Roswell Park System Continues GROWTH
By Kirsten Ricci
People often site the parks in Roswell as a great reason to live here and boy do we love our parks! To that end they’re getting even better. In June, the Roswell City Council approved to purchase a large tract of land at the corner of Hardscrabble and Chaffin Roads. While every developer has begged and pleaded with the landowners to give them a piece, the City of Roswell has it. No need to fear a large high density development, this land will be transformed into a park probably used as athletic fields and will likely give a nod to the previous owners, the Spruill family, as it becomes time to name the new park. No timelines have been given as to when the transformation will begin or how long it will take, we will keep you updated as more information becomes available. This is fantastic news for homeowners in that area. The addition of the park will further improve the area from Roswell High School upwards toward Sweet Apple Elementary and create a connected and walkable environment.
The Roswell Downtown Development Authority (DDA) recently held a “Town Hall” meeting to discuss overall community development and provide some updated info regarding Roswell Plaza (Southern Skillet), which is starting to gain momentum. The city owns the land, $5 million worth, and will soon be soliciting bids on development. This will be interesting to see what is proposed and what is approved. Most folks know that this is a pivotal time for the historic district and the location has long been coveted. While this is just speculation, it will most certainly be some mixed use and yes, higher density development, to make this a good and profitable business decision for the City of Roswell. This is going to be a high priority for the city council and it could be a complete game changer for local residents. With the wildly successful City Walk Apartments behind it, the area has already seen a big upswing in home prices due to the new school (Vickery Mill Elementary) and of course the charm of nearby Canton Street. If you want to learn more about the DDA visit their site at roswelldda.com.
Speaking of historic downtowns, there’s an amazing historically themed building proposed in downtown Alpharetta right next to Smokejack BBQ. An entity called 33 South Main Street, LLC wants to redevelop an abandoned gas station into a four-story building with a restaurant, retail and office space, and a rooftop social club. Downtown Alpharetta is leaps and bounds ahead with their growth and connectivity. This is a great proposal mixing old and new which sums up the area perfectly.
Kirsten Ricci is a Roswell resident and a Keller Williams Agent who specializes in residential real estate in the north metro Atlanta area. She can be reached at 678-472-3832, firstname.lastname@example.org. Her site is www.klrgrouprealestate.com.