Author: John Ruch

Sandy Springs aims to start Hammond widening study, buy another house

Sandy Springs City Council will decide Dec. 6 whether to start a long-awaited study and design of widening Hammond Drive between Barfield and Roswell roads. And the council also will vote on buying yet another Hammond house as a placeholder if the widening project is ever carried out. The largely two-lane stretch of Hammond Drive through the area has been the focus of widening proposals for a decade. The proposals have been locally controversial, but got good overall public support as an item on the city’s transportation special local option sales tax ballot question that Fulton County voters approved...

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Sandy Springs reverses land-use change that fueled townhome dispute

The city of Sandy Springs has reversed a change to its draft land-use plan that would have permitted a controversial 28-unit townhome project to replace eight houses in the Glenridge Hammond neighborhood. The city decided to keep the properties as a “Protected Neighborhood” rather than a higher-density designation in response to “strong community input,” said city spokesperson Sharon Kraun. The draft land-use plan, known as the Comprehensive Plan, is headed to a City Council vote Dec. 6. It is unclear what impact the land-use reversal has on the townhome plan by Sandy Springs-based Monte Hewitt Homes. The company could...

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Buckhead’s PATH400 link to Perimeter Center nears design

Bicyclists and pedestrians could be traveling the PATH400 multi-use trail between Buckhead and Perimeter Center in about four years as a design process for a “missing link” recently gained Sandy Springs approval. The Sandy Springs City Council on Nov. 15 approved $160,000 in matching funds for design of a PATH400 extension north of Loridans Drive to the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange. A transportation-targeted sales tax boost approved by Fulton County voters Nov. 8 is estimated to raise $5.5 million for construction. “This is a big step for our community. … This is really a monumental night tonight,” Sandy Springs City...

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Buckhead tornado confirmed by National Weather Service

A tornado reported as touching down in Buckhead Nov. 30 was confirmed by the National Weather Service, based on fallen trees and other damage. An NWS storm damage survey site shows the tornado tracked west to east for about 2 miles, from the area of Margaret Mitchell Drive and I-75 to the intersection of Habersham and West Paces Ferry roads, near the Governor’s Mansion. Tornado damage is rated on the “EF-Scale,” with EF-0 being the least damaging and EF-5 the most damaging. The NWS rated the Buckhead tornado as rating from EF-0 to EF-1. That means that, based on the...

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Video game industry ‘ecosystem’ gets local boosts

As Georgia’s video game industry booms, so are local efforts to help organize and sustain it. An October conference at Sandy Springs’ Launch Media Network brought a hundred professionals together to share ideas, and in November, DeKalb County debuted a Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Commission. The efforts all are about developing “the media of the 21st century” the way metro Atlanta in the previous century developed the likes of CNN and Turner, said Andrew Greenberg, who is one of the new DeKalb commission’s members as well as executive director of the Georgia Game Developers Association. Launch Media is...

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