Author: John Ruch

Transform 285/400 traffic changes through April 30

The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced the latest round of lane and ramp closures and other traffic changes for Transform 285/400, its massive project to reconstruct the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange. Schedules may change based on the work and the weather. Ga. 400 lane closures April 20-22: Northbound and southbound between Hammond Drive and Abernathy Road, two left lanes, 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. April 21: Northbound and southbound between Hammond Drive and Abernathy Road, one left lane, 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. April 27-28: Northbound and southbound between Glenridge Connector and Pitts Road, alternating one right lane and one...

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Sandy Springs developer withdraws grocery-anchored concept, says cemetery is safe

A Sandy Springs developer is pulling back from a gigantic mixed-use proposal at Roswell and Pitts roads and saying the concept never involved relocating a historic cemetery, despite family members saying the company made recent offers. Heritage Capitol Partners had a redevelopment concept posted on its website for the Dunwoody Pointe apartments, an office complex and a 19-acre woodland that includes the historic Power family cemetery. The concept called for a Kroger-anchored project with hundreds of apartments and townhomes and several commercial buildings. “I’m taking the concept off the website,” said Joseph Ashkouti, principal at Heritage Capitol Partners, citing...

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Grocery-anchored Sandy Springs project could replace apartments, displace historic cemetery

A gigantic, grocery-anchored development proposed at Roswell and Pitts roads in Sandy Springs would demolish hundreds of existing apartments, clear a 19-acre woodland and possibly displace a historic cemetery where members of one of the city’s founding families were laid to rest. One descendent of that historic Power family is fighting the concept and calling for the woodland to become a city park. Sandy Springs-based developer Heritage Capitol Partners is now pulling back from its concept and says there never was an offer to relocate the cemetery. The conceptual plan of the massive project –covering roughly 40 acres with...

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In false-alarm war, Sandy Springs may reduce fines, change call system

In its fast-moving war with security companies over false alarms, Sandy Springs is proposing more tactical changes, including reducing fines and shifting automated alarm calls from the 911 center to the city’s non-emergency Call Center. In what has become a regular feature of City Council meetings, Police Chief Ken DeSimone  on April 17 gave new false-alarm stats and suggested more changes to a new city ordinance that puts alarm companies, rather than customers, on the hook for false alarms. In part, the chief’s reports are a way for the city to fire back on public relations statements in a...

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Sandy Springs serial rape suspect accused in six cases, police say

The Alabama man recently charged in Sandy Springs sexual assault cases is now a serial rape suspect tied by DNA evidence to three other cases spanning the past decade and three states, police said April 17. Police say they also suspect him in a sixth case and are investigating the possibility of more crimes. Matthew Moore, 48, of St. Clair County, Ala., is already in custody and faces charges in two local sexual assaults, one in 2010 and one in 2015. Sandy Springs Police say they collected Moore’s DNA following his March 30 arrest, which was then analyzed by...

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