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Joe Earle Posted by on February 23, 2015.

Sandy Springs planning commission defers decision on mixed-use projects near City Center

Kirk Demetrops shows members of the Sandy Springs Planning Commission renderings of proposed designs for a mixed-use development on Roswell Road.

Kirk Demetrops shows members of the Sandy Springs Planning Commission renderings of proposed designs for a mixed-use development on Roswell Road.

The Sandy Springs Planning Commission will wait until its next meeting to decide whether to approve mixed-use zoning for two large tracts on Roswell Road.

The proposed developments at 6125 Roswell Road and 6075 and 6077 Roswell Road would redevelop a significant portion of the land east of Roswell Road and south of Hildebrand Drive near the site of the planned City Center.

City officials plan to build a new city office building and performing arts center at the intersection of Johnson Ferry and Roswell roads as part of effort to spark a remaking of the city core.

Two developers showed the planning commissioners on Feb. 19 redevelopment plans for their Roswell Road properties. Both proposed mixed-use developments including housing and shops. Votes on the proposals were delayed until the commission’s March meeting.

“It’s an exciting time to be on this planning commission as we look at projects like this that are going to rejuvenate our downtown,” Commissioner Jim Squire said.

MCRT Investments Inc. proposes building about 450 apartments, a parking deck and 40,000 square feet of restaurants and shops on 5 acres at 6125 Roswell Road. Camden USA proposes to build 316 apartments, a parking deck and 3,300 square feet of retail and office space on 4 acres at 6075 and 6077 Roswell Road.

Several commissioners criticized the Camden projects as containing too little commercial development and too large a percentage of apartments to fit the city’s plans for the city center.

“You don’t meet mixed-use [requirements]. It’s not there,” said Commissioner Dave Nickles. “Having a retail office and then a massive apartment complex, it’s not mixed use.”