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$1M Renovation for Downtown Roswell
By Hatcher Hurd, Alpharetta-Roswell Revue & News
ROSWELL – The city got an unexpected shot of revitalization when a local developer laid out plans for a $1 million renovation of a 25,000 square-foot office park on Holcomb Bridge Road near the intersection of Ga. 9.
Frank Brown, better known for his high-end jewelry store next door, brought his plans for remodeling Roswell Office Park before the Roswell Design Review Board September 2. After extensive remodeling of his Brown’s Jewelry Store three years ago, Brown said he wanted to be a “spark for other properties on Holcomb Bridge Road.”
The original architect Zachary Henderson presented the plans to the board. He said it would be a good revival project for the area. The three office buildings received a new façade including stack-stone columns and an updating of the mature landscaping already in place.
Surface parking is screened with landscaping and structural material and with an eye to the city’s emphasis on alternative modes of transportation including bicycle parking internal pedestrian access.
“It was a good project 30 years ago when I first designed it, but it is time to improve the economic value of the property,” Henderson told the board.
After a brief discussion by the Design Review Board, board member Kevin Caldwell suggested they go ahead and approve the plan.
“This is a serious, marked improvement in an area. We want to see this kind of effort. We should just let them get on with it,” he said.
Without further discussion, the board gave its approval. No rezoning is required (it is zoned C-3 commercial), so Brown was free to go ahead with the project. With the improvements inside and out, Brown said he hopes to take advantage of leases ending in other buildings and attract them to the desirable downtown location.
The commercial real estate market is somewhat in flux with the present economy the way it is, but we plan to make it in line with Class A office space for our prospective tenants,” Brown said.