Community Development staff, with the help of city volunteers, installed two “Welcome to the City of Milton” signs in 2014. They serve to build relationships and a sense of community with residents while espousing the city's rural brand.
In August 2013, Baldwin Paving Company, Inc. began intersection improvements for a roundabout at Hopewell Road at Cogburn and Francis roads. The City of Milton awarded the construction contract in the amount of $786,606.
The City of Milton held its first official groundbreaking ceremony in July to celebrate the renovation of the Thomas Byrd House (formally known as the Hopewell House), a Civil War-era home planned as a senior and event center.
The 2.5 acre site, which contains the nearly 4,000-square foot, two-story home, dates back to at least the mid-1800s according to local historians. Senior Services North Fulton will occupy the home during normal business hours thanks to a 2012 agreement. When not in use by seniors, Milton will utilize the space for city-sponsored events and pursue facility rentals for special occasions.
The City of Milton purchased the Thomas Bryd House from foreclosure in 2011 for $250,000 in order to save the site, which is believed to be one of the oldest in North Fulton.
The Bell Memorial Park expansion project groundbreaking was held in August. This ceremony marked the kick-off of the $9.4 million expansion of Bell Memorial from a 12-acre park with four baseball fields to a nearly 30-acre multi-use facility with both passive and active recreation options.
The new park design will have four dedicated diamond (baseball/softball) fields with centerfield dimensions of 180, 200, 200 and 280 feet. There will also be two rectangular fields lined for football, soccer and lacrosse. The second field can also be set up as a 200-foot, fifth diamond field.
Programming between spring, summer and fall will vary the configuration of four diamonds and two rectangular fields versus five diamonds and one rectangular field.
Three input meetings were held for residents interested in the proposed Bell Memorial Park expansion project. Additionally, staff contacted representatives from 11stakeholder groups representing sports leagues, trails enthusiasts, equestrians, local neighborhoods and more to conduct focused research.
In May, Milton’s City Council approved the issuance of a $10 million revenue bond in order to fund City Hall in historic downtown Crabapple.
The bond means Milton taxpayers will not have to levy additional taxes or fees to build the municipal complex, set to open in April 2017. In addition, city funds will no longer be used to lease property taxpayers do not own - an important step to ensuring the most value for resident dollars.
The City Hall complex, which will be located between Crabapple Road and the existing Braeburn development, is slated to include offices, council chambers, meeting areas for residents and a town green for expansion of special events in Crabapple.
The Broadwell Road Pavilion, which began construction in October, will feature a 40-foot by 52-foot open pavilion with a large stone fireplace, restrooms and storage facilities.
Milton’s plans for the property include a farmer’s market and food truck event, Christmas in Crabapple and various other special projects. The site is located at 12615 Broadwell Road.