Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The strip center that once housed Dockery's is gone, reduced to a pile of rubble by heavy equipment.
Fences surround a big piece of the future Alpharetta City Center site in downtown as crews demolish buildings that stand in the way of other site work. On Tuesday, the strip center that used to hold a favorite breakfast and lunch spot – Dockery's – was torn down. On Wednesday, expect to see Eagle Gym disappear, and the old Fulton Water Department building that Alpharetta bought and used for Police Explorers. The Alpharetta Police Athletic League had to move its operations to Milton Center because of the demolition. See Also Alpharetta Breaks Ground on City Center Alpharetta OKs Spending $2.83 Million on City Center Site Work
Monday, April 22, 2013
After many years and several different plans, the city broke ground on its project to build a new City Hall, add a park and all the infrastructure necessary to support the site.
Alpharetta's City Center finally is beginning to seem like it will become a reality with the groundbreaking held on the old section of Haynes Bridge Road that will be the site of the new City Hall. Demolition of structures around the existing City Hall will begin later this week. Georgia Power and Atlanta Gas Light crews could be seen on site today, readying the property for the demolition. Alpharetta expects to cut the ribbon on the new City Hall and other public components of the $31 million City Center project in August 2014: Later this year a new 25,000 square foot Alpharetta Public Library will open on 3 acres of land the city donated to Fulton County for that project. Former City Clerk Sue Rainwater explained that Alpharetta had a …
Friday, April 12, 2013
City Center construction has forced the weekly event to move to Old Canton Street in downtown Alpharetta, right beside this weekend's Alpharetta Arts Streetfest.
Saturday marks the start of the season for the Alpharetta Farmers Market, which is in a new location in downtown Alpharetta. The Farmers Market had to leave its site next door to City Hall because of the beginning of work for the City Center project. This year the vendors will be on Old Canton Street in downtown, next to the mini park on Milton Avenue. The Farmers Market will be open for extended hours this week in conjunction with the Alpharetta Arts Streetfest being held on Main Street this weekend. The Farmers Market will be open from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The Alpharetta Business Association's Carol Anderson-Wood, who serves as the Farmers Market manager, reports that her vendors are excited about the new location and are ready for …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
A groundbreaking will be held April 22 for the downtown project, but approval of a land disturbance permit should allow actual work to begin before that.
Alpharetta City Administrator Bob Regus said mark your calendars again for April 22, as the city will break ground for its City Center project in downtown Alpharetta at 10 a.m. Alpharetta has been planning a City Center for many years, with two false starts in pubic-private ventures before the city went on its own to renovate a big chunk of downtown property. In two weeks, ground will be broken for the project, which includes a new City Hall, a parking structure and a small park. Room has been set aside for a new Alpharetta library branch that the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System plans to build at the same time. Alpharetta City Council approved during a meeting Monday night to spend $2.83 million for Choate Construction to proceed with…
Monday, March 25, 2013
The annual arts celebration and the year's first downtown farmers market are just a few weeks away.
Downtown Alpharetta will be the site for the year's first Alpharetta Farmers Market and an Arts StreetFest on April 13. From 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., visitors to downtown will find farmers with fruits and vegetables, gardeners with fresh flowers and plants and makers of all sorts of home goods, from desserts to local raw honey and homemade sauces and jellies. This will be the start of the Alpharetta Farmers Market's season, which runs from April 13 through mid-October this year. The Farmers Market has to be moved from the parking lot beside City Hall, which has been closed for demolition and construction of property for the City Center project. The city was considering placing the Farmers Market on Old Canton Street, but check back with …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
A tornado warning – complete with weather sirens wailing, hail and rain crashing down – didn't keep local residents from getting their first look at plans for the new facility.
Alpharetta's new library will be two stories tall to take advantage of the downtown City Center property's topography, and to disturb the least amount of land, architects for the project say. "This day has been a long time coming," said Fulton Commissioner Liz Hausmann as she introduced library project members to Alpharetta City Council and local residents. She said the county worked hard to bring a library design that fits in with the Alpharetta City Center project Tim Fish of Cooper Carry said designers wanted to "make sure the building fit in not only from an environmental approach to save as many trees as we possibly could," but also to fit the community. Alpharetta residents and other library system patrons can view the boards showing…
Monday, March 18, 2013
A 25,000-square-foot building in downtown Alpharetta will replace the 10,000-square-foot facility at the corner of Mayfield Road and Canton Street.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
A 25,000-square-foot building will replace the 10,000-square-foot facility at the corner of Mayfield Road and Canton Street.
Alpharetta residents – and other library fans – will get their chance to see what the new Alpharetta Library will look like on Monday, March 18. The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System is holding a progress meeting on the new 25,000-square-foot library, planned on 3 acres of land in the City Center development, in Alpharetta City Hall at 6 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m. First, residents will get a chance to meet members of this project’s architectural and engineering team from Cooper Carry, in association with Vines Architecture, along with library team members, said Kelly Robinson Vann, public relations and marketing director for the library system. They'll also learn about the progress to date. Architects will be available to answer …
Sunday, March 10, 2013
The mayor and council will hold a special workshop meeting in an office building on Sanctuary Parkway to discuss the project.
The downtown City Center project once again will have Alpharetta City Council meeting away from City Hall on Monday, March 11. It's a public meeting, so anyone is welcome. City Council will meet at 1125 Sanctuary Parkway, Room 101, at 12:30 p.m. Since it's a workshop, the public won't necessarily have a chance to speak. However, a City Center update will be held during the regular council meeting at 7:30 p.m. Mayor David Belle Isle allows and invites public comment after those updates. For the afternoon workshop, discussion will include security recommendations, pedestrian lights, the library pond and a review of Main Street from Academy Street to Marietta Street.
Monday, February 18, 2013
The special called workshop is open to the public.
CORRECTION: The meeting is at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 18. Alpharetta City Council will go "off site" for a special called workshop meeting on the City Center project this morning. The Council will meet at 1125 Sanctuary Parkway at 11:30 a.m. All council workshops, like regular meetings and public hearings, are open to the public. Topics on the workshop agenda portion dealing with City Hall include: This will also be the first discussion of the development pads to go over a review of the process. The four development pads are intended for commercial buildings, and they form a "U" around the town green. A look at Main Street will be taken as well, as council looks at the section from Academy Street through Marietta Street. The final planned …