In response to Dalton-Whitfield residents’ desire for an inviting interstate presence, an Archway issue work group chaired by Executive Committee alumnus David Gregg spent the last several months interfacing with local property owners and University System of Georgia resources to develop a plan to revitalize the area directly off of I-75's Exit 333. Over the summer, Samuel Kelleher, a graduate student in the UGA College of Environment and Design, put the group’s ideas to paper and developed a three phase design that ultimately renovates, revitalizes and connects the Market Street area, the old Kroger shopping center located behind the Walnut Avenue Chick-fil-A, and Dug Gap Road.
Samuel’s work was presented to the Dalton-Whitfield Archway Executive Committee in September. The group is unanimously supportive of the plan and authorized the Dalton-Whitfield Joint Development Authority to promote and seek public and private support for it.
In October, Joint Development Authority Director Elyse Cochran shared the Market Street plan with both the Dalton City Council and the Whitfield County Commission. That presentation is described in more detail here.