Alpharetta Reaches Agreements to Get Property for Last Section of Westside Parkway
With funds from the North Fulton CID, GDOT and impact credits, the city will be able to finish the last section of the north-south connecting road.
Alpharetta City Council passed a resolution Monday, Nov. 28, that OKs agreements between two property owners that control land on which the last stretch of Westside Parkway has been mostly built.
With a push led by City Councilman Chris Owens and negotiations by City Attorney Sam Thomas, Alpharetta will acquire the two properties. City Administrtor Bob Regus made the announcement at City Hall during Monday's council meeting.
By state requirements, the city has to advertise for proposals from contractors for 30 days before picking one to finish the road.
“The bottom line is that construction on the final stage of Westside Parkway will begin shortly after the first of the year,” said Mayor Arthur Letchas in a release handed out at the meeting.
North American Properties owns the larger portion, from Old Milton Parkway north. The last section is owned by Stan Thomas and never was part of company that owned Prospect Park–which went bankrupt before being built.
Now Avalon is being planned on the site, and North American Properties has been negotiating with the city for almost as long as it's owned the former Prospect Park site. The city tried to negotiate with the banks that foreclosed on the property before that.
Regus said the North Fulton Community Improvement District will contribute $789,000 toward acquisition of the property. Owens said the Georgia Department of Transportation promised more than $800,000 in construction money to help complete the road.
Impact fee credits will be given to North American Properties in exchange for right of way. Thomas said no promises were made to guarantee any rezoning for Avalon in exchange for the agreement.
"It has been almost exactly a year that we have been pounding away at this," said Councilman D.C. Aiken, who brought the proposal for the city to negotiate for the land to council with Owens.
Total length of Westside Parkway from Old Milton to Webb Bridge is 0.93 miles. The Ellman Tract encompasses approximately 0.17 miles and NAP encompasses the remaining portion. The right of way along Westside ranges from 120 feet to 132 feet.
Old Milton Parkway, specific improvements are included within the scope of work for the completion of Westside. These consist of a right turn lane onto Westside from Old Milton and installing dual left turn lanes on Old Milton onto Westside (traveling east and west). Other improvements consist of installing new mast arms and adding pedestrian improvements to cross Old Milton and Westside Parkway.