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Rendering shows GA 400 after toll booth closures

From Atlanta INtown: Motorists who use Georgia 400 will be shifted into the three “cruise lanes” when toll collection ends on Nov. 21. The Georgia Department of Transportation has posted a rendering of how the traffic will shift (click photo above for larger image). GDOT officials announced Tuesday that Southeastern Site Development had been chosen to dismantle the toll plazas, a process that will take about a year. The Nov. 21 date to end tolls was selected to lessen the impact on Thanksgiving holiday travel. In the case of inclement weather, the ending date will be moved to Nov. 22 or 23. Demolition work on the north and southbound toll plazas will take place after the winter holidays. For more about the project, visit this...

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Sandy Springs National Night Out is Aug. 6

Sandy Springs Police have announced details for the annual “National Night Out” event, to be held Aug.  6 at Hammond Park. The event, observed nationwide, is focused on raising awareness about crime and crime prevention. The Aug. 6 event begins at 5 p.m. Here is the full press release from Sandy Springs Police: National Night Out – Tuesday, August 6, 2013 What National Night Out is and why we do it.  National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime”, began in 1984 as an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police/community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Executive Director,  Matt Peskin,  introduced National Night Out in 1984.The first National Night Out took place on Tuesday,  August 7th,  1984. That first year, 2.5 million Americans took part across 400 communities in 23 states. The seed had been planted. National Night Out now involves over 37 million people and 15,000 communities from all fifty states, U.S. Territories,  Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. The traditional “lights on” campaign and symbolic front porch vigils turned into a celebration across America with various events and activities including, but not limited to, block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from emergency personnel, rallies and marches, exhibits, youth events, safety demonstrations and seminars, in an effort to heighten awareness and enhance community...

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Atlanta Police officers continue living in Buckhead

The Buckhead Coalition says four Atlanta Police Officers have renewed their commitment to living in Buckhead. The officers received a financial incentive provided by the Coalition and the Atlanta Police Foundation in exchange for moving into the community. In a press release, the Coalition said the four officers had reached their one year anniversary. The coalition reports that 15 officers have taken advantage of the incentives. Each officer is eligible for up to $3,000, with $1,000 coming from the Police Foundation. Coalition President Sam Massell called it a “win-win” for everyone. “There are uniformed men and women visiting grocery stores, restaurants, and other business establishments daily,” Massell said in the press release. “ … They live among us and move through our community in a way that greatly increases the exposure of law enforcement (and is) a genuine deterrent to...

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Residential towers proposed for Piedmont and Lenox

By Chuck Stanley A Florida-based developer has moved closer to approval for two residential towers in Buckhead after gaining support from Atlanta’s Zoning Review Board at the body’s July 11 meeting. Despite concerns that the project might bring increased traffic to the busy intersection of Piedmont and Lenox Roads, the board voted unanimously in support of a zoning change that would allow mixed-use development at the site and bring the land into Buckhead’s Special Public Improvement 12 district. The developer, Crocker Partners, obtained the 6.5-acre parcel when it purchased the Prominence in Buckhead office tower from TIAA-CREF, Equity Office, and the Blackstone Group in August 2012. A second office tower was approved for construction on the site at the same time as Prominence, but was never developed.  Now, Crocker plans to build a pair of towers, standing 26 and 19 stories high, that would contain a total of 703 residential units. “We’re excited about this project,” Crocker Partners’ Christopher Eachus told ZRB members.  “We acquired the site a little less than a year ago with the intention to rezone the land with the intention of going with multifamily development.” Lawyer Carl Westmoreland, who represents Crocker Partners, told the board that Buckhead CID and NPU-B had asked the developer to request SPI-12 zoning in order to permit possible future streetscape improvements and incorporation of the land into PATH400, the proposed...

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