Roswell-based KB Venture Partners has submitted plans to the City of Alpharetta to restore the Fulton County School building and gymnasium and turn them into creative workspaces. In addition, the site located at 154 Kimball Bridge Road will also include a new three-story office building.
The Alpharetta Design Review Board will meet Friday to review the plans and provide recommendations to the Planning Commission and City Council for the submitted building elevations, landscape drawings, and site plans.
The 4.4-acre property, owned by Fulton County Schools, is zoned currently zoned SU (Special Use) and is proposing a rezoning to O-P (office-Professional) to make the proposed use and adaptive reuse of the school buildings into a compatible project for the site. The new office building on the northern side of the property will be 120,000 square feet and be three stories. The existing school is one story and 20,000 square feet in size. The two-story existing gymnasium is also 20,000 square feet in size. The site will offer 640 parking spaces as required by the zoning code.
According to the application, the existing school building and gymnasium, most recently used as a maintenance facility for the Fulton County Schools, and are composed of a brick façade, metal windows, and exposed concrete columns. This proposal prepared by Kimley-Horn and ASD | SKY will restore the two buildings and their materials to a like-new condition. “The new building and landscaping introduce new warm and inviting materials, including stone, concrete, and building panels to help create a fully cohesive office campus, integrating the school, gym, and office building into a complementary visual composition. This community of buildings, when experienced as a whole, will be compatible with the surrounding office and commercial buildings through similar materials and scale.”
According to documents supplied to the City, the intent of the redevelopment is a single-phase construction process commencing with each the rehabilitation of the existing building, construction of the new building, and construction of the structured parking. Pending City of Alpharetta approval, construction would begin in late 4th quarter 2021 or 1st quarter 2022. The total duration of construction will be approximately 14 months.