporation, the American global telecommunications conglomerate and owner of Xfinity and NBCUniversal, relocated its Southeast Headquarters to the Wells Building, a 10-story office building in Peachtree Corners. Some other businesses including Fortune 500 companies CarMax and Mass Mutual as well as Honeywell, Sprint Corporation, Siemens Industry Automation, Soliant Health, Fleetcor, Crawford & Company, ASHRAE, ACI Worldwide, and CMD Group are among the over 2,300 businesses currently calling Peachtree Corners home. ASHRAE's world headquarters will move to Technology Park, with the company investing $15.7 million in its Peachtree Corners world location. The Harlem Globetrotters are headquartered in Peachtree Corners as well as the Southern Section of the United States Tennis Association (USTA). Funded by the city, Peachtree Corners has produced a non-profit business incubator affiliated with the Technology Development Center at Georgia Tech as part of Curiosity Lab, which provides for software and hardware technology startups, providing these companies with the support they need to launch new products and grow. In addition, a 5G incubator is located in a 500-acre smart city technology park in the city. The facility features a 25,000 square foot Innovation Center and 3-mile autonomous vehicle test track and provides developers the ability to build and test such things as autonomous vehicles, robotics, industrial drone applications, mixed reality training and entertainment, remote medical care, personal health and fitness wearables, and other technologies.

Arts and culture

Annually, Peachtree Corners' "Art on the Chattahoochee" is held along the picturesque banks of the Chattahoochee River at Jones Bridge Park that attracts thousands of visitors who peruse the work of outstanding artists. Also featured are live demonstrations and performing arts including solo, acoustic and group performances, as well as a Budding Artist Kid's Zone with free activities including craft stations, spin and chalk art, and food and refreshments. Other annual events include the "Peachtree Corners Festival" and the "Holiday Glow on the Town Green." The holiday evening event features live choral performances, the Holiday Glow in the Corners Parade, and the lighting of the great tree. The Gwinnett County Public Library system operates the Peachtree Corners branch in Peachtree Corners.Hours & Locations
." Gwinnett County Public Library. Retrieved on February 24, 2010.


Parks and recreation

Peachtree Corners has multiple parks including the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area along the Chattahoochee River, the Medlock Bridge Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area with river access, the 12 acre Holcomb Bridge Park overlooking the river and having improvements including an amphitheater, the 30 acre Jones Bridge Park with pavilions, a community building, soccer fields, other enhancements, and river frontage, as well as the 93 acre multiple amenity Pinckneyville Park. The 227-acre (918,636.41 m2) Simpsonwood Park has 2,140 linear feet (652.27 m) of river frontage along the Chattahoochee River. Peachtree Corners is home to the headquarters for the Southern Section of the United States Tennis Association (USTA). Many neighborhoods have swimming, exercise, garden, clubhouse, and tennis facilities, and the public membership Life Time Athletic and Tennis - Peachtree Corners has indoor and outdoor tennis courts including a tennis stadium, fitness accommodations, indoor and outdoor pools, classes, programs, and other amenities. Peachtree Corners has several membership fitness centers in addition to the Robert D. Fowler Family YMCA, as well as a multi-lane bowling center and restaurant. There are many nearby golf clubs, some with restaurants, bars, fitness centers, swimming pools, reception rooms, and/or accommodations. Peachtree Corners has an outdoor mall, The Forum on Peachtree Parkway, with multiple restaurants and boutique shops. The Peachtree Corners Town Center, which is on the other side of Peachtree Parkway across from The Forum, also has multiple restaurants, as well as a movie theater, an amphitheater, a 2,500-square-foot Veterans Monument organized by the Peachtree Corners Veterans Monument Association, and the Town Green. The $103 million project was developed in a partnership between the city government of Peachtree Corners and Fuqua Development. A thrust arch style 14-foot wide walkway pedestrian bridge crossing Peachtree Parkway features two elevators and two sets of stairs and connects the Town Center and The Forum. The bridge also connects to a trail along the stream that is adjacent to the Town Center that is part of the Corners Connector Trail system, which system provides passage to trails along Peachtree Corners Circle and Medlock Bridge Road as well as to paths that stretch north to the city of Duluth and beyond.

