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DNA identifies remains as Gwinnett County mother missing since 2017

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. (FOX 5 Atlanta) – DNA testing has confirmed that remains found in Clayton County are those of a Norcross mother missing for more than two years, authorities announced Friday. Beatriz Noemi Espinoza-Fuentes, 25, was reported missing on March 25, 2017. She was last seen at Hickory Grove Apartments and told family members she was leaving with her 3-year-old child. That same day, her child was found wandering on South Norcross Tucker Road near Norcross. RELATED: 3-year-old found wandering, Norcross mother missing The bodies of two homicide victims were found in Clayton County in the spring of 2017. Authorities said Friday that one of those victims is Espinoza-Fuentes and they are investigating the case as a possible kidnapping in Gwinnett County. Anyone with information about the case should call the Gwinnett County Police Department at 770-690-9496 or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS to remain anonymous. Tipsters with information that…

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Future of Gwinnett County and Northeast Atlanta

1) Gwinnett’s MARTA expansion referendum failed. What other transit solutions are being considered? 2) How can real estate professionals work together to reinvent Gwinnett’s office market? 3) How can developers attract diverse residents, like millennials, who perceive the urban city center as a more attractive place to work and live? 4) How can private and public entities alike combat company relocation out of Gwinnett? 5) There is an oversupply of malls in Gwinnett. What are the neighborhood’s top developers doing to redevelop them? Source Article

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Gwinnett Inspections: French Bistro Scores 72, Oysters Discarded

A Gwinnett restaurant scored 72 in their latest inspection when oysters had to be discarded. (Shutterstock) GWINNETT COUNTY, GA — Here are some restaurant and food service inspections conducted in Gwinnett County during the past few days. Click on the date for more info. Each item on an inspection form has a point value ranging from 1 to 9 points, with violations deducting points from a best possible score of 100. Higher points are taken for items with higher risk to cause illness, while repeat violations take even more points. Letter grades assigned are A for totals of 100 to 90 points, B for 89 to 80, C for 79 to 70, and U for less than 70. Because of the high quantity of restaurants in Gwinnett County, Patch runs restaurant inspection scores every two or three days. Last restaurant report: Gwinnett Inspections: Papa John’s Fails, Lack Of Manager Control…

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Large tree snaps in half, falls on Gwinnett apartment building

A tree fell on a Gwinnett County apartment building Friday morning as North Georgia woke up to heavy rain and severe thunderstorms. Authorities responded just after 5 a.m. to a report of a tree down on a building at the Columns at Peachtree Corners apartments in the 900 block of Concepts 21 Drive near Peachtree Corners, Gwinnett fire spokesman Capt. Tommy Rutledge said in a news release. Crews found a large pine tree that snapped in half and fell on part of the building and in the parking lot. Limbs from the tree penetrated the roof and wall of one apartment unit, he said. “Occupants were inside the apartment at the time the tree fell,” Rutledge said. “The tree penetrated the roof over the bedroom and part of the wall in the apartment unit directly below.” One person, an adult, was evaluated and released at the scene by paramedics for…

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Autonomous and connected vehicles, housing, public safety win in first ‘Georgia Smart’ challenge

Written by Colin Wood After announcing a new competition earlier this year designed to bring university and private sector resources together with local government to solve civic challenges, Georgia Institute of Technology has announced four winning projects this week centered around improving transportation, housing, and public safety. The Georgia Smart Communities Challenge, or shortened as Georgia Smart, was announced in February as a way for communities to address common challenges. The four winning communities announced Tuesday — Albany, Chamblee, Chatham County and Gwinnett County — give through their project proposals an idea of what organizers had in mind when they created the challenge as they prepare their one-year research projects. The city of Albany is partnering with other local governments to develop an automated housing registry to replace the city’s outdated and inefficient housing inventory that contains more than 33,000 entries. Through a project called the Albany Housing Data Analytics…

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Gwinnett ranked among Georgia’s five healthiest counties

