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Alpharetta OKs proposed Fuqua development

Mixed-use plan will add office, retail, apartments

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ALPHARETTA — After more than a month of negotiating details, city leaders approved a plan Monday that will allow a major mixed-use development on a 62-acre site at Lakeview Parkway and Haynes Bridge Road.

The City Council voted 6-1 to allow a change in the mix first approved for the property more than five years ago. The major change is the addition of 276 apartment units on the site.

Applicants for the project, TPA Fuqua and Peridot, originally sought to build 320 high-end apartments into the mix of 488 residential units proposed. But city staff and members of the Planning Commission wanted the number of apartments lowered to 220. Over the month since the proposal was first introduced at a public meeting in mid-April, Fuqua and the city met to reach a compromise.

During that time, the City Council has debated its stated goal of achieving a residential balance of 68 percent owned and 32 percent rented properties within the city.

Councilman Jim Gilvin, who cast the lone dissenting vote for the project, expressed frustration at the progression of apartment units over the past decade. He reiterated Monday that Alpharetta will never achieve its residential goal by allowing more apartments.

“We look at all these projects individually, and we look at the traffic studies,” he said. “Are you aware that if you go back and total all the projects that have been built or approved since 2010, once they’re all built, we’ll have added 100,000 cars to the roads here in Alpharetta?”

Kathryn Zickert, the attorney representing the development team, told city officials that the developers had acceded to nearly all the conditions – more than 50 – recommended by city staff and the Planning Commission. She also said that the process of winning approval for the development had been rigorous and, ultimately, had led to a better project in the long run.

When completed, the project will include:

  • 15,300 square feet of retail
  • 26,300 square feet of restaurants
  • 9,600 square feet for a market
  • 27,000 square feet for entertainment
  • 104,000 square feet for a 200-key hotel

The residential portion will include no more than 470 total dwelling units. Of that total, there will be no more 276 apartments and a minimum of 48 stacked townhomes. The remaining 146 for sale units may be developed for townhomes, stacked flat condominiums, stacked townhome condominiums or single family zero lot line detached dwelling units.

In other business Monday, the City Council voted to table action on a proposed trolley service for the Alpharetta Downtown District.

Representatives from Alpharetta-based City Solutions presented a proposal that would provide two six-passenger vehicles to traverse downtown lots offering shuttle service to shops and restaurants. The proposal comes one week after the City Council first introduced plans to study the idea and possibly offer it on a short-term basis while construction of City Center moves forward.

But at Monday night’s meeting, city leaders said they were not quite ready to act until details of funding and liability had been worked out.

Nearby Roswell just launched its own pilot program offering trolley service to visitors of its Historic District.

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