Other Council members said this period of time presents an opportunity to start over and write a new UDC. They’re watching Alpharetta where the economic development director said he could foresee corporations leasing less commercial office space because more employees are working from home.
“When we come out of this we will be coming into a different world,” said Councilman Matt Judy. “Class A office buildings could be a thing of the past.”
Mixed-use developments and how people decide to live, work, play and shop will also change, added Councilwoman Marie Willsey.
A $5 million private project on Alpharetta Street in Roswell was halted by the coronavirus shelter-in-place order. Its plans include 100,000 square feet of office space, 40,000 square feet of retail space and 128 apartments.
“I think this is a chance to press pause and try to put together a community vision with market reality, and try to put forth a UDC that attracts the kind of business and reinvestment that the community wants,” said Willsey. “It’s an unprecedented chance to do that.”