There are some things in the concept that I like, but I have some reservations.
I had reviewed the initial design proposal, and subsequent modifications on line from the first few meetings. Like others, my initial impression was "it's way too stiff, formal, monumental, and unapproachable." I also have had deep concerns about the potential loss of trees from rerouting Haynes Brdg. Rd, and the initial design for the passive park area, which appeared to eliminate all the existing fabulous huge trees, and plant artificial rows of trees along the walkways. This is a key example of "nature does it better"...the existing trees are randomly and beautifully arranged, and provide great diversity (including the largest native Holly I have ever seen).
Last evening (7/21) I was finally able to attend the mtg. at City Hall. I was very impressed by how well you have listened to community feedback, and modified the plan accordingly. I am thrilled to see that there will be a plan to save the existing trees in the park area. I hope this area will have a very casual, natural feel...the kind of place that invites you to bring a book, sit down under a tree, and relax in the shade. Please don't make it too structured, or paved! Less is more here. The other green space looks more stiff than I prefer, but I understand the rationale for the visual lines to the new City Hall. If there ends up being some cafes along that area, perhaps they will enjoy outdoor seating areas along "the green".
I would still love to see more use of under-building parking, to minimize the amount of impervious surface created for buildings and parking areas. If that is too cost-prohibitive, how about using a pervious parking surface? I believe there are several options available, and it would be greatly in line with Alpharetta's green initiative. Perhaps there would even be some company who would partner with the city as a demonstration project. Additionally, if we could have green roofs on any structures, that would be fabulous.
Thank you for your work on this project, and for so effectively seeking input from the public, and communicating with us throughout the process.