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$94K OK’d for temporary public parking

Alpharetta measure to relieve crunch construction will bring


ALPHARETTA, Ga. – With much of its City Center parking fenced off for new construction, Alpharetta City Council voted Monday to allocate $94,000 to cover the cost of constructing a temporary parking lot on South Main.

The agreement with Old Roswell Street LLC allows the city to use property near its Liberty Hall Development on which to build a parking lot with some 75 stalls, about the same number of spaces displaced at City Center.

In return for the construction costs, the city will have a 6-year lease for the lot.

The measure comes at a time when the city is facing a parking pinch in its downtown.

Concurrent with City Center construction, the city plans to build a three-level parking deck with 187 stalls on Milton Avenue just east of Rest Haven Cemetery.

That structure is the first of two parking decks planned for the west side of Main Street.

The second deck, slated for construction after the Milton Ave. structure is completed, will have two levels with 168 stalls on a site between Roswell Street and Old Roswell Street behind Smokejack restaurant.

Both new decks carry a combined cost of $8 million and will be funded primarily through the $5.4 million the city collected from the sale of a 5-acre portion of City Center to a private developer in February.

The agreement with Old Roswell Street LLC allows the developer to use 10 of the stalls to stage its construction of Liberty Hall, a four-story, mixed-use building at 33 South Main.

The commercial phase of the City Center project will include 70,000 square feet of restaurant and retail, a four-story office building with three floors of office over retail and 168 one- and two-bedroom apartment units atop commercial shops. Construction is expected to take about 18 months.

Councilman Donald Mitchell said it will be important to place signage near the temporary lot alerting visitors of available parking.

In other action Monday, the City Council:

Authorized Mayor David Belle Isle to offer matching funds of $750,000 to the North Fulton Community Improvement District for design and construction of the Alpha Loop. It is a 3.4-mile nature trail encircling the city’s business district. Councilmembers said they plan to partner with the CID and possibly some corporate landowners to share costs on the loop, which has an estimated cost of around $8 million. Segments of the trail are already under construction.

Agreed to a four-party deal in which the city will take ownership of a quarter-acre strip serving as one of the private drives off Milton Avenue into Milton Center. That is the site of the old Milton High School. Under terms of the agreement, River Rock Development will pay the Fulton County School District $100,000 for the property. It will then convey ownership to the city so it provide curbs and gutters for public use. Costs to the city should not exceed $75,000.

Approved $706,700 in expenditures for sidewalk improvements as part of the 2016 bond referendum approved by voters.

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