This is a place to ask questions and give suggestions on the Towne Center Project.
Another person mentioned focusing on small businesses versus the big box retailers. Visited Denver recently and the local economy is booming there. Very few big box retailers and chains. They are very small business friendly and Snellville could learn a thing or two from this model. The town center would be a welcomed place-destination if done right. Snellville has enough big box anchored shopping plazas and strip plazas. I understand the big box anchor approach as a strategy to generating in traffic. However, if you target businesses that offer products and services that Snellville residents need and use daily; while creating an intentional synergy between businesses, I think we may have a shot. And, walkability should be a crucial element to the space. Currently, we have no walkable places to shop, dine, play in Snellville. All of our current destinations cater to the car and are not pedestrian friendly. Perhaps a mixed-use approach could work. Some recreational (pottery, painting, arts and crafts making business). Some office businesses that have daily traffic (dentist, physician, or government office). And retail of course. A mix of dining, snack/dessert, small grocer market offering local wares. Plenty of seating for people to gather. Maybe a fountain where families can bring their kids during warm months to play in the water (like centennial olympic park). Just a few ideas :)