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Residents invited to brainstorm revitalization
by Staff
May 28, 2014 12:02 PM | 2437 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The city of Roswell is hoping to transform two of its alleyways behind Canton Street into vibrant places where people can stroll, shop and eat.

But before moving forward, the city wants residents’ and business owners’ input at a public planning session for the East-West Alley Master Plan on June 17.

Held at the Roswell Historic Cottage at 972 Alpharetta Street, the public meeting — or “charrette” as it is formally called — is a planning session where citizens, members of the business community, city planners, designers and others can collaborate on a vision for the area.

There is a movement to revitalize public alleyways in downtown districts all across the country, and Roswell’s East and West Alleys behind Canton Street lend themselves perfectly to this exciting revitalization of public places.

The session for Downtown Roswell businesses and stakeholders is from 8:30 a.m. to noon, and the session for the general public is from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

Once city staff gathers public input from the charrette, they will work with a city-planning contractor to develop a master plan for the area.

The purpose of the master plan is to improve connectivity and to build upon the success of the walkable village concept of Canton Street, while preserving the historic character of the area.

The city and contractor will review existing conditions and any future developments planned within the area and evaluate walkability and infrastructure demands. Specific items that they will address are access, mobility, aesthetics, utilities, parking, stormwater and way-finding signage with a key focus on urban sustainability.

Contact City Planner Courtney Lankford,, for more information about this exciting project or visit

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