By Katie Fallon
katiefallon@reporternewspapers.net

The city’s Design Review Board (DRB) recently made way for the makeover of two Roswell Road shopping centers that have not been revitalized in two decades.

Hammond Springs, which is located on the southeast corner of Roswell Road and Hammond Drive, is a 62,385 square foot shopping center that was built in 1985.

The proposed changes to the shopping center include enhancing the existing facade to match the new construction. The new facade will include painted brick veneer, decorative ribed metal trim, metal and fabric awnings and a metal deck with a built up roof system and steel framing.

Site improvements will include new sidewalks and landscaping, with decorative pavers, decorative pole lighting, trees, prennial flowers and shrubs.

The petitioner for the renovations, MSTSD, is also proposing two new buildings along Roswell Road that will total 6,914 square feet.

Architect Jason Sims said all of the proposed changes adhere to the requirements of the Overlay District.

The DRB voted unanimously, with member Yvonne Rizzo recusing herself, to approve the project with a set of 12 recommendations included by the Department of Community Development. Board chairman Colin Lichtnestein said he was pleased to see that staff took all of the DRB’s concerns, following MSTSD’s original appearance before the the board, into account when making its recommendations.

The DRB also gave unanimous approval for plans to renovate a small strip center just north of the Roswell Road and Hammond Drive interesction. Currently including space for just three tenants, the center is located on the west side of Roswell Road between Dunkin Donuts and Botany Bay, just north of Sandy Springs Place, and includes 6064, 6066 and 6068 Roswell Road.

Currently, only the center tenant space is occupied by Micronet Solutions.

Sara Butler, who represents petitioner Pimler Hoss, said the company hopes to maintain a more cohesive look for the property.

“They’re hoping to get one tenant so it would read better as one building,” Butler said.

The Pimler Hoss project will also need final approval from the city council.

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