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City Center still slated for September opening
by Rachel Kellogg
February 19, 2014 11:11 AM | 1169 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Despite the recent inclement weather, Alpharetta’s City Center project is still on schedule for an early fall completion.

During a project update at Monday’s city council meeting, City Administrator Bob Regus said he is optimistic that the initial development phase will be completed by the end of September.

According to Regus, the construction team is now giving an “October-ish” time frame “but they have it in them to catch up,” he said.

The 450-space parking deck is now on the fast track to completion, with Regus saying it will “start going vertical in the next couple of weeks.”

This week, the city will be meeting with a sculptor to discuss plans for a veterans memorial to be included in the project.

Other components of the initial development include the new city hall building, a new county library, a one-acre town green, a five-acre city park, development sites for future private development and a circulation network of pedestrian paths and tree-lined streets.

Library officials expect a groundbreaking for the new Alpharetta library to take place in the spring.

Late last month, the city published a time-lapse construction video which shows the progress being made on the project from an aerial view.

The video can be viewed at www.youtube.com/user/alpharettagov.

City Center has been an active goal for the city of Alpharetta since 2005 when officials first put forward a plan for spurring business and development activity in the community’s downtown district by leveraging city-owned property.

Discussions first centered on a three-acre tract and included only a small expansion of city hall and the creation of a central public plaza fronting Main Street.

By 2006 the city was pursuing partnerships with private sector interests to expand the footprint and scope of the project, expanding its vision to include 10 acres that would be home to the plaza and city hall expansion as well as a five-acre park and commercial development opportunities.

In 2011, after the third iteration of the project stalled, the city began acquiring additional property so that it could control the destiny of the project.

Within months, Alpharetta had struck a deal to bring the new branch of the Atlanta-Fulton County Library System to the project and saw 73 percent of its citizens vote to finance the project using $29 million in general obligation bonds.
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