This is okay for a starting point, but there are some big changes that need to be made before I can support it.
First of all is a Live, Work, Play concept a viable concept in this area ? If the answer to this is yes, then lets proceed onto some of my other concerns.
- I understand what the design team is attempting to do, with the creation of a central boulevard with the living and retail on this street, with a with focal points at three ends, but it is making significant sacrifices with the two major street fronts. Placing all of the parking along Old Milton Parkway does not help distinguish the community from your typical suburban sprawl development.
- There is no sense of entry into the community.
- The townhomes along Westside Parkeway seem to have been dropped in haphazardly without addressing the this main drive at all. The residential community does not seem to have much sense of a "community".
- The 14 story building would not be so offensive if it was placed in a better location. Its location is in total disregard with the layout out of the community.
- Rental units need to maintain a high standard of design and build-out in order to maintain a high enough price point.
- The retail on the ground floor of the multi-story buildings needs to be able to accommodate more than your typical strip shopping center fare. A grocery store would be an asset to those living in this community.
- More green space would be beneficial with a coherent walking / exercise trail would also attract residents.
- Instead of another movie theater, maybe a different type of entertainment center would be more appropriate.
This community has a lot of potential and could become something great in Alpharetta, but much thought and effort must still go into this design. This is not a complementary design for this city.