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In latest Sandy Springs shopping center redesign concept, committee calls for denser uses

Members of a committee reviewing Sandy Springs’ concepts for North End shopping center redevelopment want to see higher-density proposals for the North River Shopping Center with a desire to limit building heights to five or six stories. Existing tenants also pose a challenge at the site for any redevelopment. The committee heard from consultants during a virtual meeting on Sept. 8 that the existing ownership and tenants at the shopping center at 8765-8911 Roswell Road are unlikely to change soon, so the city would need to work with them to achieve change. Redevelopment in phases was suggested. “Notably there...

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Video: Street racers use Buckhead church parking lot for gathering spot, stunts

Social media and community websites were lit up this weekend as street racers were once again zooming through metro Atlanta and Buckhead, including gathering in the back parking lot of Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church to do doughnuts and burnouts in the early morning hours of Sept. 6. Video provided by a Reporter reader showed dozens of cars careening through the church’s parking lot before they spilled out onto East Wesley Road and West Boiling Way around 1:30 a.m. Even from the high floor where the video was taken, there is the unmistakable sound of engines revving and screeching...

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Mystery group proposes Buckhead cityhood, annexation; Mayor’s Office criticizes it

A mysterious group called the Buckhead Exploratory Committee is preparing to study possible cityhood for the neighborhood or annexation into the cities of Sandy Springs or Brookhaven — an idea the Atlanta Mayor’s Office says “clearly loses sight of the need for inclusion and equity.” In an unsigned email, the committee declined to identify its members or answer questions, including about its claim to have behind-the-scenes support from some local elected officials, which several of them have denied. However, the committee has posted a privately organized webinar about the idea on YouTube, where a moderator named Jack Montgomery outlined...

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Adley City Springs Apartments opens for tours, leasing in Sandy Springs

The 291-unit Adley City Springs Apartments has opened 6075 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs, just north of the Hammond Drive intersection. The apartment complex offers leases for studio and one- and two-bedroom apartments. Monthly rent starts at $1,564 for a 634-square-foot studio unit and rises to $2,424 for a two-bedroom, two-bath unit with an office, according to its website. The property offers in-person, contact-free tours by appointment and video tours online. Amenities include a rooftop saltwater pool, outdoor kitchen and golf simulator lounge, along with a two-story fitness center. Construction on the apartment complex, which replaces an office tower...

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Sandy Springs plans to spend $11M on property for police, court HQ

Sandy Springs plans to spend a little more than $11 million to buy a 12.5-acre property on Morgan Falls Road to house its Police Department and Municipal Court. The City Council is expected to vote on the plan during its Aug. 18 meeting to buy the property at 620 Morgan Falls Road to relocate the court and police out of leased space at 7840 Roswell Road, where both have been since 2011. “Eventually, the building will need renovation and site work to finalize the public safety campus,” Andrea Surratt, city manager and general manager of the city’s Public Facilities...

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Fulton County Schools triples bandwidth preparing for Aug. 17 reopening

Fulton County Schools opened its 2020-2021 school year Aug. 17 with all students fully remote and the school district’s IT department prepared by tripling the bandwidth that was available during virtual learning in the spring. Bandwidth determines how much information can be transferred, while speed is how fast the information can be received or downloaded. The school system had 12 GB of bandwidth available in the spring, but was using up to 14 GB during summer school with far fewer students enrolled in courses. With all students taking regular classes online, more bandwidth was needed to handle the larger...

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Community Assistance center to reopen Upscale Thrift store with health safety measures

The Upscale Thrift store at the Community Assistance Center (CAC) in Sandy Springs will reopen the week of Aug. 17 for shoppers and donations. Shoppers can search for bargains on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the thrift store at 8607 Roswell Road. Upscale Thrift sells new, gently worn, and designer clothing, plus some home goods and furniture. Donations for the market can be made on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the same hours, the CAC newsletter said. The thrift store will maintain public health safety measures that the CAC said exceed Centers for Disease...

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Sandy Springs set to demolish Fire Station 2, move firefighters to temporary locations

The pending demolition of Sandy Springs Fire Station No. 2 has firefighters relocating to a temporary station at Roswell Road and Mount Vernon Highway and to Fire Station No. 3 on Raider Drive. The City Council on June 16 approved spending $3.5 million in fiscal year 2021 to construct a new Fire Station No. 2 at its original location, which made the relocation necessary. The land purchased for the temporary station also is needed for an intersection improvement project. One crew and one engine will use the two structures at Roswell and Mount Vernon at a former Enterprise car...

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New Atlanta street racing law does not ban all spectators, raises civil liberties concerns

A new Atlanta city ordinance widely reported by media and public officials as outlawing all spectators at illegal street races actually does no such thing due to the quiet removal of key language that could have violated the civil liberties of journalists, bystanders and others. The ordinance — which does not even contain the word “spectator” — may still outlaw certain types of race observers who do more than just watch, such as those who pay an admission fee or even just cheer for a driver. But one prominent civil liberties attorney says the ordinance is so vague and...

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Sandy Springs installs sculptures from contest at City Green

Nine new sculptures now adorn the perimeter of the City Green park in Sandy Springs, all chosen as finalists in the second ArtSS in the Open Sculpture competition. This “gallery without walls” represents the top entries among the 260 submitted from artists nationwide. Jurists from local gallery and museum curators and established artists who work in the public art arena chose the finalists, city spokesperson Sharon Kraun said in a press release. Corrina Sephora, whose sculpture “La Voyageur Qui Fait Son Nid” has been installed at City Green, took it as a sign of hope when she was notified...

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Solidarity Sandy Springs gets $25K from city for its food pantry

Solidarity Sandy Springs will get $25,000 from the city to feed needy residents in its pop-up pantry. Councilmember Tibby DeJulio made the motion to give the group funds during the July 21 City Council meeting. The pantry was founded to help people struggling due to the pandemic’s economic impact. “Several of us have been to this pantry and have seen the work they’re doing and the people they’re serving,” DeJulio said. “We have got so many people here in Sandy Springs who are actually hungry who are poor and are depending on the generosity and the services of people...

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July 15 Atlanta/Sandy Springs COVID-19 report: 531 more diagnoses; 14-day trend is up

The cities of Atlanta and Sandy Springs together saw 531 new COVID-19 diagnoses between July 13 and July 15 update reports from the Fulton County Board of Health. The number of cases increased in all of the main local ZIP codes. The 14-day trend was up by at least 62% in both cities and rose in all but one of the ZIP codes. As of July 15, the part of Atlanta within Fulton County had 5,547 COVID-19 diagnoses, up from 5,101 on July 13. Sandy Springs had 1,074 diagnoses, up from 989. Atlanta remains the number one city in...

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