MILTON, Ga. — Crabapple Market’s footprint in the downtown area could soon expand with new construction phases coming down the pipeline and a potential addition to The Green adjacent to City Hall. Work could also begin soon on additional townhomes in the area.
At its June 4 meeting, the Milton Design Review Board approved a final review for a land disturbance permit for Crabapple Market Phase 4, the architecture of Braeburn Townhomes Phase 3 and an outdoor canopy for a Crabapple Market building.
The fourth phase of Crabapple Market will be constructed on the property east of The Green where utility connections are already in place.
As proposed, the phase calls for constructing two, mixed-use buildings with residential spaces above commercial on the first floor. The buildings would be separated by a walking path.
City Architect Bob Buscemi said the site’s final architecture has not been finalized, but the board approved its review for a land disturbance permit contingent on the architecture meeting the city’s requirements.
Adjacent to the new Crabapple Market buildings will be the third phase of Braeburn Townhomes, which will include nine homes along Heritage Walk.
Board members commended the applicant, Folia Group, on its updates to the plan after it was deferred last month. The townhomes will feature Greek revival architecture and multiple outdoor living spaces.
The board also approved a request for a trellis canopy on Building E of Crabapple Market, which houses Laurel and May and Purpose Snackery, to serve as an outdoor dining space.
While three projects in Crabapple will move forward, an amphitheater proposed on The Green will go back to the drawing board.
The plan called for a raised stage flanked by two closed rooms for storage and as a staging area facing away from City Hall. The design called for a canopy over the stage supported by metal rods attached to five large piers in the rear.
Board members said the design did not fit into the area or provide a “gentle” transition from Crabapple Market to City Hall.
Another concern was the closed rooms on the sides of the stage taking away from the openness expected from an amphitheater. The applicant, Orkin and Associates, said the plan was designed for sound control. Board members also suggested lighting for evening performances be included in the plan.
The board voted unanimously to defer the plan to its next meeting.
Outside of Downtown Crabapple, the board approved its final review for a land disturbance permit requested for a 2,000-square foot expansion of the Aldi supermarket on Ga. 9 in the Target shopping center.
The building was constructed prior to development codes now applied to the area, but Buscemi said the applicant is working with the city to create an updated architectural design.