Downtown Alpharetta still a work in progress

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ALPHARETTA, Ga. –  Avalon, Ponce City Markets, and downtown Roswell are just a few of the locations that sparked the inspiration for a revamped downtown Alpharetta.  While the bones of the new Alpharetta City Center are slowly being revealed, it is obvious that a long wait still lies ahead. (Photo by: Jonathan Smith)
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ALPHARETTA, Ga. – When Avalon sprung up in 2014, it gave Alpharetta a much-needed destination.  The chic shops, pristine restaurants and shiny new movie theater gave patrons the perfect spot to spend an entire day.
“There is always something to do,” Irazu Lara said.  “There always seems to be new restaurants sprouting up so it’s definitely my favorite date spot.  There are even dog parks, so that’s a big plus.”  Lara, an Alpharetta native of 18 years, said her only issue was overcrowding.  (Photo by: Jonathan Smith)
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ALPHARETTA, Ga. – The green, nestled right in the center of Avalon, hosts cookouts, concerts and even ice skating in the colder months.  Alpharetta City Center’s blueprints show a near carbon copy of Avalon’s layout, including a lavish green sitting at the doorstep of city hall. (Photo by: Jonathan Smith)
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ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Avalon features townhomes that line the exterior of the area and apartments that sit right above the shops in the heart of the complex.  The ability to live above all the action means that you’ll never have to go far for a good time. (Photo by: Jonathan Smith)
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ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Because Avalon and the new Alpharetta City Center are only a few miles apart, the city wanted a way to connect them.  Mayor David Belle Isle noticed a bike path behind his office one day and the Alpha Loop concept was born.  The Alpha Loop will feature bike paths with rental stations that allow people to ride back and forth to experience both locations on the same afternoon. (Photo by: Jonathan Smith)
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ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Construction has been well underway for nearly a year now and the first apartment complexes and structures are taking shape.  Just like at Avalon, Alpharetta City Center tucks apartments above every store and restaurant. (Photo by: Jonathan Smith)
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ALPHARETTA, Ga. – In addition to the 168 apartments, Hedgeway Homes is also nearly finished on the 42 single-family homes on the outskirts of the city center, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle. The homes are located directly next to the Alpharetta Public Library, just seconds from city hall. (Photo by: Jonathan Smith)
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ALPHARETTA, Ga. – City hall, which was constructed 15 years ago, has been hidden behind the blue tarps of the surrounding construction for the last few months.  Once finished, city hall will look right down on Commerce Street and the city center’s green, allowing the beautiful building to be seen from nearly any part of the area. (Photo by: Jonathan Smith)
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ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Despite the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporting February 2017 that parts of the city center would be finished by as early as January 2018, a peek behind the curtain reveals that they may be slightly behind schedule. (Photo by: Jonathan Smith)
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ALPHARETTA, Ga. – City hall looks just as beautiful as ever, but the obstructive construction can’t be finished soon enough.  The good news is that Alpharetta still has Avalon in the meantime, giving the city a glimpse of what is to come in the next few months. (Photo by: Jonathan Smith)
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