Business leaders and planners are squaring off over a proposal that would restrict the types of establishments visitors will stroll past in Alpharetta’s revived historic downtown district.
A plan floated before the City Council calls for restrictions that would keep most businesses except restaurants and small retail from occupying ground-level property fronting Main Street. The idea is to create an atmosphere that promotes pedestrian traffic in a downtown that has been challenged since 1993, when North Point Mall opened.
The City Council was to consider the proposal last week but removed it from the agenda until residents could weigh in. As of Wednesday the vote had not yet been rescheduled.
Some business leaders like the idea, saying it will draw pedestrian traffic and give retailers the vibrant downtown they’ve been seeking. Others argue they don’t need government telling them where they can set up shop in a commercial district.
“What on earth makes you think that you guys need to jump into this and take our property and tell us what we can do with it?” Dan Miller vented at a Tuesday gathering with city planners.