Roswell selects company to redevelop busy intersection | Alpharetta and Roswell News
ROSWELL, Ga. — Roswell City Council has reached an agreement with the Downtown Development Authority to create a city master plan for one of its busiest intersections.
The project will be limited to a half-mile area around the intersection of Holcomb Bridge Road and Ga. 9. The intersection is home to an array of popular restaurants, such as Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill, Chick-fil-A and McDonald’s , and other establishments like Drake House, Computer Museum of America and Area 51 – Aurora Cineplex and the Fringe Miniature Golf.
The DDA approved a resolution authorizing the deal with the Sizemore Group on August 18 to complete the plan and build on the existing infrastructure and character of the town. The Atlanta-based planning firm has 40 years of experience designing places like Centennial Olympic Park, Emory University Goizueta Business School and Smyrna Town Center.
According to an Aug. 17 letter from the Sizemore Group to DDA Chairman Ron Buckley, development of the city master plan is expected to take six months and could include up to three community meetings at the request of the City of Roswell. As an additional service, two pop-up events can also be provided.
Sizemore will now carry out a site analysis, interviews with town staff and key stakeholders, a case study and a planning workshop before presenting the master plan and summary with specific recommendations to the town council.
The terms of the agreement call for the City of Roswell to provide DDA funding to lead the planning effort on a reimbursement basis of up to $150,000. The funds were previously allocated in the fiscal year 2022 budget.
While city council members filed a decision on the deal in June, saying the terms were too broad, they ultimately approved the partnership at their Aug. 29 meeting.
The proposed partnership is part of Mayor Kurt Wilson and City Council’s 100-day plan. Wilson says he’s thrilled the Sizemore Group is redeveloping an area near a central intersection in Roswell.
“We are looking at a mixed-use development and community services in this location,” Wilson said. “The plan will serve as a framework for attracting high-quality development to Roswell.”
Councilman Peter Vanstrom, economic development liaison, said he hopes the project brings together residents, landowners, city staff and other elected officials to really define who they want Roswell to be. .
“It’s a powerful opportunity,” Vanstrom said. “…I can’t wait for it to start.”
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