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Alpharetta neighborhood on the road to address change
by Rachel Kellogg
April 23, 2014 12:19 PM | 1526 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Residents of an Alpharetta neighborhood are hoping to see a change in their mailing addresses that will reflect their actual location.

Bellsmith Drive, off of Upper Hembree Road, is in Alpharetta but its address is listed as Roswell with a 30076 ZIP code.

“We live in the city of Alpharetta. We live in 30009. But we do have a Roswell address,” resident Bob Vonderhorst said at Monday’s city council meeting.

“We as a community have a deep sense of pride about living in the city of Alpharetta.”

City council members approved the request from the citizens to lobby the U.S. Postal Service on their behalf, in hopes of getting a change in the address/ZIP code.

In addition to wanting the address change to feel more like part of the community, the residents hope to avoid confusion with service providers and hope to take advantage of a higher property value.

Mayor David Belle Isle agreed that the Roswell address causes confusion and added, “Surprise surprise; property values soar when you add Alpharetta.”

Bellsmith resident Lynn Slomsky said when mail is addressed to the neighborhood but given the accurate 30009 ZIP code, the Post Office won’t deliver it.

Including the Bellsmith neighborhood, 369 properties located along the Upper Hembree and Harris Road corridors would be impacted by the change.

The postal service has developed a ZIP Code Boundary Review Process that assures “every reasonable effort” to consider and, if possible, accommodate municipal requests to modify the last lines of an acceptable address and/or ZIP code boundaries.

The process will now begin with a formal letter being issued by the mayor to the postal service district manager for the area.

Belle Isle said he would be happy to write the letter and request the change.

“I love the fact that it means so much to you,” he said to the residents.

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