Government

The City of Peachtree Corners was incorporated on July 1, 2012, and provides many services. These include land-use planning, zoning, infrastructure maintenance and improvements, capital improvements, other public works, zoning enforcement, promulgation of building and environmental ordinances, business licensing and enforcement of them, and solid waste collection, among others. Peachtree Corners has a Council-Manager form of government. The city is governed by a mayor and six city council members which are elected to four-year terms. The city employees Peachtree Corners has in charge of day-to-day operations include a city manager, city clerk, and the community development director. The city also has code enforcement personnel, building officials, and department directors. Departments in the city include Communications, Community Development, Finance, Downtown Development Authority, and Public Works. The city has its own municipal court and employs a city attorney. The city is authorized to collect property taxes of up to one millage a year, though the city has thus far operated only on business license, franchise and other fees without levying any property taxes. Because of this, Peachtree Corners has lower county taxes than unincorporated Gwinnett County. SPLOST, Georgia Department of Transportation and federal grant dollars contribute to the funding of capital projects.

City Council



Education

Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) serves Peachtree Corners through Duluth High School, Norcross High School (the only GCPS school with a IB Diploma Programme), Paul Duke STEM High School, McClure Health Science High School, Duluth Middle School, Pinckneyville Middle School, Simpson Elementary School, Peachtree Elementary School, and Berkeley Lake Elementary School. Wesleyan School (K-12th grade) and Cornerstone Christian Academy (K-8th grade) are private schools located in Peachtree Corners.Peachtree Corners Schools
" United Peachtree Corners Civic Association. Saturday January 6, 2007. Retrieved on February 24, 2010.
A charter school
International Charter Academy of Georgia
opened in 2018 for K-5th grade. The new charter school has a bilingual English and Japanese education program. The Gwinnett County Public Library system operates the Peachtree Corners branch in Peachtree Corners.

Media

As part of the Metro Atlanta area, the city's primary network-affiliated television stations are WXIA-TV (NBC), WGCL-TV (CBS), WSB-TV (ABC), and WAGA-TV (Fox). There are seven additional local stations that are accessible over the air without the need of cable, etc. access. The city also is served by WGTV and WPBA, which are PBS member stations, with WGTV being the flagship station of the statewide Georgia Public Television network. Several TV services provide Peachtree Corners with cable, DSL, fiber and satellite TV broadcasts and Internet including AT&T U-verse/DIRECTV, Charter/Spectrum, Comcast/Xfinity, and DISH Network. Additionally, there are approximately 23 business Internet providers for Peachtree Corners. The city is served by approximately 50 radio stations and by two daily newspapers, the ''Atlanta Journal-Constitution'' and the ''Gwinnett Daily Post'', with the ''Daily Post'' being Gwinnett County's legal organ. Peachtree Corners has a website that supplies information about the city and where residents can subscribe to emails that regularly supply information to them. The city publishes a bimonthly feature magazine, ''Peachtree Corners Magazine'', available online, that informs readers about new city events and discusses topics related to the city. It is mailed to residents for free, and is also distributed to multiple points around the city. The city also publishes the ''Peachtree Corners Business Newsletter'' a monthly business newsletter to promote 2-way communication between the city and its business community.Putnam, Judy.
City of Peachtree Corners Receives Silver Award for its Business Newsletter
" ''Peachtree Corners News''. November 16, 2020. Retrieved on December 15, 2020.
The former site of BJ's Wholesale Club was used as the set of the 2012 movie “The Watch” starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, and Jonah Hill. A home on Fitzpatrick Way in Peachtree Corners was used as a filming location for the 2015 movie “Barely Lethal” starring Sophie Turner, Jessica Alba, and Samuel L. Jackson. The film used Simpsonwood Park as the staging area.

Infrastructure



Transportation



Roads

Peachtree Corners is in proximity to many major highways in Metro Atlanta, such as I-285, I-85, GA 316, and GA 400. The city is approximately 21 miles (33 km) northeast of downtown Atlanta. A number of collector roads distribute traffic around the city, including GA 141 (Peachtree Parkway/Medlock Bridge Road), GA 140 (Holcomb Bridge Road), Peachtree Corners Circle, Spalding Drive and Peachtree Industrial Boulevard.

Electric Vehicle and Infrastructure Support

Peachtree Corners has implemented support for electric vehicles having installed one of the State of Georgia's largest electric vehicle charging facilities that provides charging without cost to users, and installing the country's first roadway surface solar panel system to support it, with plans for further expansion of roadway solar power collection and charging facilities and including solar power for existing infrastructure across the city by installing other types of panels that may include sidewalk, bike lane, and other surface collectors.Yeomans, Curt.
Peachtree Corners opening one of Georgia's largest electric vehicle charging facilities
" ''Gwinnett Daily Post''. December 8, 2020. Retrieved on December 15, 2020.
Staff Reports.

" ''Gwinnett Daily Post''. December 14, 2020. Retrieved on December 15, 2020.


