Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson outlines plans to move Lawrenceville forward in State of the City address

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Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson outlines plans to move Lawrenceville forward in State of the City address

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Lawrenceville Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson outlines progress that is expected to be made this year on several projects going on in the city during her State of the City address Monday night. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

Lawrenceville Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson promised residents that Gwinnett’s county seat will be many things, and do many things, in 2018 to build for the city’s future.

With a theme of Lawrenceville Forward, Johnson laid out the town’s plans for the next 12 months during her State of the City address at City Hall on Monday. She highlighted what the city aspires to be, pledging that the projects slated to be worked on this year will transform the county seat as it helps celebrate Gwinnett County’s 200th birthday.

“We will enhance community engagement and feature events at the square and on the lawn,” Johnson said. “We will open more businesses in our downtown and support industry growth as Gwinnett Medical Center merges with Northside Hospital to strengthen the heartbeat of health care for greater Gwinnett.

Much of the other major activity taking place in Lawrenceville this year is expected to entail making progress on projects announced last year.

Johnson said the city will also update its comprehensive plan and work on rewriting its ordinances.

One big project that residents who travel through downtown Lawrenceville won’t be able to avoid this year will be the conversion of Perry and Clayton Streets to two-way roads. While those roads are already two-way corridors north of the square, the project will focus on converting them through the square and south of it.

Another big project coming up this year is the development and unveiling of designs for the expansion of the Aurora Theatre in downtown Lawrenceville. The theater has been working with the city on the project, which is expected to cost about $22 million, for a while, but much of the attention last year went to other big projects whose designs were announced in 2017.

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