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Greenspan offers parting thoughts on city & Dist. 1; Leaving for Ohio job, the former councilman praises city progress, assesses constituent needs

Dave Greenspan resigned from his Sandy Springs Dist. 1 City Council post in late August to accept a position as CEO of a golf technology company in Ohio. He sat down for an interview with the Reporter on the morning of Sept. 1. The following is from that interview. After almost two years as a founding member of the Sandy Springs City Council, Dave Greenspan, the first of the city’s council members to resign, said, “I think we are definitely much better off as a city and the citizens have really embraced what is going on. “The community went through such a long struggle to get here and really embraced the idea of local governance….bringing government to its lowest common denominator,” the 42-year-old Greenspan added. “It is weird when you think back about how many folks have been involved in this for so long. I think that is why we have had the success that we have had and we haven’t had some of the challenges that some of the other emerging cities have had in Fulton County.” The governance of the new city of Sandy Springs was one subject Greenspan talked about with the Reporter. But most of the discussion focused on the differences between the north and south parts of the city, the special citizen needs in District 1, which he has served for almost two years,...

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Business briefs

Whole Foods to donate 5% of Aug. 30 sales to cancer aid The Whole Foods Market in Sandy Springs has selected the Georgia Cancer Foundation (GFC) as the recipient of their “5% Day” on Aug. 30. Four times a year, Whole Foods contributes 5% of one day’s sales to a deserving non-profit organization. So on Thursday, Aug. 30, the Sandy Springs Whole Foods, 5930 Roswell Road, will be contributing 5% of that day’s sales of organic goods to fight cancer. Rudy Morgan, Executive Director of GCF, said he is thrilled with the newly formed partnership. “Many organizations apply for this program, but obviously only a few can benefit,” said Morgan. “We are grateful to Whole Foods for stepping up and getting involved in Georgia’s effort to curb and eradicate cancer.” Georgia Cancer Foundation, which is based in Atlanta, provides education, early detection, and support for Georgia residents affected by all types of cancer. RockBridge Bank names 2 to its board RockBridge Commercial Bank has appointed Carol Cookerly, president of Cookerly Public Relations and Rebecca I. Flick, vice president and treasurer for The Home Depot, as two new members to its board of directors. Cookerly and Sandy Springs resident Flick join a board that includes Carll Burr, Bud Carter, John Collins, James Grein, David Hanson, Charles Lipman, William Porter, Lawrence Smith, Dr. D. Arnold Tillman and David Zalik. Cookerly founded...

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Mayor addresses Sandy Springs issues with Harry Norman agents, management

By John Schaffner editor@reporternewspapers.net Mayor Eva Galambos relayed her “state of Sandy Springs” to more than 40 Harry Norman Realtors agents and management recently, specifically addressing some of their concerns on items such as development density in the city, protection of the neighborhoods and the city’s restrictions on temporary real estate signs. Addressing the issue of density of development in the city, the mayor told the group which met Aug. 8 at the firm’s Sandy Springs office at 5920 Roswell Road, that buildings along Roswell Road in the central business district can go six stories high. “If you assemble five acres or more, we will look at more than six stories,” the mayor added. “In the downtown area, we are looking for mixed-use developments.” She said the idea along Roswell Road is to “take these little parcels and put them together.” She also hinted to the group that one developer is planning to soon announce a major development “that everyone will be thrilled about.” She indicated the city does not want the type of density in downtown Sandy Springs that is developing along Peachtree Road in Buckhead “or anywhere in Sandy Springs, except immediately adjacent to the Interstate (highway). So, around the four entrances to I-285, there are no restrictions on height.” The mayor added that the city is saying to developers, that in return for that height, “do...

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Severe storm topples trees, cuts power to Huntcliff, Roberts Road area of city

The northern part of Sandy Springs was hit late Friday afternoon (Aug. 17) with what has been described as a possible small twister, a micro burst or just a severe thunderstorm with very high winds. There has been no confirmation of a twister, but whatever it was it wreaked havoc in Huntcliff and along Roberts Drive and kept the Sandy Springs Police and Fire Department busy for hours, along with crews from the city’s Public Works Department and Georgia Power. According to Councilwoman Dianne Fries, there was a fire on Pond House Street in Huntcliff which was caused by a lightning strike, and several homes in the neighborhood were hit by fallen trees. She reported that one was at 9310 Huntcliff Trace. Three trees also blocked the roadway, but were removed by fire department personnel. Along Roberts Drive near the Nigerian Consulate’s house, Fries said three or four trees went down in his yard and knocked down a telephone pole and power transformer. Georgia Power had the power back on by 7 a.m. Saturday. Fries sent an email to city personnel Saturday alerting them to the fact the storm might put the city’s new “emergency permitting” procedure to trial as homeowners sought to get repair work done to their damaged homes. However, the Reporter was told Aug. 21 that no one had sought an emergency permit. Tuesday, Aug. 21...

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Commission approves rezoning for Prado space

By Katie Fallon katiefallon@reporternewspapers.net At the Aug. 17 meeting of the city’s Planning Commission, the redevelopment of the Prado shopping center just south of I-285 received approval of a rezoning request that removes a 2.07-acre tract of land from the original 27.15 acres being redeveloped by the Sembler Company. The rezoning was approved with a vote of 4 to 3. Prior to the meeting, the city’s Planning and Zoning staff in the Department of Community Development recommended approval of Prado LLC’s concurrent variance request to reduce the number of required parking spaces. The applicant will still need final approval from the City Council, but it now has tentative approval to rezone the site to develop a 20,331 square foot retail space and reduce the number of required parking spaces from 102 to no less than 74. The rezoning is part of an overall 345,000 square foot retail and office space redevelopment that will bring such big-name retailers as Target, Home Depot and Publix to the Prado and its surrounding area. The issue did bring some controversy before the commission members even began their discussion. Two days prior to the Planning Commission meeting, the Design Review Board (DRB) was scheduled to hear the same request, but elected to defer its vote until its Aug. 28 meeting. Because of that deferment, some in attendance at the Aug. 20 meeting felt the...

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