Increasingly known for smart urban planning and a thriving city center (along with high rents and astronomical home prices), Alpharetta’s once-sleepy downtown is expanding in multiple places again.  

A pair of mixed-use buildings with architecture described as “timeless” and “distinctive” is under development in the 120 block of North Main Street, replacing a couple of old homes near the intersection of Cumming Street, according to Bull Realty.

A third building on the corner—a 2,800-square-foot brick house currently home to Beau Vinci Violins that Alpharetta lists as historic—is also part of the development but is being preserved. Plans call for it to be brought up to code and converted to a restaurant.

The 116-126 N. Main Street site location (in red) in relation to Alpharetta City Center. Google Maps

Bull Realty

The 1.4-acre Main Street site is just north of Alpharetta’s first boutique hotel, The Hamilton, and master-planned blocks that include favorites such as Jekyll Brewing, Smokejack BBQ, and Lapeer Steak and Seafood.

According to Bull Realty, which recently began leasing efforts for the project, each new three-story building will include about 24,000 square feet.

About 40,000 square feet total will be devoted to offices, with the rest (roughly 8,000 square feet) housing retail and restaurants. Perks include walkability to parks, schools, housing, and “the area’s most vibrant collection of restaurants,” per marketers.

The North Main Street project is expected to deliver sometime next year. It'll rise just north of another new development called 100 North Main, a classical-style office building.

How the two new mixed-use buildings will be arranged along Main Street, at left, with a historic home structure beside them. Bull Realty

Bull Realty

The Alpharetta City Council unanimously approved the project in May after developer Brent Beecham worked with neighbors and agreed to reduce the new buildings’ heights from four to three stories, as Appen Media reported.

On a related note, Alpharetta recently garnered enough reader nominations to land the No. 1 seed in Urbanize’s upcoming March Madness-style tourney to determine metro Atlanta’s Best OTP Downtown. The first round begins later this week.  


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