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Downtown Development Authority taking Village Green concept to public
by Joan Durbin
jdurbin@neighbornewspapers.com
March 12, 2014 02:41 PM | 1103 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Love the Roswell City Green concept, have reservations about it or want to know more about it before forming an opinion?

The Downtown Development Authority wants to know what you think. The agency is bringing its plans to the public for discussion at two upcoming meetings. The first is Thursday, 6 p.m. at Muse & Co, 39 Oak St., Roswell in the SoCa center.

Next is Tuesday at 6 pm at city hall, Room 220, which will include a walk of the area.

“These meetings are being held to gain additional public comment on the plans and key elements of the City Green concept,” said authority chairwoman Monica Hagewood.  “The meetings will have both of the landscape architects that worked on this plan available as well.  

“We are working on the details of the [meeting] format but it will include a presentation of the concept and a brief review of the timeline to date, as well as breakout tables on each of the key elements.  We will be answering questions, collecting these comments and ideas and compiling them for review by the mayor and city council for their consideration.”

As envisioned, Village Green would be a park-like gathering space, amphitheater and other commercial uses on public land in the heart of Roswell.

The concept would open up the back of city hall to Ga. Hwy 9 just south of Magnolia Street with a large lawn, interactive water feature and patio area for public use.

The Faces of War Memorial would be moved to the outskirts of Smith Plantation, a city-owned museum home on the north side of city hall.

The second phase of development would install an outdoor amphitheater on the grounds between city hall and Smith Plantation with seating to accommodate the annual Memorial Day ceremony as well as a variety of concerts and civic events. Support buildings, including restrooms, would also be built.

“We have worked really hard to gather input from a broad spectrum of stakeholders, but we know we have not reached everyone.  We are definitely interested in ideas and solutions that we may not have considered yet,” Hagewood said.

The authority has also modified its website so that it is easier to find the City Green images. To see the concepts, go to www.roswelldda.com/resource-center/visioning-redevelopment/city-green/.



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