In early 2021, the Alpharetta Mayor and City Council authorized Staff to submit an application to the Atlanta Regional Commission’s (ARC) Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) Program seeking grant funding for the South Main Street LCI Supplemental Study. ARC awarded the City $160,000.00 to complete the Study, with the City committed to a 20% match of $40,000.00.
On January 18, 2022, the Alpharetta City Councill will review the contract terms and award a contract for $200,000 to HKS to complete the South Main Street LCI Supplemental Study.
According to City documents, the goal of the South Main Street LCI Supplemental Study is to develop a plan to improve the South Main Street area, including pedestrian, bicycle, and transportation elements and public space activation. The analysis and recommendations will look at the LCI area’s economic and development characteristics to prepare a strategy that supports the plan recommendations, ensures the proposed plan is realistic, and provide guidance for future actions. With the involvement of community stakeholders in the study area, the Study will evaluate and address the following outcomes:
- Develop a vision for the area to encourage reinvestment with the South Main Street
- Develop transportation investments that provide for the safe movement of pedestrians, bicycles, and transit in, through, and around South Main Street
- Development opportunities for creative placemaking along South Main Street
- Develop a framework of policies and programs to help accomplish the vision.
- Development guidance for development type, scale, and character in the study area.
- Identify key redevelopment sites and strategies to activate them.
According to Staff memos, the City issued the South Main Street LCI Supplemental Study RFP on September 16, 2021. Three consultant teams responded and were interviewed for the Study.