Sandy Springs City Council on Sept. 6 authorized using eminent domain to take a property needed for a City Springs parking lot if the owner won’t sell.

The empty lot at 170 Hilderbrand Drive is owned by Milton-based W.B. Holdings Hilderbrand LLC, according to Fulton County property records, and its registered agent is Adam Orkin, according to the city.

City Attorney Wendell Willard said the owner rejected a $300,000 purchase offer. The city won’t necessarily use eminent domain, but the council authorized its use as leverage in negotiations. No representative of the owner appeared to be present at the council meeting, but Willard said the owner was aware of the eminent domain vote.

The city has used eminent domain before as one way of acquiring property around its public-private City Springs development on Roswell Road at Johnson Ferry Road and Mount Vernon Highway. The 170 Hilderbrand lot is where the city wants to build a surface parking lot to serve City Springs.

“This is the last remaining parcel that is needed for the project,” Willard said.