Map depicts the “Alpha Loop Gap,” where the Alpha Loop multi-use path will cross four properties to connect downtown with the Avalon mixed-use development. CITY OF ALPHARETTA

Alpharetta OKs using eminent domain to close Alpha Loop

The Alpharetta City Council has approved using eminent domain to acquire land necessary to complete a key segment of the Alpha Loop, a network of multi-use paths connecting downtown with developments around the city.

The council approved resolutions to use eminent domain to acquire the rear portions of 66, 72, 82 and 92 Thompson St. that form the “Alpha Loop Gap.”

“They are the final pieces necessary to complete the segment connecting downtown Alpharetta and Avalon,” said Assistant City Administrator James Drinkard. The city continues to negotiate with the property owners, he said.

The council also approved a $572,928 contract with Vertical Earth Inc. to construct the Alpha Loop Gap east from Haynes Bridge Road. About 650 lineal feet of concrete multi-use trail will traverse four parcels and cross a small stream twice, according to a staff report to the council.

The Alpha Loop initially consists of a three-mile inner loop and five-mile outer loop, according to a city website. Information: https://bit.ly/2R3gOpV

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