Mayor Eva Galambos isn’t officially retiring as Mayor on Jan. 7, but before she has one loose end to tie up before she goes.

The old Target building on Johnson Ferry Road will be demolished, the first visible sign of the city’s downtown revitalization project.

Galambos worked for decades to help Sandy Springs become a city, and didn’t like the development that currently houses the old Target site. It began as a Richway retail store. In the 80s, Target purchased many of the old stores and converted them. The city bought the old Target site in 2005 for $8 million after the company moved farther south to the Prado shopping center.

“We had high hopes in realizing the potential of this area back in 1967, when we first heard Richway would locate here.  What was hoped for and what was realized did not match. Tearing down this building to replace it with a live, work and entertainment district that creates a community core for the city is a tremendous way for me to end my term as mayor,” Galambos said in the press release.

The ceremonial demolition will take place on Jan. 6 at 10 a.m.

“The public is welcomed to watch as one era ends and a new downtown area is created for Sandy Springs,” the press release says.

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