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City Center changes save trees, create more greenspace
by Rachel Kellogg
September 12, 2012 05:57 PM | 3046 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Changes have been made to the City Center master plan to reflect the amendments approved by City Council.
Changes have been made to the City Center master plan to reflect the amendments approved by City Council.
Alpharetta’s downtown development plan got a makeover Monday, with changes that will save a beloved tree and add more greenspace.

The changes were approved by City Council members after several weeks of public input sessions where residents expressed a desire to see more greenspace at eth city center site.

One of those residents was Deb Zemlock, president of the Alpharetta Natural Resources Commission, who said she is happy with the changes — which involve a shifted street and a repositioned parking deck — and thanked council members for “listening and taking to heart the concerns of the citizens and making an effort to look at options that would help preserve some of the trees.”

The plan’s 450-space parking deck has been presented in preliminary site plans as being positioned going from west to east, parallel to the Publix supermarket — a positioning that would take down a large oak tree on the site.

But now, with the approved changes, the parking structure, still behind Publix, will go from north to south.

The only other resident to speak during the public comment portion of the meeting, Alexander Williamson, said he still thinks the parking deck is too large.

Another alteration to the plan involves moving the road at the bottom of the large park area to the west. According to Michael Swartz, the architect working on the project, the shift will increase the size of the park to about 5.1 acres.

Other changes include removing some on-street parking spots to save trees, increasing the size of the town green area of the site from .7 acres to .9 acres and adding angled, on-street handicapped parking.

Swartz said city council members will have a chance to provide input on the many upcoming design decisions that need to be made.

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