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Northwinds Summit to add office, residential south of downtown

More residential on council agenda in coming weeks

This artist’s rendering shows the proposed mixed-use development, Northwinds Summit, south of Downtown Alpharetta.

ALPHARETTA, Ga. – City leaders are expected to consider another proposal for residential development within the Downtown District in the coming weeks.

Arizona-based homebuilder Taylor Morrison wants to build 40 townhomes and 29 single-family detached dwellings on the north side of Cumming Street between Ga. 9 and Manning Drive. The development would occupy just under 12 acres northeast of the historic Lewis-Manning House.

A public hearing on the proposal has been tentatively set for the July 10 City Council meeting.

The proposal comes in the wake of a high-density residential mixed-use development approved earlier this month in Northwinds, south of downtown.

At its June 19 meeting, the City Council approved a master plan amendment to permit 140 for-rent units and 32 condominiums on a 24.5-acre site at the northeast corner of Haynes Bridge Road and Ga. 400. The residential portion is part of a major development called Northwinds Summit.

The development also will include 1.2 million square feet of office space, 30,000 square feet of retail/restaurant space and a 140-room hotel.

Alpharetta Community Development Director Kathi Cook said the residential request is not out of line with the employment potential Northwinds Summit would offer – some 6,000 jobs could be located on the property. Add to that, she said, Jackson Healthcare’s new facility nearby is already expected to bring 1,500 employees to the area.

Cook did say, however, that the Northwinds Summit plan could compromise the city’s stated goal of achieving a residential mix of 68 percent owner occupied and 32 percent rental. In consideration of that, she said, the city should not issue certificates of occupancy for the apartments until January of 2020, when owner-occupied development should be able to balance the increase.

After nearly two hours of discussion, the council voted 4-2 to approve the amendment allowing for the residential element within the development.

Council members Jim Gilvin and Jason Binder opposed the motion.

Looking back six years when he ran for his seat, Gilvin said, the biggest issue of the campaign was traffic and how to address increased congestion.

In the six years since, the city has approved seven high-density, mixed-use developments that have or will add more than 100,000 cars on the streets of Alpharetta, he said.

“It just seems to get worse and worse, and people ask me why,” Gilvin said. “I say, ‘well, look around.’”

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