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District 1 candidates face voters

By John Schaffner editor@reporternewspaers.net The candidate forum at Brandon Hall School Sunday night Oct. 28 was the only opportunity for voters in Sandy Springs Council District 1 to hear the contenders’ views on issues facing the city and ask questions. The four candidates, Elizabeth Huffner, Doug MacGinnitie, Mark Thomas and Vicki Willard, for the most part sounded like they agreed with each other on just about every issue discussed. The lack of a large turnout at the forum suggested the majority of residents in the district may not care which of the candidates represents them during the remaining two years in the term of former Councilman Dave Greenspan. The election is Tuesday, Nov. 6. Except for one question asked by five members of the audience of candidate Vicki Willard, all candidates answered the same questions as posed to them by moderator Larry Young, president of the Sandy Springs Council of Neighborhoods and a city judge. That one question posed to Willard was how she answers concerns about any potential conflict of interest if she is elected, since her husband is the city’s attorney. Her answer: She has had the ethics code checked by several outside legal sources and has been assured there is no conflict of interest issue. When the other candidates were asked if they had any comment regarding that issue, MacGinnitie had no response, Huffner said it...

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First school meeting on redistricting draws 200

By Katie Fallon katiefallon@reporternewspapers.net Round one of the elementary school redistricting meetings is now over and the coming rounds promise to be increasingly contentious as parents across Sandy Springs vie for the most convenient attendance zones for their children and neighbors. On Oct. 23, the Fulton County School System held the first of three redistricting meetings designed to gather the public’s input on where attendance zones should be redrawn in order to accommodate two new elementary schools being built in the city. Although just the first round, which does not yet include tentative new boundaries, the meeting drew an estimated 200 parents to the cafeteria of North Springs High School The first of the two new schools, which is not yet named, is scheduled to open in August of next year at the corner of Lake Forrest Drive and Cliftwood Drive in the Forest Valley neighborhood. The second school, while still in the planning and design phase, is scheduled to open in August of 2009 near the intersection of Ison and Roswell roads. Both schools are designed for a core capacity of 850 students, but are being designed to accommodate a maximum capacity of between 1,100 and 1,200 students. The school system’s Planning Director Patrick Burke explained that since 2001, the county’s Board of Education has used a specific set of criteria to configure new attendance zones. Primary criteria...

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‘Revive285 top end’ goal is less congestion; Implementation of corridor fix may be 10-15 years off

By John Schaffner editor@reporternewspapers.net Motorists who drive any portion of the northern arc of I-285—between I-75 and I-85—likely are looking for some forthcoming fixes for the congestion that plagues that section of roadway daily—especially during rush hours. But in reality, they may have to wait until 2016 to 2025 for that fix to become complete. At least that is the forecast from two members of the Revive285 top end project team Oct. 25 during a three-hour public information open house at Riverwood High School in Sandy Springs. Revive 285 is a joint project of the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA). This was the third public information open house the task force has held as part of its mission to develop a comprehensive solution for the vital top end corridor. “Basically, we are taking the top end of I-285, from I-75 over to I-85, as one corridor-type project,” said Darryl D. VanMeter, assistant state urban design engineer in GDOT’s Office of Urban Design. “We are trying to look at all the different challenges and problems that we have with I-285 and take that through a holistic process where we can come up with the right solution for the corridor so that we can actually implement something. VanMeter said the task force was in its third round of meetings and has “gotten a lot...

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Business briefs

Sandy Springs design business gives back Garden and interior design business, chair in the air designs, inc. celebrated its 10th anniversary in business with an unusual “open house”. Owners Tammi Kosack and Deborah Garrard, along with 35 volunteer clients, contractors and vendors, spent a recent Saturday painting, sawing, caulking and cleaning a local Habitat for Humanity house. Additionally, the Sandy Springs company raised over $11,000 towards the Habitat house, and donations are still being received. “We planned the work day in order to give back to the community that has provided us such an abundant and diverse roster of clientele,” says Kosack. “We could not have done this without the generosity of our clients and contractors,” adds Garrard. The house, located in southwest Atlanta, is scheduled for its final workday on Oct. 20th, at which time chair in the air designs will be back to help add finishing. Isenberg & Hyman Assoc. and Veracor merge Sandy Springs-based Veracor Consulting Group and Isenberg & Hyman Associates have merged their insurance and benefit services businesses and will operate as Veracor. Martin Isenberg and Barry Hyman have been associates since 1969, helping families and businesses with insurance needs. In addition to Isenberg and Hyman the four other partners of Isenberg & Hyman Associates, located at 6151 Powers Ferry Road in Sandy Springs, are Chris Broyles, Ryan Coker, Frank Cochran and John Ellard....

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Major commercial real estate deals continuing in Perimeter

By John Schaffner editor@reporternewspapers.net All of the talk about trouble in the real estate and lending markets does not seem to have adversely affected new development and, for the most part, deals on existing developments in the Central Perimeter business market. Just a block away from where work has begun on a major mixed-use project at Abernathy Road and Georgia 400—which will include two high-rise office buildings, an upscale condominium project, a luxury hotel and retail space—is has been announced that Boca Raton, Fla.-based Crocker Partners LLC will build another 230,000 square feet in speculative office space at the corner of Barfield Road and Mount Vernon Highway. Construction on the project, named Two NorthPlace, is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2008 and be completed in about a year. The 10-story office building will be constructed on 2.2 acres the company purchased from Sandy Springs-based The Griffin Company and will offer 10,000 square feet of retail space, on-site restaurants, a fitness center and covered parking. That followed a recent announcement by Rubenstein Atlanta Perimeter LLC that it is proposing to build a 25-story office building and an 18-story, 200-room hotel across Georgia 400 at the intersection of Hammond Drive and Perimeter Center Parkway. That project, located near the Dunwoody MARTA rail station, is the third large mixed-use development to be proposed at the intersection. Novare plans to...

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