As the city of Peachtree Corners undergoes a variety of changes, the Wesleyan community has the opportunity to be a part of various new developments. Wesleyan has been a part of Peachtree Corners (formerly known as Norcross) since it moved to the campus on Spalding Drive years ago. The relationship between the school and the rest of the community has been productive and healthy, and all signs show that Wesleyan will continue to thrive within Peachtree Corners as the city continues to grow.
Among the many changes going on in the community surrounding Wesleyan are new construction on a town center, new gateways and signage distinguishing Peachtree Corners from surrounding areas in Gwinnett County and new developments and updates to Technology Parkway.
The new Town Center has drawn the attention of many Peachtree Corners residents as work has begun cutting down trees next to Peachtree Parkway across from the Forum. Construction on the town center is expected to reach completion in 2017, making way for new businesses, retailers, restaurants and the like.
In addition to the Forum and other shopping centers in the area, the Town Center will not only benefit the community economically by creating jobs and space for new businesses, but it will also serve as a gathering place for citizens of Peachtree Corners. The Town Center will neighbor Sprouts Farmers Market as well as a new restaurant opening across the street, Noble Fin.
Noble Fin is a fine dining experience by Jay Swift and is expected to open this Spring. This new restaurant will serve seafood and steak, and is locally owned and operated. Jay Swift is also the chef and owner of the highly successful 4thandSwift in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward neighborhood, so expectations are high for Noble Fin. Both the Town Center and Noble Fin are located within one mile of Wesleyan.
Technology Parkway is also right across the street from Wesleyan, and is experiencing several new developments as well. According to Peachtree Corners Director of Development, Diana Wheeler, “the city has put a focus on revitalizing Technology Park as Peachtree Corners was founded on the concept of keeping technology as a major driving force for jobs and industry.”
Wheeler also told the Green and Gold that due to Wesleyan’s involvement in the Peachtree Corners community, it is being considered as the host site for a Maker Fair Festival coming up in the next year or so. This festival would be an opportunity for local individual innovators to highlight their products, skills, services and ideas. Having Wesleyan as the host site would also provide students with a chance to be involved as a learning experience. Developments to Technology Parkway and events like the Maker Fair Festival are great opportunities for growth in Peachtree Corners and at Wesleyan.
Wesleyan’s location has opened the door to a mutually beneficial relationship with its surrounding city. “Wesleyan is one of Peachtree Corners’ most important amenities because it is a strong community and the gold standard of quality education,” said Wheeler. As Wesleyan and Peachtree Corners continue to grow and develop, they support each other by drawing new residents, businesses and prospective students.