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Vickery Village Center, located in Cumming, Georgia, serves as the heart of a new traditional neighborhood. Through the combined design of TSW and DPZ, the project was completed in 2008 and generated a successful, community-based retail center that currently accommodates 42 businesses.
The Vickery Village Center houses many spaces including retail shops, office space, civic and residential space, as well as gathering areas. One of its most notable inclusions is a YMCA that has a fitness center, aquatics center, basketball courts and meeting rooms. An informal amphitheater serves as an outdoor gathering space suitable for community events.
Vickery Village Center, the community’s “hub”, provides a buffer between the busy Post Road and surrounding residential areas. Only a short walking distance from a large portion of the neighborhood’s residents, the village center attracts foot traffic from locals in addition to visitors and tourists. Inside the village center, the architecture has a “main street” feel, that gives the space a charming feel.
Outside the village center, the residential Vickery community spans 210 acres. With approximately 70 of those acres reserved for wetlands, parks and green spaces, Vickery promotes walkability both within the residential community and to and from the village center. DPZ writes that the function of Vickery “is that man and nature can co-exist to their mutual benefit.”
Vickery Village Center provides residents with a conveniently located space that accommodates urban necessities. In the past decade, it appears this mixed-use development has evolved into a vibrant community.
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