Alpharetta City Council puts a mixed-use project back on the agenda tonight, Feb. 28, in a continuation of a public hearing on a proposal by MetLife for its property along Haynes Bridge Road next to GA 400.
The City Council meets at 7:30 p.m. in its chambers to resume discussion on the rezoning proposal. The property as zoned now would allow more than 1 million square feet of office space. The mixed-use proposal cuts out almost half of that office space in exchange for condos and townhomes. Retail space, a hotel, an events facility and restaurants round out the proposal.
Councilman Doug DeRito's motion a month ago split the property owner's request into two parts. City Council approved a stream buffer variance. MetLIfe has a deadline to pipe the stream, which splits the property, because its Corps of Engineers permit has an expiration date.
MetLife originally came to the city asking for just the stream variance, but at the request of the Community Development department the company developed its mixed-use plan.
DeRito and most of the rest of council wouldn't vote on the request to rezone the property from office and industrial to mixed use until all of council's and local residents' questions were answered.
MetLife's real estate investment executive, Paul Folger, was asked to wait a month for a decision. The company was to provide more answers to the city and its residents in the meantime.
Folger said it would be three to five years before any development would begin.