By C. Julia Nelson
Two more parcels along Abernathy Road are in line for eminent domain to make way for the Abernathy road-widening project and an adjacent linear park.
During the April 1 Sandy Springs City Council meeting held at City Hall, 7840 Roswell Road, council members voted unanimously to invoke eminent domain to appropriate the property at 43 Abernathy Rd. Wendell Willard, the city’s attorney, said after negotiations with the current owners reached an impasse, the city had the property appraised and will pay $113,500 for the parcel.
“We’re going forward with the condemnation of this parcel,” Willard said.
This parcel, owned by Shahrokh and Shohreh Deljoo is located within the Longacres Subdivision just east of Wright Road and west of Roswell Road.
Additionally, council voted 6-0 a second time during the meeting to again use eminent domain for the appropriation of property, this time at 211 Abernathy Road. Owned by Robert Lesesne, this property is located within the Arthur H. Vogel Subdivision between Roswell and Wright roads. Negotiations at this location also reached an impasse.
City staff had an appraisal done and determined that the fair market value for this parcel is $422,800.
“Negotiations have failed,” Willard said. “We would encourage council to enact eminent domain.”
Both properties are on the south side of Abernathy and funding for both is budgeted in the Transportation Capital Improvement Plan.
To date 20 acquisitions have closed; of those, 13 have been demolished and three are being vacated. One parcel is in the process of acquisition, five have been condemned and another 15 are scheduled to undergo an asbestos inspection by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT).
In other business, council approved two alcoholic beverage license applications for H & L Food Mart on North Ridge Road and Food Mart Citgo on Dunwoody Place.