First elected in 2009, Kennedy said he hopes to see through a number of initiatives that the city has begun during his first term.
“Certainly bringing the city center project to fruition is a highlight. Once the first phase is completed next summer, I think the citizens are going to love the additional green space and overall better look and feel of the downtown area. As we develop the shopping and dining choices over time, it will only enhance the downtown experience that the citizens of Alpharetta have been seeking for many years,” he said.
Kennedy also said he is eager to see the Avalon project begin to take shape after years of looking at the failed Prospect Park site at Old Milton and Ga. 400. Once the Avalon site was bought out of bankruptcy by North American Properties, the city was able to complete construction of the final stretch of Westside Parkway. The final section of Westside Parkway was opened to traffic one year ago this week. Kennedy also cited the council’s creation of the Alpharetta Technology Commission and their enhanced funding and support for the city’s economic development program.
“A healthy, growing local economy and balanced tax based are crucial to keeping taxes low while providing high quality services such as police and fire protection, parks and recreation programs and road maintenance,” Kennedy said.
Kennedy said the council is aware of the challenges to mobility throughout the city, and they are currently examining options for significant transportation improvements — both for pedestrians and vehicles — along Rucker Road, Highway 9 and the Windward Parkway corridor.
“We realize that prosperity brings its own set of challenges. We are facing those challenges head-on and developing a proactive, yet cost-effective plan to deal with them. This is not a council that is going to kick the can down the road and hope someone else will fix it,” he said.
Kennedy is married with three children in the Fulton County school system and is a 15-year resident of Alpharetta. He is an investment advisor with Transamerica Financial Advisors.