Revitalized County Seat of Gwinnett
Lawrenceville is the 2nd oldest city in the metro Atlanta area and serves as the county seat of Gwinnett. The city was incorporated in 1821 and in fact, the original courthouse on the square still stands. It was constructed in 1885 and is now a popular spot for weddings, proms, and other special events.
Lawrenceville has a vibrant downtown, with upscale dining options (like our favorite, Local Republic), a variety of shops, and the local Aurora Theatre, Gwinnett's only professional theatre that features a robust calendar of performances throughout the year. Lawrenceville is also home to Georgia Gwinnett College, a state-of-the-art hospital, and even the Atlanta Braves' AAA baseball team!
Convenience is one of Lawrenceville's perks, with the city being centrally-located to the rest of the county. With close proximity to both Hwy 316 and I-85, Lawrenceville is popular among commuters.
In late 2017, Lawrenceville also announced two major projects that will further transform the community. The College Corridor Project will help make Lawrenceville a true college town. Plans are underway for a 2.2-mile linear park that will connect Georgia Gwinnett College with the city's Downtown District. This $30 million project includes plans for a two-lane road, multi-use trails, bike paths, roundabouts, and landscaping features.
The city has also revealed plans for a $200 million Downtown Development Project. This mixed-use, urban-style development project will span 32-acres of property in the city’s Downtown District. According to the City of Lawrenceville, "The South Lawn project, slated to be the largest redevelopment project in Gwinnett, will infuse the already well known and frequented Historic Downtown with over 600 residential living units, more than 15,000 sq-ft of retail space, connect City Hall and the Police Station with the increasingly popular Lawrenceville Lawn and create a comprehensive walkable environment straight down to the Lawrenceville Square. Housing options will range from urban-style three- and four-story apartments and townhomes to single-family detached cluster houses and an age-targeted facility." Gwinnett County Public Library also has plans to restore a historic school in the area and to install a new Lawrenceville branch library to be positioned among the new development.
In addition to the various development projects, Lawrenceville boasts excellent parks, schools, and entertainment options. Lawrenceville has it all!
Did You Know?
Lawrenceville is named after Commodore James Lawrence, commander of the frigate Chesapeake during the War of 1812. Lawrence, a native of New Jersey, is probably best known today for his dying command, "Don't give up the ship!" William Maltbie, the town's first postmaster, suggested the name of "Lawrenceville."
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Updated: 19th September, 2019 5:00 PM.