Source: NorthFulton.com

YEAR IN REVIEW: Alpharetta moves forward with City Center
‘Generational project’ to change downtown

by JONATHAN COPSEY

December 31, 2012

ALPHARETTA, Ga. – The Alpharetta City Center project received a unanimous vote of approval Sept. 10 from the Alpharetta City Council, giving the nod to move forward.

Mayor David Belle Isle was not coy about how important the City Center was for Alpharetta, not just in the short term, but looking years ahead.

“This is a generational project,” he said.

A series of extensive public hearings were held by the city in an effort to assuage citizen concerns about the plans changing from what was approved on the November ballot. The final approval of the design of the city hall came in late December.

The $29 million, 26-acre project dramatically changes the face of downtown. A new city hall will be built first, joined by a 0.89-acre town green, a 5-acre park and a 450-spot parking deck. Eventually, units of retail development will also be included. Fulton County will build a library next to the park on a 3-acre site donated by the city.

The plan was improved upon since the initial referendum in November, which garnered roughly 70 percent of the vote. The park increased in size, and side streets were added that now crisscross the development. The parking deck was rotated 90 degrees to place it closer to the city hall and to save a large specimen tree.

The Fulton County Library System is in charge of the library, and no plans have yet been submitted to the city. They will have to fit it within the allotted 3 acres.

Councilman Donald Mitchell could hardly contain his enthusiasm after the vote.

“It’s a great plan,” he said. “Let’s get this party started.”