HIGHRISE ON THE SQUARE
New highrise application
has three proposals
Goldstein family offers compromise to opponents of building
[June 23] Mary Goldstein filed a revised application for the proposed highrise on Marietta Square today. This time, three proposals were submitted with two of them lowering the height of the building.
One plan calls for an eight-story section on the eastern side of the project, and nine-stories on the western side -- the section closest to the loop. The plan closes Denmead Street and widens the building northward with no room to build a parking garage. Instead, a garage would be built in the parking
lot directly west of the Welcome Center and the train tracks. The height of the garage would be negotiated.
The second proposal is a 10-story building and asks that Denmead Street be closed. There would be room to build the parking garage alongside the highrise. The third plan is the same 12-story structure that has been discussed in the past.
The two plans with lesser stories is seen as an offer of compromise by Mary Goldstein and her son, Philip, who own the property on Mill Street where the highrise would be built. A minority, but vocal, number of residents have complained that the height would destroy the ambiance of the square. Many merchants on the square have privately accused those against the building of being hypocrites because they seldom, if ever, spend money there.
The parking garage in front of the Welcome Center is the most challenging proposal. Sections of the parking lot are actually dedicated streets and the land is believed to be owned by the state of Georgia. This plan asks government entities controlling the parking lot to deed the land to the Downtown Marietta Development Authority which would, in turn, build the garage with state financial assistance. It's unknown if the highrise's developer, Peter Bright, would contribute money for the garage, if constructed in front of the Welcome Center.
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