The Dallas Street development would house 178 one- and two-bedroom rented apartment units located within 24 free-standing buildings, as well as 12,000 square feet of commercial space etched into three city blocks in Kennesaw’s Central Business District.
Pace Halter, president of The Halter Companies out of Atlanta, said his company has been acquiring several tracts of land for the 7.5-acre project to be built around existing residential properties just east of Adams Park.
Halter said the project could be completed within 15 months.
Construction would begin in the southern portion of the property to redesign public parking lots owned by the city.
About 83 public parking spaces near the softball fields at Adams Park would be replaced with about 100 public spaces, some within the development and others as parallel parking spaces on both sides of Dallas Street.
Due to the land swap of public parking owned by the city, Kennesaw Zoning Administrator Darryl Simmons said Monday night he would be providing updated materials for Council review on some “outstanding legal items.”
David Ermutlu and Georgeann Gratton have lived within the city of Kennesaw for 22 years, moving four years ago to their 1903-era home off of Main Street.
Ermutlu said there has always been a push for downtown development, but he was hoping for more restaurants and shops they could walk to.
“My concern is (the new developments) are all apartments,” Ermutlu said. “They say mixed-use, but the percent of retail space is very small.”
Mayor Mark Mathews said he anticipates a vote on the development will happen next week. But Gratton said most discussions have not involved area residents.
“I don’t feel there was any community input at all,” Gratton said.
Developments under construction explode
At last week’s work session, Mathews said the Dallas Street development fits with the goal of the city to fill empty space in Kennesaw’s downtown with large mixed-use projects.
The Dallas Street project is in line with another development approved a couple months ago for a prominent space downtown.
The Main Street development is composed of more than 250 “luxury” rental apartments, as well as 11,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space.
The Atlanta-based developer, South City Partners, is the same firm that designed the West 22 apartment complex on Cherokee Street targeting Kennesaw State University students.
A week ago, work crews on the Main Street development began “passive blasting” on the east side of the construction site, said Earnie Via, the city’s public works director.
Via said the crews will continue to bore holes into rock in the ground and use a liquid igniter to explode a composite.
“They are not trying to blow the rock out of the ground, they are just trying to crack it,” Via said about crews digging up the chunks and carting them away.
Via said the patches are covered with dirt before the explosion so the force pushes the blast into the ground.
“You just hear a little sound, no big booms or shaking,” Via said. “If you are close, it might sound like a rumble of a truck.”
Because the “passive explosions” will be needed close to Main Street, the road will be narrowed to two lanes starting May 12, which falls after the first 5K in the Kennesaw Grand Prix Series on Saturday morning.
The Swift-Cantrell Classic 5K is held each year on Mother’s Day weekend in downtown Kennesaw.
Main Street will be reduced to two lanes for two weeks with officers directing traffic during rush-hour periods.