Homeowners in Cherokee Park are gearing up for a battle over a proposed development that will put a seven-story parking deck in their backyards.
The developers see the project as a potential gateway to the city.
The project, being co-developed by JLB Partners and Core Property Capital, will include a grocery store and a five-story apartment buildings. The company is asking the city of Sandy Springs for a variance to allow for higher ceilings in the apartment units, meaning the development will be taller than a the standard height of five stories.
It will be at near the intersection of Wieuca and Roswell roads, close to Chastain Park. The plans call for 700 apartment units. The project must be reviewed by the Atlanta Regional Commission as a development of regional impact because of its size.
Ron Comacho, co-chair of the JLB Development Review Committee for the Cherokee Park Civic Association, said residents are worried about increased traffic and the overall quality of the apartments.
“There’s a general concern that it’s not an appropriate development in terms of it being upscale enough for what we think the city wants to establish as the new trend for mixed-use development,” Comacho said.
Councilwoman Karen Meinzen McEnerny questioned whether it fits in with the city’s economic development goals.
“It’s a new property that holds promise but at this point it’s certainly needs to be looked at very carefully,” McEnerny said.
Hudson Hooks, regional partner JLB Partners, said the ARC review will require a traffic analysis.
“It’s a long process, but we’re going to be held to the same standard as everyone else in Sandy Springs,” he said.
Hooks said the apartments will attract well-heeled professionals.
“What we’re looking for is the type renter that wants to use Chastain Park, who works as a doctor or a high-paid nurse,” Hooks said.
Cherokee Park residents are calling for the backing of the city and other neighborhoods as they negotiate with JLB.
“With the stated objective of ‘preservation and creation of neighborhoods that provide an environment for the security and enjoyment of families and individuals’ as well as ‘enhanced property values and stable communities,’ as stated in the City’s Economic Development Plan, we believe the city will agree that this particular proposed project has lots of room for improvement,” civic association president Rob Meinzen said in a press release.