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Alpharetta Community Development Must Move into New Offices

Amana Academy's expansion plans in the shopping center that also houses the Alpharetta department is forcing the move.

Amana Academy plans to spend $10 million to buy the shopping center that houses not only its existing charter school location, but also the Alpharetta Community Development Department and several other businesses. so the city department has to find another office space even though it will move into the new City Hall in the downtown City Center in about 18 months.

The Community Development Department isn't moving far. Office space has been found in an office build just behind the Satay House restaurant in that same shopping center. The new space is at 217 Roswell Street, and the department will be moved in this January 2013.

Community Development director Richard McCleod said it's unfortunate that they will have to move twice in 18 months, "but we'll get good at it by then."

It will cost an estimated $18,000 in one-time capital costs to move. The actual move will cost no more than $5,000, with the technology setup costs  up to $10,000. Additional signage will require additional capital costs.

The department will pay fewer dollars per square foot of space, but the new office space will be 1,200 square feet bigger, creating a small increase in expenses.

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