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Mayor wants water rate cut from Atlanta

Sandy Springs residents pay 21 percent more for the drinking water they get from the city of Atlanta than residents of Atlanta pay and Sandy Springs Mayor Eva Galambos wants that changed. This is not a new issue. However, now that the city is incorporated the mayor feels it has the bargaining power residents previously did not have when they lived in an unincorporated part of Fulton County. What really angers Mayor Galambos is that, while Sandy Springs residents pay higher water rates than the residents of Atlanta, the water Sandy Springs gets is cheaper to deliver. She told a gathering of more than 40 Harry Norman Realtors agents and managers on Aug. 8 (see related story on page 15) that the water that comes to Sandy Springs, through the city of Atlanta’s Department of Watershed Management, actually comes from a plant in North Fulton that is an exceedingly more efficient and less costly operating plant than the Hemphill Plant that provides most of the water for Atlanta residents. The mayor indicated she intends to challenge the city of Atlanta regarding those higher water charges and evaluate alternatives that might result in lower water costs for Sandy Springs residents. –John...

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28-home plan on Glenridge OK’d despite butting heads

By Katie Fallon katiefallon@reporternewspapers.net Metropolis Homes developer Jason Yowell won a hard-fought fight at the Aug. 21 City Council meeting to develop 28 single family homes on 7.28 acres along Glenridge Drive between Johnson Ferry Road and Hammond Drive. The site includes what is known as the Wagon Stop house, which is believed to be one of the oldest surviving homes in what is now the city of Sandy Springs. The home, which has been added on to, is located on one of the seven lots Yowell is redeveloping for a subdivision that will be called Austin Place. It was built in 1835 and served as a rest stop for travelers and the area’s first courtroom. The approval, which came with a 4 to 2 vote, came only after councilmen Tibby DeJulio and Rusty Paul accused Yowell of threatening the council by saying he could sell the area within the development that he had promised to preserve as a one-acre private park on the Wagon Stop property. Yowell said he has received a letter of intent from a buyer who indicated he could build four homes on the site. “The biggest problem I have is for you to stand up there and threaten the City Council,” DeJulio told Yowell at the Tuesday evening meeting. “I don’t appreciate that. You’re saying that we could wind up with four houses. That...

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2 Sandy Springs neighbors vie for bites of bakery business

By Katie Fallon katiefallon@reporternewspapers.net Little European Bakery shares a 30-year tradition Sometimes taking over a business with strong community ties can be difficult for the new owner, but Mike Rogers has successfully done just that at the Little European Bakery. Though he had no prior baking experience, Rogers bought the bakery—which at the time was named Bruweiler’s—on Sandy Springs Circle in 1999. The bakery has been in the same location since 1981, and many long-time Sandy Springs residents remember it as Hoffer’s Bakery, which it remained until it switched owners for a few years in the mid-1990’s. But it was Bruweiler’s when Rogers bought the business. All together, the bakery has been in Sandy Springs for almost 30 years, originally being located in the Hancock Fabrics shopping center on Roswell Road—practically next door to where it is now. Rogers said he bought the bakery when he needed a career change. “I had always worked in corporate America and decided I was tired of being in corporate America,” Rogers said. “I wanted something else to do and was looking for a business to buy.” Because multiple generations of residents have been coming to the bakery for decades, Rogers said he was initially reluctant to change its name because many people still associated it with the original owner. “If we changed the name on the outside, we thought people would think...

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Business briefs

3 office buildings at Northpark in Sandy Springs are for sale In the late 1980s, Sandy Springs resident and famed Atlanta architect/developer John Portman developed the first two office towers near the intersection of Abernathy Road and Georgia 400 and named the development Northpark Town Center. A third building was added in 1998. All three buildings, comprising 1.5 million square feet of office space, have now been put on the market for sale by their owner the State of Michigan Retirement System. C. B. Richard Ellis is the broker. The 400 building was completed by Portman in 1986 at 1000 Abernathy Road, followed by the 500 building at 1100 Abernathy Road in 1989. The brownish granite and glass complex, which began the office park development around the intersection of Abernathy Road and Georgia 400, will be marketed worldwide, according to the broker. Northpark Town Center connects to the Sandy Springs MARTA rail station. Winans Coffee shop leaves CityWalk Winans Coffees and Chocolates, which was located in CityWalk for two years, has moved its operations to Marietta Square. Store owners Jackie and Scott Winans left a note on its doors to let customers know that the shop has moved to 160 Roswell St. in Marietta. The notice went on further to thank customers for their patronage. “We have enjoyed getting to know you and becoming friends with you over the...

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Heart of Hope Academy gets official accreditation

From staff reports Buckhead’s Heart of Hope Academy, a private school for children with special needs located at 3715 Wieuca Road NE, announced July 20 that it will accept its official accreditation from the Georgia Accrediting Commission’s Board of Commissioners. The school joins the ranks with 155 other private schools in the state. With its accreditation, Heart of Hope will be able to accept the Georgia’s special Needs Scholarship, which will make it possible for the cost of a special needs education to become more affordable, according to school officials. “Heart of Hope Academy is unique because the educators focus on each child individually,” said school founder and board chair Angela Matthiessen. “This way, we can teach them the proper skills according to the child’s disability. The children are taught many different subjects as well, such as vocal communication, technology and Special Olympics.” Following a similar program in Florida, Georgia’s legislature recently passed a bill creating a scholarship for special needs schools across the state. This new plan will allow extra funding for families that wish to move their children from a public school to a private, special needs institution. “Tuition expenses should not prevent a child from receiving the best education possible,” Matthiessen says. “This new program allows deserving families to enroll in schools that cater to the special needs of the child.” Heart of Hope Academy provides...

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