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Roswell East-West Alley master plan conceptual plans revealed
by James Swift
jswift@neighbornewspapers.com
July 16, 2014 01:40 PM | 1345 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Conceptual plans for several redevelopment projects on and around Canton Street were unveiled at Roswell City Hall July 9. Residents had an opportunity to air their thoughts on the proposals at the open house meeting.

The conceptual plans stem from a June 17 design charrette with area businesses and residents. Parking, pedestrian improvements and consolidated alley services were the top three focus areas arising from the meeting, said City Planner Courtney Lankford.

“In order for all of this to work efficiently, we need to solve the parking problem,” she said.

However, Director of Community Development Alice Wakefield said parking solutions are beyond “the scope” of the East-West Alley master plan.

“We all realize and hear that is an issue,” Wakefield said. “The thing about the master plan is that it is not a static plan. We’re constantly reevaluating it and looking at it.”

Director of Transportation Steve Acenbrak said a key aspect of the master plan was better connecting the 400 city hall parking spaces with Canton Street. He said the proposed City Green Project, which would redevelop most of city hall into a walkable greenspace, is “the better short-term solution” to parking woes.

Three blueprints for Canton Street redevelopment were exhibited. One option will widen the sidewalks, while another will result in time-managed closure of the street. The last plan will permanently close off Canton Street, with short vertical posts placed at Webb Street and Elizabeth Way.

The transportation department is not advocating the street’s closure, Acenbrak said.

“We’re going to need, basically, the merchants to come aboard and tell us they want this,” he said. “If they want this, I’ll make changes to the street grid to help it.”

Three development plans apiece were shown for Canton Street’s east and west alleys. Concepts for the east alley included a shared street proposal, a one-way street reconfiguration and a deliveries-only option. West alley plans consisted of a time-managed closure option and proposals for both a shared street and an organized alley.

Webb Street redevelopment plans were also shown. For Webb Street East, concepts included a shared street, a “safety street” realigned to improve sight and a service street with time-managed parallel parking and a delivery zone replacing private parking. The sole plan shown for Webb Street West was a design that would create sidewalks on both sides of a “complete street.”

Two designs — a one-way street and a two-way street proposal — were revealed for Elizabeth Way. While no concept designs were shown at the meeting, Lankford said minor Mimosa Boulevard redevelopment was also expected.

Lankford said mixtures of concept elements could wind up incorporated into the master plan. It is too early for budget estimates, she said, but both she and Councilwoman Becky Wynn said they believe the project is likely to be presented as a bond issue.

The Roswell Historic Preservation Commission will hold a hearing Aug. 19 on the East-West Alley draft master plan, with a city council work session following Aug 25.

A master plan will be presented for adoption at a city council meeting on Sept. 10.

Project maps can be viewed online at www.roswellgov.com/index.aspx?nid=1926.

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