City Center groundbreaking scheduled for March 23
Crews to install fencing around site this week
ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Fences are going up Thursday around the Alpharetta government complex as construction is readied for the commercial phase of City Center.
The city signed documents Friday turning over the final 5 acres of land to the development group selected to build a mixed-use development of shops, restaurants and residences on the property east of Main Street.
The sale price was $5.4 million and includes one parcel still awaiting final paperwork to clear.
The city has scheduled a groundbreaking for 3 p.m., March 23. At that ceremony, officials are expected to announce the single tenant of a four-story office building that will be a part of the development.
“It’s a great thing for the city,” Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle said Monday. “It’s only painful during the construction phase because it doesn’t look well. And you have to change your patterns, and things take longer.
“But if you’re going to make an irresistible city, you’re going to have to make changes. And those are the changes that we’re making.”
Work is expected to last 18 months. During that time, on-street parking in front of the government complex will be closed off.
Traffic and access to the city’s 450-space parking deck will be allowed on Park Plaza directly in front of City Hall.
The city’s Public Works Department is studying ways to modify the traffic signal at Park Plaza and Academy Street in anticipation of the increase in vehicle and pedestrian traffic.
To help provide relief from the loss in street parking, the city has committed $95,000 for use of a 100-space lot west of Main Street.
City officials have stressed that, during construction, work crews and contractors will be required to find parking outside of the downtown area to keep as many spaces available to residents and visitors.
This defining downtown project has been more than six years in the making. The commercial and residential phase includes:
• 70,000 square feet of restaurant and retail,
• a four-story office building with three floors of office over retail
• 168 one- and two-bedroom apartment units atop commercial shops.
Cheri Morris, president of Morris & Fellows, which heads the retail portion of the project, said construction will progress from the perimeter of the property inward. She said she anticipates that as work progresses, access to the development will become available.
The City Green will be accessible to pedestrians throughout construction she added.