Transit

Gwinnett County Transit serves the city. The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA)'s Doraville Rapid Rail Station is approximately 5.7 miles (9 km) from Peachtree Corners, while the Chamblee Rapid Rail Station is approximately 9.3 miles (14.9 km) away. MARTA provides rapid heavy rail service and connecting services to Atlanta, Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and other points north, south, east and west. The city has also produced an operating autonomous shuttle.

Airports

Peachtree–DeKalb Airport is a county-owned, public-use airport approximately 7.9 miles (13 km) from Peachtree Corners. Gwinnett County Airport is a municipal airport located about 18 miles (29 km) from the city. Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which is a major passenger hub for domestic and international travelers, is located 29 miles (46 km) south of Peachtree Corners. It is accessible by I-85, I-285, and MARTA.

Pedestrians and cycling

The Western Gwinnett Bikeway is a multi-use trail along Peachtree Industrial Boulevard. It is a shared use path, cycle track, and bike lane connecting to neighboring Duluth and Norcross. Peachtree Corners has been adding additional sidewalks and safety upgrades for pedestrians, thus far adding many miles of sidewalks, additional pedestrian safety crossings, and adding 175 street lights, all designed to make the city more walkable, safer and more connected. The city also has a 14-foot wide walkway arch truss pedestrian bridge with elevators and stairs over S.R. 141 (Peachtree Parkway) for pedestrians walking between The Forum and the Town Center. The city is also adding to a multi-use trail system (the Corners Connector Trail system) that crisscrosses the city linking office parks, restaurants, retail centers, the new town center and surrounding neighborhoods. In addition, the city has launched the world's first fleet of shared E-scooters with teleoperated repositioning.

Software

Peachtree Corners has its own smartphone app, "CornersConnect", for the use of citizens and visitors to keep up with events, dining, entertainment, public parks, bus routes, city information, and news, and to help users pay their water bill, county property taxes, to register to vote, and to photograph and report areas that need improvement across the city.

Awards and initiatives

Peachtree Corners has earned the designation as a top ten best suburb, and one of the best places to live, in the entire State of Georgia for its education quality, low crime rate, cost of living, employment, access to amenities, and overall top-notch livability, as well as a designation as a best Atlanta suburb for families, millennials, and professionals. Peachtree Corners has earned a "City of Ethics" Designation. The city received the Green Communities Certification, has been awarded as the Green Government of the Year, and for the fourth consecutive year was honored as one of the state's “Tree City USA” communities by the Arbor Day Foundation. The award recognizes the city's commitment for caring for and managing its trees. Peachtree Corners government has again received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, the highest honor for governmental accounting and financial reporting, as well as, for the second straight year, the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, both from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) honored the city with the gold award for its Town Center project in the category of Public-Private Partnerships as well as the silver award for its Peachtree Corners Business Newsletter in the Magazine and Newsletter category as part of IEDC's Excellence in Economic Development Awards Program. Judged by a diverse panel of economic and community developers from around the world, IEDC's Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world's best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and influential leaders. The City of Peachtree Corners received a Smart 50 Award as one of the top 50 cities worldwide delivering innovative and influential municipal projects. Peachtree Corners' innovative efforts include being the first in the United States to create a specially designed track for autonomous vehicle and smart city research. A 5G enabled 1.5-mile Advanced Vehicle Lanes Laboratory, a state-of-the-art test area for developing and demonstrating self-driving shuttles and other autonomous vehicles, made its debut in September 2019. Already the city has produced an operating autonomous shuttle and launched the world's first fleet of shared E-scooters with teleoperated repositioning. The laboratory is part of the city's Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners created for the development, testing and perfection of all kinds of Smart City Technologies. The Curiosity Lab won the Transportation Project of the Year in International Data Group’s Smart Cities North America Awards (SCNAA). Thus far partnerships for the Curiosity Lab have been signed with Cisco Systems, Sprint, Georgia Power, Delta Air Lines and Georgia Tech. The City signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the government of Taiwan to work together on Smart City and Autonomous Vehicle technologies and the city sent a trade delegation to Canada to discuss potential demonstrations of Curiosity Lab for Canadian tech companies.

Notable people

*David Andrews, NFL football player with the New England Patriots. * Scott Hilton - American banker and politician. *Chandler Massey, actor (''Days of Our Lives''); received the 2012, 2013, and 2014 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series. In 2012, Massey became the first actor ever to receive a Daytime Emmy Award for playing a gay character. *James Ramsey, Major League Baseball player with the Los Angeles Dodgers. *Trey Thompkins, basketball player formerly with Los Angeles Clippers. *Brice Butler, NFL wide receiver with the Dallas Cowboys. *Jodie Meeks, NBA shooting guard with the Washington Wizards.

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