Solutions to be unveiled for PTC shopping centers

A variety of solutions to help Peachtree City’s village shopping centers will be presented Tuesday, Oct. 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 at City Hall.

The proposals are the result of a year-long study of the shopping centers undertaken by Georgia Tech, along with Peachtree City founder Joel Cowan, village center owners and members of the City Council, Planning Department, Planning Commission and the Development Authority of Peachtree City.

DAPC commissioned the study in 2009 as village centers faced several threats including the recession, high vacancy rates, increased retail competition from the Internet and also properties outside the city limits.

The goal of the study is to find ways to boost the impact of the village centers, which are the lifeblood of the plan implemented for Peachtree City.

DAPC is hoping the meeting “leads to a positive dialog regarding what can be done to foster Peachtree City’s economic success now and in the future.”

Citizens, business owners, elected officials and candidates running for office are invited to attend the presentation and discuss the proposed solutions. DAPC officials are making it clear that “political debate” will not be a part of the presentation.

The study was undertaken by several groups of Georgia Tech students who visited Peachtree City and used golf carts to get around. Many of their observations had to do with redirecting golf cart traffic in the shopping centers and also in creating more direct routes on the cart path.

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