In the spirit of the recent Milton Peoples Forum, we at Accessmilton.com thought it would be a good idea to continue to offer questions to all six candidates. As the campaign season comes closer to a close, look for a new "Call All Candidates" question every two days until election day.
Today's question asked the candidates:
1. What is your vision of Crabapple in five years?
1. Karen Thurman - "I would love to see Crabapple become a true live/work/play area of Milton. This would include open space and parks for family picnics.Walking and bike trails connecting the entire area. More restaurants with outdoor eating areas and quaint specialty shops. Community buildings including possibly an arts center.
I think the Master Plan needs to be updated so that Crabapple can become one of the true gathering spots for the city. The revised plan should focus on concentrating any new development to a more compact area close to the crossroads and insure that there is a proper transition to the low density residential surrounding the area. One of the keys to making this happen is transportation related. We must find a way for people to safely cross Crabapple Road which would allow better pedestrian traffic between the establishments on the two sides of the road."
2. Bernard Wolff - Mr. Wolff did not respond to this question.
1. Bill Lusk - "My vision for Crabapple in five years is that it be a live/work/play community. It will incorporate public services and be the southern Gateway to our fair city. It will contain architectural examples of the historic character that we all promote. It will be the destination for a variety of dining and shopping. I will bea walkable community reminiscent of Norman Rockwell'ssmall town America. It will be as great as we want it to be. It will be a work in progress."
2. Al Trevillyan - Mr. Trevillyan did not respond to this question.
1. Tina D'Aversa - "Centered today at the crossroads of Georgia Highways 140 and 372 (also known as "the Silos area"), Crabapple, Georgia, is one of the oldest parts of Fulton County, Georgia. Originally part of Cherokee County, Georgia, (founded 1830), Crabapple was part of the land contributed in 1857 to form Milton County, Georgia. As a result of the Great Depression, Milton County was later absorbed into Fulton County in 1932. The historic heart of Crabapple is anchored by an historic brick building at the crossroads of Crabapple Road-Mayfield Road, Birmingham Road-Broadwell Road, and Mid-Broadwell Road. In 2006, a portion of Crabapple was one of several communities incorporated into the new city of Milton; historic Crabapple is now split between the cities of Milton, Roswell, and Alpharetta.
My vision for Crabapple is a destination for fine dining restaurants, eateries and shopping that nestle inside upscale single family homes. There will be parks, green space and walking trails surrounding the community. Milton’s Crabapple is to be a showcase for Milton that houses a historic society and quaint bed and breakfast for visitors. Crabapple will grow to include more of the border of Alpharetta and Milton.
Landscaping will be beautiful and unique and horse drawn carriages will roll up and down the cobblestone-like streets. The most unique aspect of Crabapple will be the Crabapple Trees.
The crabapple is a small tree growing 10' to 30 ' in height at maturity. When planted close together, the trees will form small thickets which are excellent for wildlife. They have extremely fragrant white or pink blossoms which appear early spring through May. After flowering a sweet-sour apple forms that is less than 2" in size making it a wonder snack for wildlife. Many crabapple trees will hold their small fruits all winter, providing food for white-tail deer and birds such as pheasants, mockingbirds, white-throated sparrow, northern flickers and finches. Squirrels also enjoy the crabapple and will provide cleanup duty for those that fall on the ground.
These trees will be planted throughout Crabapple.
The Alpharetta Government center will be purchased by either Milton or the historic society and turned into a museum.
Many people speak of Crabapple as a destination but I know that in order to preserve this historical area, we must make it unique.
One of the restaurants will create unique dish that people come from miles around to eat. Like the Benet’s in New Orleans. The dish might be shrimp grits at Milton’s or Fried Pickles at The Olde Blind Dog. But, this dish coupled with the Crabapple Trees will make Crabapple unique and a destination."
2. Joe Longoria - Mr. Longoria did not respond to this question.