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City Center construction clears hurdle

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ALPHARETTA, Ga. – After nearly a year’s delay, Alpharetta City Council approved Monday the sale of the final 5 acres of its City Center property to a private development group.

The action sets the stage for a major downtown project more than six years in the making. Crews are set to begin work March 15 on a development east of Main Street consisting of 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 18 months, during which time much of the property in front of the city’s government complex will be closed off.

In an effort to compensate for the loss of street parking to the front of City Hall, Alpharetta is negotiating for leasing part a 100-space parking lot on the west side of South Main. That agreement is expected to be finalized in the next few days.

Cheri Morris, president of Morris & Fellows, who heads the retail portion of the project, said the initial phase of construction will involve fencing off access to the City Center. The City Green will still be accessible to pedestrians.

Park Plaza, a through street that runs from Academy Street past the front of City Hall to Haynes Bridge Road, will remain open and provide access to the public parking deck.

The commercial phase will cap an initiative launched six years ago when Alpharetta voters passed a $29 million bond to reshape its downtown. The bond included funding for 25 acres east of Main Street and to build the 50,000-square-foot City Hall, a town plaza, 5-acre park fronting Haynes Bridge Road and a 450-space parking deck.

The site also included 3 acres set aside for the Alpharetta Branch Public Library.

Morris said she has about 20 signed letters of intent from restaurants and boutiques to occupy the nearby shops once completed.

Work will move from the perimeter inward, and access will be opened as construction progresses.

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