Completed complicated right-of-way negotiations and constructed the City’s first roundabout located at the intersection of Grimes Bridge Road, Warsaw Road, and Norcross Street. The project, completed in June 2011, is a highly successful, innovative, safety and congestion solution to a five-way intersection.
Under Rich’s leadership, the City obtained 100% funding from the Georgia DOT for the design and construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Houze Road and Hembree Road. This heavily traveled intersection suffers from significant traffic congestion in all directions during rush hours. The design is currently under way and will include sidewalks and a multi-use trail in addition to the roundabout itself. It is anticipated that construction will begin in Fall 2015.
Improvements to the intersection of Holcomb Bridge Road and GA400 have been a priority for Rich since he took office. The Holcomb Bridge Corridor Study will provide improvements to the bridge itself as well as intersection improvements from Warsaw Road (Olive Garden) to Holcomb Woods Parkway (Home Depot). The project focuses on increasing safety, reducing congestion and improving the aesthetics along this stretch of Holcomb Bridge Road.
As the only Roswell exit off of GA400, Holcomb Bridge Road serves as a gateway to Roswell. It is important that this intersection provides a good first impression for our visitors. Early design concepts for the bridge include using brick and historic elements seen in our historic district, enhanced sidewalks and pedestrian lighting, and landscaping consistent with a City gateway. Federal funding was secured for 80% of the design, GDOT has committed to $3.2 million and Roswell residents have committed $6 million in bond funding.
Another priority for Rich has been the improvement of South Atlanta Street from the Chattahoochee River to the Historic Square. To achieve this goal, the Historic Gateway project is currently under way. The project which includes the removal of the reversible lanes will increase safety, improve access, enhance aesthetics, and promote redevelopment. In order to ensure that the improvements look and feel uniquely Roswell, a task force of several dozen residents and business owners has been assembled to provide feedback to our consultants throughout the process.
As the Southern entrance into Roswell, the Historic gateway will include sidewalks, multi-use trails, period lighting and landscaping to complement the National Park. Significant changes to the intersection of South Atlanta and Azalea/Riverside are also being planned in addition to a connection to the new pedestrian/bike bridge over the Chattahoochee River.
This Mayor & Council approved committee consists of a group of design and business professionals who are dedicated to identifying redevelopment sites and gaining a clear understanding of ownership issues, economics, market dynamics, and physical constraints that impact redevelopment potential. The goal is to understand the redevelopment potential for each property. The committee has also discussed potential transportation improvements because efficient, quality infrastructure plays a significant role in creating development potential. To date we have explored options for an assemblage along South Atlanta Street, the redevelopment of several properties including Roswell Village, Roswell Town Center, Kings Market, Roswell Commons (Value Village), the Grove Way area and along the Mansell Road extension. Transportation discussions have led to the pursuit of the Historic Gateway project, pedestrian connectivity around Canton Street, the early exit ramp off of GA400 and the alignment of the Mansell Road extension. Recently, the role of the Blue Ribbon Committee has been reduced due to the creation of two excellent economic development organizations, Roswell Inc. and the Roswell Development Authority.
During my first campaign, I promised that I would make the approval of the streetscape improvements to Midtown Roswell a priority. After two years of perseverance, working with City staff, GDOT staff and GDOT Boardmember Brandon Beach, we finally received approval and completed construction during the Fall of 2011.
Midtown Roswell, the Highway 9 corridor between Norcross Street and Holcomb Bridge Road, is important because it is one of our best opportunities for redevelopment. It is also one of the most visible, yet deteriorating, corridors in Roswell. Several years ago, the City received a grant for streetscape improvements for this corridor that include enhancing sidewalks, adding trees and landscaping, and improving traffic flow. These improvements have created a more pleasant, pedestrian friendly environment for people to walk, ride and shop. Land owners, developers and Fulton County Schools have been encouraged to invest in projects along the corridor as the City takes the lead in re- energizing the area.
This 3-day design initiative brought together area residents, business owners, and design professionals from around the southeast to create a vision for the future of the Grove Way community. The resulting vision is for a unique community of residential, office, retail and community uses that draw upon Roswell’s historic character. Quality architecture and well designed streetscapes were seen as priorities as well as maintaining a walk-able community with a pedestrian scale.
Rich sponsored the first meeting between the City of Roswell and the North Fulton CID. This historic meeting resulted in the two organizations agreeing to a collaborative effort to design a connector road between Sun Valley Road, Warsaw Road and Old Ellis Road. The connector will relieve congestion at Mansell Road and Alpharetta Highway, and will provide much needed connectivity between Alpharetta Highway and the business parks to the east. This additional access will provide opportunities for redevelopment.
Under Rich Dippolito’s leadership and direction, the Public Works and Environmental Departments accomplished the following.
Under Rich Dippolito’s leadership and direction, the Transportation Department also accomplished the following.
Under Rich Dippolito’s leadership and direction, the Community Development Department also accomplished the following.
Under Rich Dippolito’s leadership and direction, the Administration and Finance Departments accomplished the following.