Author: Reporter Newspapers

Abernathy 400 proclaimed ‘gateway to Sandy Springs’

By John Schaffner editor@reporternewspapers.net During groundbreaking ceremonies July 17, Sandy Springs Councilwoman Ashley Jenkins proclaimed the Abernathy 400 mixed-use development at Ga. 400 and Abernathy Road the “gateway to Sandy Springs.” Kris Miller, president of Ackerman & Co., went a step further proclaiming the $270 million office, retail, hotel and condominium development the “gateway to Perimeter Center and to Sandy Springs” to the 50 plus representatives of development partners, city and county officials and interested parties on hand. Highlight of the event was when Jenkins climbed up on a large backhoe and used it to dig the first ceremonial dirt for the development. Abernathy Development Partners, a venture of Ackerman & Co. and Russell New Urban Development, is developing 550,000 square feet of office space in two buildings, 20,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and restaurant space and a 400-room hotel on the site. At the same time, Atlanta-based Lane Co. is developing Serrano, a 150-unit Mediterranean-themed condominium community, with prices starting in the low $300,000 range, and 6,500 square feet of vertically integrated retail. The first phase will involve the development of Serrano, with the second phase, to begin in 2008, encompassing the hotel, office and retail space. Although Ackerman & Co. Chairman Charles Ackerman was unable to attend the event, Russell New Urban Development was represented by its President Jerome Russell and Russell & Company founder Herman...

Read More

Council denies, defers several contested zoning applications

By John Schaffner editor@reporternewspapers.net The approval of six alcoholic beverage licenses and changing of the name of West Nancy Creek Drive to Curry Drive were about the only uncontested, non controversial agenda items taken up by the Sandy Springs City Council during its four hour meeting July 17. For the record, those establishments now legally serving alcoholic beverages are: Tony’s Sports Bar and Grill, 8610 Roswell Road; La Rumba, 6317 Roswell Road; Mellow Mushroom, 6100 Roswell Road; Sultan Restaurant, 5920 Roswell Road; The Bookhaus & Company, 227 Sandy Springs Circle, and Nothing But Noodles, 6080 Roswell Road. Applicants for street abandonments and rezonings didn’t have as easy a time with the council and residents who spoke their minds during the public comment periods. An attempt to get the city to abandon an undeveloped portion of Green Pine Drive failed when it was pointed out by several speakers that this is a much-used back entrance to Ridgeview Park by residents along the property and their children. Green Pine Drive runs off Trimble Road into the park. A resolution seeking abandonment of a section of Forestwood Lane from Lake Forrest Drive to a cul-de-sac and Woodgreen Drive from its intersection with Forestwood Lane caused Councilman Dave Greenspan to move to have the issue deferred until the Fulton County School Board comes to agreement with the city on negotiations for a park...

Read More

Spotlight on …. barbecue

Restaurant Reporter Jan Butsch Schroder The South didn’t invent barbecue, but we can sure lay a claim to perfecting it. Here are a few places in Sandy Springs and Buckhead to get your fill of perfect pork. They claim barbecue so good you’ll oink and you may let out a squeal as well after tasting Pig-N-Chik’s ribs and pork. Also on the menu are turkey and smoked salmon, the usual side dishes and Redneck Nachos, which are fries smothered in cheddar cheese and topped with chunks of pork. For dessert try chocolate cream pie, pecan pie or a moon pie. 4920 Roswell Road, 404-255-6368; 5071 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, 770-451-1112, www.pignchik.net The cue at One Star Ranch is Texas-style and the side items are made from scratch. Look for the usual items as well as barbecue salads served in a taco shell. Some weekly specials include beer bucket Sundays, $5 margaritas on Monday nights, live blues on Tuesdays, country music on Thursdays and other live bands on the weekends. Buckhead: 25 Irby Avenue, 404-233-7644; Alpharetta: 732 North Main, onestarranch.com As the name says, Ribs Etc. has been serving smothered slabs of pork and more since 1986. Check out the barbecue sundae – pork layered with cole slaw, baked beans and topped with a pickle. They also serve hamburgers, salmon and a limited selection of sandwiches. 4233 Roswell Road, 404-843-8200, www.ribsetc.com...

Read More

Big Trees’ Charlie Cochrane remembered for shaping lives

By Katie Fallon katiefallon@reporternewspapers.net The July 22 memorial for Big Tree Forest Preserve director Charlie Cochrane saw no shortage of mourners who sang praises of Cochrane’s dedication to the nature park. The following is a selection of comments from those who knew and worked with Cochrane over the years. “I met Charlie in the forest, but not this forest. Charlie loved Big Trees, but if he ever cheated on Big Trees, it was with Schweitzer [Nature Preserve]. We showed up in the middle of the woods and this guy comes tromping out of the woods with his cap on and a whole bunch of privet trailing behind him and said, ‘Hey, I’m Charlie.’ That was the beginning of a relationship that I really think changed my life.” “If I ever met an individual who was able to channel God through nature, it was Charlie Cochrane. The beautiful thing about it was he didn’t let it stop there. It was not a two-way communication. He used that to reach out to all of us and to share that love, to share the spiritual healing and to share with all of us what nature did for him. But more importantly, what nature did through him.” -Fredda McDonald, Big Trees board member “Charlie looked at this as getting to go out and play every day. He actually came early because he wanted...

Read More

Development for Glenridge, with historic site, hits a snag

By Katie Fallon katiefallon@reporternewspapers.net One local developer has hit another hurdle in his plan to build 28 single-family homes on seven present home sites along Glenridge Drive—a plan that includes saving the historic Wagon Stop House. Jason Yowell and Metropolis Homes are asking for five concurrent variances for a plan that includes building the 28 homes on 7.28-acres along Glenridge Drive between Johnson Ferry Road and Hammond Drive. Within the plan, Yowell has committed to creating an easement that would have the Wagon Stop maintained in perpetuity by the homeowners’ association of the development. At the July 19 Planning Commission meeting, however, Yowell’s plan was rejected in large part because of his insistence to stay at his requested density of 3.85 units per acre. The Wagon Stop House sits on one of the seven lots currently in the area of the development. Built in 1835, it is one of the oldest surviving structures in Sandy Springs and was used to host travelers and as the area’s first courtroom. Today, the home has retained only a small portion of its historic nature. The original space now serves as the dining room of a home located at the corner of Glenridge and Johnson Ferry Road. Some logs from the original structure remain in the face of several additions made over the years. City staff recommended conditional approval of Yowell’s plan, but...

Read More
Subscribe to our daily & weekly emails with community news

Subscribe to our daily & weekly emails with community news

You have Successfully Subscribed!