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Apartments & Baseball in Gwinnett?

Remember all the excitement that surrounded the advent of Coolray Field, the new minor league Braves stadium in Gwinnett that opened in 2009 and was to anchor a massive mixed-use complex up there in Buford? Not surprisingly, the real estate crash seriously hindered the development plans for the complex, specifically the retail. Well now the developers want to build- guess what?- more apartments on the site. And some Gwinnett stakeholders aren't particularly enthused. But hell, why not? Would you rather have dirt or empty retail, or occupied apartments contributing to the tax base? And increased residential density could help bring commercial development along in the end. It's a long game, this real estate thing. [AJC]