Roswell City Walk by Lennar Multi-Family Corporation is currently constructing a large piece of the residential aspect of the new Groveway multi-use community. This will include 320 luxury units with one, two and three bedrooms. This urban style living is expected to attract primarily young professionals and empty nesters. It will increase the diversity of housing options and improve walkability in the downtown area. Lennar has seen the potential of Roswell’s future and has made a sizable investment in order to become part of the ever growing community.
The Groveway Community Hybrid Form-Based Code Regulations is a great opportunity for the City of Roswell and the community to revitalize this area into a thriving, vibrant neighborhood for our City. The City and the community began the planning process for Groveway back in 2007 for what is now an exciting proposal to redevelop this area. With a grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), the City completed a study of Groveway with extensive public involvement. During this first step, a series of short-term and long term recommendation were made relating to land use, urban design and transportation.
In February of 2009, the City was awarded a second ARC grant to hold design charrettes (community stakeholders input exercises) that would result in a more fine-tuned vision for the area. This stakeholder committee spent several months discussing issues, challenges and opportunities along with strategies for meeting the needs of all current and future residents in the area.
The Groveway project has been a community driven effort with multiple meetings for citizen input. The City has held a two-day charrette with citizens, four community meetings and 17 Groveway Stakeholder committee meetings following the charrette. The result is a community vision and comprehensive plan for Groveway: A mixed-use zoning code overlay that will re-create the area, making it a vibrant part of our city.
Historic Gateway Project Plan
The Town Square/Atlanta Street corridor was once the thriving heart of the City, but today it has become a major commuter thoroughfare and is fragmented in design and character and unsafe to drive. The change from a local to a major regional route has drastically altered the nature of the corridor.
The overall speed coupled with the reversible lanes makes it difficult for vehicles to turn into businesses and residential areas along the corridor. Many of Roswell’s historic resources are found in this area and are underutilized. The lack of a cohesive vision which would include appropriate design, character and land use has caused the area to deteriorate and suffer from lack of investment. Attention to transportation and planning in this area is important because it is the gateway to the City and entrance into the Historic District.
Historic Gateway Transportation Project
The Historic Gateway Transportation Project began in January 2011 with the purpose of designing a project along Atlanta Street (SR 9) from the Chattahoochee River to Marietta Highway (SR 120). The primary goal of this project is to make multimodal transportation and safety improvements along the corridor and to remove the outdated and dangerous reversible lane system. The final road design will be used to develop the Historic Gateway Master Plan.
Historic Gateway Master Plan
The Historic Gateway Master Plan is the next step in an ongoing effort by the City, the business owners, and residents to improve the quality of life, the quality of structures, and the overall design, character and livability of the corridor. It will guide implementation of the recently completed studies of the area with specific design standards, and architectural typologies to enhance the character of redevelopment in the corridor.
Our goal is that the Transportation Project and the Master Plan will promote sensitive redevelopment with a wide variety housing options, retail, civic, and employment options. We also believe that sensitive design can lower speeds, encourage alternative modes of transportation, and improve pedestrian safety. Overall these projects intend to improve the livability of the corridor and make it once again a thriving part of our community.
Holcomb Bridge Road Corridor Study
The City of Roswell conducted a major transportation study in the area of the Holcomb Bridge Road (SR 140) and SR 400 interchange. The transportation study focused on addressing congestion, tying land use and transportation together, and aesthetic improvements. The study resulted in a cohesive conceptual improvement plan along the HBR corridor which may be implemented in phases to address short-, mid-, and long-term needs. This study was performed for the City by the consulting firms of ARCADIS and Pond & Company.
With extensive stakeholder and public outreach, the final study report has been completed. The report provides an overview of the study process, highlights the vision and goals for the area, and creates a master plan to guide future improvements. The study developed a list of 22 projects (see map below) which was prioritized into phases.
Mayor and Council accepted the Final Report on September 12, 2012.
Study Recommendation Map
Current Implementation – Status
The Study developed both short-term improvements at the interchange ramps and a major interchange improvement concept. The short-term improvements provide significant operational benefits for relatively low cost.
The City is partnering with the Georgia DOT to implement short-term projects identified in the HBR COrridor Study. Georgia DOT has currently programmed funding for three projects: (#2 – HBR at SR 400 Northbound Ramp Intersection), (#3 – HBR at SR 400 Southbound Off-Ramp), and (#6 – HBR at Warsaw Road extended turn lane). The Georgia DOT projects also include minor improvements to the SR 400 Southbound On-Ramp.
The City passed a local bond referendum to construct additional short-term projects. The projects anticipated to be constructed include (#4 – HBR Westbound Through Lane), (#5 – New SR 400 Northbbound Early Off-Ramp), and (#9 – Aesthetic Improvements at the Interchange).
Future Implementation – Major Interchange Improvements
The major interchange improvement concept accommodates future traffic growth and accomplishes many of the goals of the study. The next step is to secure funding for this project; therefore, it is considered a mid-term project. The concept is illustrated by the artistic rendering below.
Rendering of Improved Interchange at Holcomb Bridge Road and SR 400
Traffic Simulation for Mid-Term Holcomb Bridge Road/SR 400 Interchange Improvement
Planners and engineers use traffic simulations to model what could happen with traffic flow if certain improvements are made. Watch a simulation of traffic patterns if improvements are made at the Holcomb Bridge Road/SR 400 interchange. (Opens to a new window)
Recommended Interchange Improvement
If you have questions related to the Study or its Recommendations, contact the City Project Manager, Andrew Antweiler at 678.639.7540.
River To The Square Connection
This project will remove the outside travel lane along westbound SR 120 from Bulloch Hall to Willeo Road and convert it to a multi-use path that will accommodate bicycles and pedestrians. Improvements will be made the Willeo Road/SR 120 intersection to facilitate a better crossing and to the Bulloch Hall driveway. Construction should be complete in July.
New Water Plant
The City of Roswell is replacing its 80-year-old water treatment place with a new state-of-the-art plant. After nearly 80 years of service, Roswell’s old water plant could no longer efficiently and cost-effectively produce water for the City’s customers because older technology is very labor intensive for both operations and repair. Equipment frequently broke down and was costly to repair since some parts were no longer available. Roswell began construction on the new water plant in April 2014 and anticipates that it will be operational by the end of 2015.
The new plant will reduce the City’s water production costs and is forecast to save the City $11.6 million over a 20-year period. The savings come from reduced water purchases from Fulton County and reduced costs to repair and refurbish the old equipment in the 80-year-old plant.
The City will see many benefits once the new plant is operational. Some of them include:
Maintaining local control over a key portion of the City’s water resources
• Securing the City’s future water supply by ensuring treatment capacity as the community grows.
• Providing a modern, reliable facility that mirrors the quality Roswell citizens expect in their City services.
• Reducing the risk of future rate increases for customers by slowing operational expenditures.
• Eliminating the need to pay Fulton County approximately $500,000 annually to purchase water.
• Reducing repair and maintenance costs for the 80-year-old facility.
• Serving as a regional leader in responding to the governor’s call to develop additional water resources to support the metro Atlanta region’s water supply plan.
New Plant Cost
The new plant will cost approximately $15 million to build. The City has obtained a 20-year GEFA loan to pay for the new facility. Because of the City’s outstanding financial situation, its AAA bond rating, and its designation as a WaterFirst Community, the loan was secured at an interest rate of 1.4%.