The Incorporation Movement, New Cities, and the Need for a Community Destination: New Cities incorporate across the United States every year, and in recent years the Atlanta Metro Area has seen a trend towards cityhood. Since the mid 2000’s there have been 10 newly established cities. When Peachtree Corners incorporated in 2012, City leadership recognized the need for a Town Center. This new center would be a place for the community to come together, play, relax, and connect. To fully realize the potential of this vision, the city would need to develop a livable and walkable center, reminiscent of the downtowns in older and more established cities throughout Georgia.
In 2018, the newly established 27-acre Peachtree Corners Town Center became the answer to the City’s needs. The new development is an attractive mixed-use environment with commercial and residential. But it’s the combination of open space, event amenities, and the relationship of the brick and mortar development to park space that creates a thriving atmosphere that attracts residents, businesses or visitors. At the heart of it all is the Town Green: an enduring, memorable 2-acre public green space, unique to the area for its offering of flexible outdoor spaces, community events and activities.
“The Town Green was designed to be a gathering place for our city, a place where families and friends could come to enjoy an outdoor concert, to dine outside, to watch an outdoor movie or a live concert. Since its opening in April 2019, it has been embraced by the community and has exceeded all our expectations. It has indeed become the place, we hoped it would be, a family-friendly place where our citizens can make memories.” -Mayor of Peachtree Corners, Mike Mason
The park’s array of programming, which includes a stage, playable art, covered pavilions, water features, trails, and a veteran’s monument among other things, is a magnet for local and metro area visitors. The Town Green has been a catalyst for the realization of surrounding development and growth of the community. This success has fueled continued growth and development in the area, with near-term plans including 70 townhomes, 169 luxury apartments, a 110-room boutique hotel, and a 9,000-square-foot retail building.