Popular Lawrenceville Restaurant Peachtree Cafe Reopens as SouthLawn Welcomes First Residents

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Thursday, February 13th, 2020

Peachtree Cafe, voted the best place for breakfast and lunch in Gwinnett County, has opened in its new home following a four month hiatus. Located in the new SouthLawn community, the address is 30 S. Clayton Street.

Along with the reopening of the popular cafe, the apartments at SouthLawn are also open and have welcomed their first residents, and Smith Douglas Homes has for-sale single family and townhomes under construction. SouthLawn is a $200 million mixed-use town center development in Lawrenceville master developed by George Berkow, Inc., just two blocks from the Historic Lawrenceville Square and adjacent to the Lawrenceville Lawn Park.

“SouthLawn is a vibrant destination that serves as an extension of downtown Lawrenceville and the surrounding community, including city hall and a future library,” said Jim Borders, President, Novare Group. “Everything about this master development has been done thoughtfully and purposefully by a first-rate partnership which includes the City of Lawrenceville, George Berkow Inc.,BCDC, ELV and Smith Douglas Homes. We are incredibly proud of this development.”

The two distinct apartment communities — Populus at SouthLawn and Conclave — have been developed by a joint-venture partnership between Novare Group, Batson-Cook Development Company (BCDC) and ELV.

Populus at SouthLawn features open breezeways, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, subway tile backsplash, walk-in closets and wood-like plank flooring It also has an abundance of market-leading amenities, including an elevated rooftop pool, in-ground resort-style pool, two clubrooms, state-of-the-art fitness center, oversized dog park, pet spa and multiple green spaces and pocket parks.

Conclave offers exclusive residences with enclosed conditioned corridors, quartz countertops, designer backsplash tile, matte black hardware and fixtures and upgraded flooring. It also features several additional luxury amenities, such as its own pool, fitness center, clubroom and business center.

The SouthLawn community is anchored by a central one-acre Town Green, which connects to the Lawrenceville Lawn to the north via an elegant streetscape. The Town Green is encircled by 23 detached single-family homes and 135 townhomes by Smith Douglas Homes.

Within walking distance of the historic downtown, SouthLawn is connected to a thriving commercial corridor. Many of the historic buildings have been converted into restaurants such as Dominick's, Universal Joint, McCray's Tavern, The Cornerstop Cafe, La Cazuela, Local Republic, Strange Taco, and Blue Rooster. Slow Pour Brewing Company is the city’s first brewery.

Downtown is also home to Aurora Theatre, the fastest growing professional theater in the state of Georgia. It is currently undergoing a $31 million expansion which will include a 56,000-square-foot arts center across North Clayton Street from the historic Gwinnett County Courthouse. It will serve as the epicenter of Lawrenceville’s arts community.

The city of Lawrenceville is currently working on a 2.2-mile linear park, dubbed the “college corridor,” which will connect Georgia Gwinnett College to the city’s downtown district. The project includes streetscapes, a two-lane roadway, multi-use trails, bike path, roundabouts and landscaping. SouthLawn has direct access to the trail, creating an Atlanta BeltLine-like asset for the community.