Historic Gateway Project and Plan
The Town Square/Atlanta Street corridor was once the thriving heart of the City, but today it has become a major commuter thoroughfare and is fragmented in design and character and unsafe to drive. The change from a local to a major regional route has drastically altered the nature of the corridor.
The overall speed coupled with the reversible lanes makes it difficult for vehicles to turn into businesses and residential areas along the corridor. Many of Roswell’s historic resources are found in this area and are underutilized. The lack of a cohesive vision which would include appropriate design, character and land use has caused the area to deteriorate and suffer from lack of investment. Attention to transportation and planning in this area is important because it is the gateway to the City and entrance into the Historic District.
Historic Gateway Transportation Project
The Historic Gateway Transportation Project began in January 2011 with the purpose of designing a project along Atlanta Street (SR 9) from the Chattahoochee River to Marietta Highway (SR 120). The primary goal of this project is to make multimodal transportation and safety improvements along the corridor and to remove the outdated and dangerous reversible lane system. The final road design will be used to develop the Historic Gateway Master Plan.
Historic Gateway Master Plan
The Historic Gateway Master Plan is the next step in an ongoing effort by the City, the business owners, and residents to improve the quality of life, the quality of structures, and the overall design, character and livability of the corridor. It will guide implementation of the recently completed studies of the area with specific design standards, and architectural typologies to enhance the character of redevelopment in the corridor.
Our goal is that the Transportation Project and the Master Plan will promote sensitive redevelopment with a wide variety housing options, retail, civic, and employment options. We also believe that sensitive design can lower speeds, encourage alternative modes of transportation, and improve pedestrian safety. Overall these projects intend to improve the livability of the corridor and make it once again a thriving part of our community.