Monday, October 19, 2009

Calling All Candidates!

In the spirit of the recent Milton Peoples Forum, we at 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?

District 1

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.

District 3

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.

District 5

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.


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Anonymous said...

Tina, that is not where Crabapple is centered.

Once again, get your facts straight before you open your mouth.

Crabapple traditionally is defined as the crossroads of Broadwell Road, Crabapple Road, Mayfield Road, Birmingham Highway and Midbroadwell Road, encompassing an area approximately 1 mile in every direction from that point.

Anonymous said...

How can the City of Milton put one more thing at Crabapple when no one is even talking about fixing the intersection and the traffic mitigation. You cannot put one more thing on top of that intersection without addressing the road situation. That intersection is a nightmare just as it stands right now.

Anonymous said...

beignets, not "benets"

Anonymous said...

See, No one wants to talk about the traffic issue at that intersection, they just want to develop the heck out of it regardless of how this will affect the people who live near it, their property values, or the people who travel through it. They just want their buddies and relatives to make money off of it, period.

Anonymous said...

Noooo, the nimbies won't let them fix it. No fix, no permits, nothing. That's their dirty little secret.

Anonymous said...

If Karen Thurman, Bill Lusk, and Joe Longoria get elected the reality of Crabapple will be a huge development which will be a Train Wreck for that intersection and in Milton. The properties around the development will sell out because of the traffic, and it will spread like a cancer as people will want to get out of that area, which will bring re-zoning,and more commercialism and this will start the chain effect of expansion of development into the rural character of Milton, and Milton will be changed forever. Be careful who you put on Council.. our situation out here is unique and special and can be ruined easily with the wrong people on council who want to benefit the developers, friends and relatives who paid for their campaigns and put them in office.

Anonymous said...

What uninformed weirdo wrote that last post? Tired of "fear of development" quotes. Anyone who knows anything could tell you that city planners have already done a great job of managing future growth in Crabapple.

Anonymous said...

She really needs a crash course in the geography of Milton, (see previous statements about "Bethany Bend Road" and "Web"). By the way, to what historic society is she refering?

Anonymous said...

Hey Tina. It's funny you talk about going to eat at Miltons resturant but you were'nt going to eat there or shop the shoppes unless the owner took Longoria, Lusk and Thurman signs down. Now they are down you want to push Crabapple and its shoppes. How about the Olde Blind Dog? Did you threaten them also? You know what Tina? Word gets around about you and pretty soon because of blogs like this everyone will know. You people who drive through Crabapple everyday, did you not notice that all of a sudden the signs were down. Did you not wonder why. Think twice about reelecting someone who only wants what she can have in Crabapple, not what the 1 mile radius true Crabapple residents want! I wish they had kept the signs up so you would not even come near us!!!!!!!!