In yesterday's NUR Update, I mentioned that there is a vote this week on whether a demolition request will be approved for the old red building that sits vacant at 647 Atlanta Street and the old shed structure that sits behind it on Maple Street. This is the first step toward realization of an incredible vision that was proposed by Andres Duany in the Historic Gateway Master Plan. Please take the time to contact the Historic Preservation Commission if you are in favor of approval of this demolition and consider attending the meeting on Wednesday at 6pm at City Hall. We need all the help we can get in order.
Local resident and world renowned architect, designer and town planner, Lew Oliver, issued a call to action to ensure those who are in favor of progress are heard. Read Lew's Letter. The key point that Lew makes is this:
The issue is not that the structures are historic…they are in fact. They contain 19th century materials and traces of the past. They are, however, very much compromised, obscured, to use preservationist jargon. The larger issue is that they are in the direct path of progress. The progress I am referring to is not as it has been in our recent past, where great buildings, streets, or the environment are sacrificed for the sake of a degraded landscape, which currently surrounds and in fact forms the spine of our City. The progress I am referring to is the implementation of the Andres Duany (DPZ) scheme for providing Roswell with a real heart, a commercial and civic realm with no equal in North Georgia.
Below are some images of the current situation versus what has been proposed and what is the vision that the land owners have in mind.
This building has been empty for 10+ years. The one behind it on Maple St has been vacant much longer. At some point, it's time to admit that this building has realized all of it's potential and it's time to move on.
Current versus the Master Plan Vision
The red shaded area is the space that the two buildings occupy. As you can see, this spot is critical to realizing the overall vision.
The Master Plan Vision
This is the vision of what we could see. This is looking south from Oxbo. The property in question would be part of the development in the upper right of this rendering.