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How About a City Center Update?

Where can citizens find updated information on City Center? What is happening in NW Alpharetta?

I've been busy.  At work we've been been top-dressing garden beds and planting annuals and bulbs.  At home there have been holiday gatherings and most recently trying to deal with the fallout of having my car stolen.  Here's hoping the old Volvo wagon can handle the commute in the absence of my recently stolen, newer vehicle.  

Due to this craziness I've been a bit out of touch with things so this morning I sat down at the MacBook to catch up on local politics, which means I sat down to read other blogs, news articles, the city website and notes from city meetings.  

First, let me just say that the city of Alpharetta's holiday lights look marvelous! I'm so glad we light that tree on Main Street every year. 

As for local stuff.  Well, a couple things stand out.  

Looks like some changes might be coming to the NW corner of Alpharetta in the form of more houses being built.  A recurring theme in what I'm reading is changes in density.  I need to find out more about this situation so I'm putting this out there as a bit of a cliff-hanger.  I live in the NW corner and I can state with utter confidence that it is a different feel from the rest of Alpharetta so if indeed changes in density are to occur, I would like to know.   

The other thing that stands out in my scanning of bits and bytes this morning is the lack of current information on the Alpharetta city website about City Center. Anyone can go to the city website and will immediately see a link to "Downtown Development Plan".  This is easy and good, but evidently the most recent information there is dated 8/27/2012 - "Master Development Plan Presentation". There are even a few video links but the most current of these is dated 7/21/2011 (I think they meant to say 2012?). Most of us need these simple links to get the latest and check in on elected officials.

So, to be a good citizen I did mine through various city meeting notes, but even this method failed to bring forth any thorough updated information on City Center.  

Now, please, whatever you do, don't make us weigh in on paint colors or ceiling heights, but do give us a sense of things. 

I'm just a little uncomfortable with this lack of information. 

Above all, I hope that our elected officials are relying upon the opinions of various city staff when it comes to the specifics of City Hall and the surrounding environs, since this will be their place of work.  Many of them will be here long after elected officials are out of office.  In my view, much of this should be their call.  

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Mike Kennedy December 10, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Much of the last few weeks has been spent reviewing and refining details of the city hall interior. Departments heads and other staff have had input on the layout and functionality of their respective workspaces in the new city hall. As promised, a city center update is provided at each city council meeting. The updates are archived and can be viewed here: http://www.alpharetta.ga.us/index.php?m=meetings
Debbie Zimmerer December 10, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Thank you Mike. You are always so informative, professional and a great go to man. We so appreciate you and the rest of this great City Council of Alpharetta and Mayor David. Thanks again Mike!
Julie Hollingsworth Hogg December 10, 2012 at 10:44 PM
That you for your answer Mike. That definitely helped me to express what I was trying to express.

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