James Brey Gwinnett County has been named one of Georgia’s five healthiest counties again, but its neighbor to the west, Forsyth County, has once again taken the title of being the healthiest place in the state. While Forsyth remains at the top, the second through fifth healthiest counties — Oconee, Cherokee, Fayette and Gwinnett — are also the same as last year’s in the newly released 2019 County Health Rankings. All five counties are suburban and in the northern half of the state. The annual County Health Rankings, released Tuesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, consider factors other than medical care, such as education, transportation, housing and poverty, that influence how long and how well people live. It’s the seventh straight year that Forsyth, northeast of Atlanta, has topped the rankings in the state. The five Georgia counties in the poorest…

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Residential developers plan 266 townhomes, 177 single-family homes in Gwinnett County – Atlanta Business Chronicle

Residential developers are planning 266 new townhomes and 177 single-family homes in Gwinnett County. In the largest of the new proposals, The Providence Group of Georgia LLC is proposing a 272-home traditional neighborhood development in Suwanee. The community would be developed on nearly 50 acres in the 3200 block of Suwanee Creek Road, southwest of the intersection of McGinnis Ferry Road and Interstate 85. It would include both 175 upscale townhomes and 97 single-family homes ranging from 1,800 square feet to 4,000 square feet, according to plans filed with the county. Enlarge Two of the possible home designs in The Providence Group of Georgia’s proposed 272-unit residential community on Suwanee Creek Road in Suwanee, Ga. "Included in this gated community will be a neighborhood swimming pool, open green spaces and pocket parks," the developer says. Providence has developed communities all over metro Atlanta, including Aberly Township and Centennial in North…

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Gwinnett residents set to mark Memorial Day with ceremonies, parade

A major event happening Monday is Gwinnett County’s annual Memorial Day Ceremony, which will take place at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center auditorium at 1 p.m. The memorial lists the names of Gwinnett residents who have died in combat in wars and military conflicts dating back to the War of 1812, as well as county employees who died in the line of duty and public safety officers who died while working for either Gwinnett or one of its cities. Navy Capt. Baron V. Reinhold will delivery the keynote address during the ceremony. Reinhold is the commanding officer and professor of Navy Science for the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps at Morehouse College and Georgia Tech. Residents who cannot attend the ceremony in person will be able to watch it on the TV Gwinnett channel, as well as the TV Gwinnett Live website, at 8 p.m. Monday. It will also…

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Oconee State Bank announces new Gwinnett County team

Oconee State Bank recently announced it hired, from left, Josh Osborne, Deborah Worley and Mike Fulton to work in its new Gwinnett County office. (Special Photo) Oconee State Bank announced this week that it has hired a team of lenders to build its presence in Gwinnett County, which it sees as a fast-growing market. Mike Fulton, Josh Osborne and Deborah Worley will work out of the bank’s new office in the Sugarloaf Parkway area near Duluth. Fulton and Osborne will be the Gwinnett County market leaders while Worley will be a commercial loan specialist. “At Oconee State, we are building around top people and exceptional talent, and the opportunity to have Mike, Josh and Deborah join us was too good to pass up,” Oconee State Bank President and CEO Neil Stevens said in a statement. “Gwinnett County is a community where we already have customers, is close to our geographic…

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Why Employers Call Gwinnett Place Home

On a brisk afternoon last January, Kaiser Permanente’s plan to bring 800 jobs to Gwinnett County moved closer to reality with the opening of its new facility at Gwinnett Place. Nearly 300 people have already been hired to work in Gwinnett, but company officials expect the national member services facility will be fully staffed by 2020. Kaiser Permanente’s presence within the boundaries of the Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District highlights the CID’s economic impact within Gwinnett County. While the CID only comprises 1% of the county’s land area, it is responsible for $9.5B in annual economic revenue. This economic success, combined with a growing inventory of Class-A offices and an increase in well-educated millennials, has caused the CID to become a hot spot for companies looking to capitalize on Gwinnett Place’s demographics and suburban location near Atlanta. The Gwinnett Place Area is among Gwinnett County’s densest employment centers, with an…