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Spotlight on…Mosaic in Buckhead

Restaurant Reporter Jan Butsch Schroder I love my hometown of Atlanta. But during times when my immediate view is one of unending car bumpers with R-rated bumper stickers and grouchy commuters, I turn to fantasies of life in a town where the only hold-up on the road is caused by folks stopping to buy homemade peach pies and chow-chow. Such was the case when I was driving recently to Mosaic, located on Maple Drive right near the insanity-producing intersection of Peachtree and Piedmont. It was a journey from new Atlanta – where the former gracious mansions that lined Peachtree Street have long since fallen prey to the bulldozer– back to the old Buckhead, where cozy cottages lined the side streets. This charming restaurant is located in just such a house, although the bungalow has been decorated to more modern tastes with warm colors and contemporary art. If the weather is nice and you seek a quieter dining experience, enjoy the large garden terrace. Executive Chef Darrell Rice, a South Georgia native who grew up hunting, fishing and even butchering, has worked at several Atlanta restaurants, including Canoe and Old Vinings Inn. He shared his philosophy of the Mediterranean-inspired menu at Mosaic. “Mosaic does not represent a fusion of dishes but rather putting together the pieces of a puzzle – our menu,” he said. “Each dish is a piece of...

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City receives ethics designation

From staff reports The City of Sandy Springs received the “Certified City of Ethics” designation at the Georgia Municipal Association’s (GMA) Annual Convention in Savannah on June 26. The designation makes Sandy Springs one of 189 cities in Georgia to receive the honor. “This is another milestone in the city’s history,” said City Manager John McDonough. “This holds the city accountable to very high standards, standards we are very proud to achieve.” The voluntary program, developed by a panel of business and government leaders, encourages cities to adopt and adhere to a set of key ethical principles and a comprehensive model ethics ordinance. The ordinance guides city officials’ conduct in areas such as financial disclosures, conflicts of interest and outside employment. It also contains strong penalty provisions – including public reprimands, fines and removal from office – for city officials who violate the ordinance. A panel of attorneys reviewed the ordinances to determine if they comply with the criteria set by GMA. The city received a plaque and is now authorized by GMA to use a “Certified City of Ethics” logo on its stationery, road signs, city vehicles and other uses. Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that provides legislative advocacy, educational, employee benefit and consulting services to its 500 member...

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Board approves strip center renovations

By Katie Fallon katiefallon@reporternewspapers.net The city’s Design Review Board (DRB) recently made way for the makeover of two Roswell Road shopping centers that have not been revitalized in two decades. Hammond Springs, which is located on the southeast corner of Roswell Road and Hammond Drive, is a 62,385 square foot shopping center that was built in 1985. The proposed changes to the shopping center include enhancing the existing facade to match the new construction. The new facade will include painted brick veneer, decorative ribed metal trim, metal and fabric awnings and a metal deck with a built up roof system and steel framing. Site improvements will include new sidewalks and landscaping, with decorative pavers, decorative pole lighting, trees, prennial flowers and shrubs. The petitioner for the renovations, MSTSD, is also proposing two new buildings along Roswell Road that will total 6,914 square feet. Architect Jason Sims said all of the proposed changes adhere to the requirements of the Overlay District. The DRB voted unanimously, with member Yvonne Rizzo recusing herself, to approve the project with a set of 12 recommendations included by the Department of Community Development. Board chairman Colin Lichtnestein said he was pleased to see that staff took all of the DRB’s concerns, following MSTSD’s original appearance before the the board, into account when making its recommendations. The DRB also gave unanimous approval for plans to renovate...

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Sandy Springs needs a Historic Registry

By Joseph Mayson A wise government takes a firm leadership role in protecting and sustaining its resources, especially its water quality, its healthy mature trees, and its unique history. Sadly, under the guise of “protecting individual property owners’ rights,” our own City Council so far has continued to put the convenience of developers ahead of the conservation of our resources. When we recently questioned the Mayor about the possibility of a Historic Preservation Ordinance, she replied, “Why have one if we know we are not going to put any ‘teeth’ into it?” Why indeed? Unknown to many residents and most visitors, Sandy Springs does have a rich cultural identity and an architectural heritage which in the past 30 years of unrestrained growth has been mostly overlooked or deliberately destroyed—forever. As long as our elected officials are unwilling to provide any protection or any incentives for protection to save our surviving historic structures, then what can they at the very least do to officially support community acceptance of this important responsibility? In lieu of a preservation ordinance, we support the concept of a Historic Registry. Using an updated version of the 1995 Fulton County inventory of historic structures, we could identify all those built before 1932 as well as any of particular architectural, cultural, and historic significance built since then. Sadly, most of this revision would simply be a matter...

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City’s light fixtures are unattractive

Several years ago as part of a beautification plan, new light fixtures were purchased to line streets and sidewalks in Sandy Springs. I refer to these fixtures as “bobble-head” fixtures. To me, it’s obvious why they remind me of bobble heads. The fixtures are very unattractive; out-of-proportion; and of poor quality. The “heads” of the fixtures are too large for the poles and pole bases. The poles, even if installed correctly, are likely to “lean”. I find the fixtures to be an embarrassment for the new city of Sandy Springs. I contacted Mayor Galambos in December of 2005 about my concerns and received no reply. Sandy Springs needs to adopt a high-quality, civic-style light fixture and not purchase one more Bobble Head. Surely I am not the only one who finds the bobble-head fixtures to be offensive. Compare the elegant, timeless City of Atlanta standard fixtures to the bobble-heads. Surely Sandy Springs can do better. Go to www.springcity.com for numerous appropriate light fixtures. Joe...

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