Category: Sandy Springs Reporter

Registration open for 2019 Sandy Springs Lightning 5K/10K

Registration is open for the 28th annual Doug Kessler Sandy Springs Lightning 5K/10K races. This year, Sandy Springs resident and acclaimed runner Jeff Galloway will join the race as a special guest. Galloway was the winner of the first Peachtree Road Race in 1970 and competed in the Munich Olympics in 1972.  He also coaches runners and walkers through his Galloway Training Programs and is the founder of Phidippides, a run/walk store in Sandy Springs. The late Doug Kessler gave the Lightning its name and it continues to be dedicated to him 13 years after his death. The run...

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Sandy Springs joins opposition against building design bill

Sandy Springs has signed a resolution in support of local governments to keep the ability to control building design standards for residential spaces in the face of possible state legislation to remove its authority. This resolution is a response to state House Bill 302, which would have prevented local governments from regulating several design elements in one or two-family properties such as color, exterior material, windows, doors, number and type of rooms and foundation materials. While HB 302 did not become law, the controversy created a study committee, which will soon begin meeting and is expected to bring a...

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Self-storage developer claims toll lanes project will displace tenants anyway; GDOT denies it

The developer seeking to replace a shopping center and nonprofits with a storage facility on Sandy Springs’ Northwood Drive has told concerned tenants that the state’s I-285 toll lanes plan will require the building’s demolition no matter what. But the Georgia Department of Transportation says no such decision has been made and that the building likely could remain. Brandon Ellison of developer Taylor/Theus said an Aug. 19 community meeting at the 120 Northwood Drive site that GDOT wants part of the property for its future toll lanes project and recently tripled the size of the estimate land-taking, which includes...

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Newly merged Northside-Gwinnett healthcare system to begin Aug. 28

The newly merged Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Health System healthcare organizations will begin operations as one unit on Aug. 28. Northside, which has its flagship hospital in Sandy Springs’ “Pill Hill” Medical Center, will see its brand and administration extended. Most of the changes will be on the Gwinnett side, including renaming its hospitals in Duluth and Lawrenceville with the Northside brand. “Patients of the Gwinnett Health System will notice virtually no changes in their regimen of treatment and care,” said Northside Hospital in a press release. “Patient and family care is the central priority of the two systems,...

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Sandy Springs Council delays vote on North End redevelopment conceptual plans pending more info

The Sandy Springs City Council delayed an expected vote to choose a contractor to design plans for four shopping centers in the North End at its Aug. 20 meeting. At the beginning of the council meeting, Mayor Rusty Paul announced that the vote had been removed from the original agenda due to part of the council not feeling they could yet make an informed decision. “[The agenda item] has been removed because some members of council felt they did not have enough information yet to vote,” Paul said. Paul said that there will now be a non-voting work session...

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Atlanta-Fulton library system issues annual survey

The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System has introduced its annual user survey to receive residents’ input on library functions. The online survey, which can be found here, asks about what services patrons most often use and measures the overall satisfaction with their local branch. The library system estimates the survey takes about two minutes to finish. For more information about the library system, visit afpls.org....

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Sandy Springs to vote on contract for Chattahoochee River trails study

The Sandy Springs City Council may choose a contractor to design a master plan for trails along the Chattahoochee River at its Aug. 20 meeting. City staff is recommending the contract be awarded for $199,942.00 to Heath & Lineback Engineers, Inc. to design the blueprint. The city desires to make connections to the river and to construct trails that run parallel to the river and that would connect to the regional project underway. The regional plan, dubbed the Chattahoochee RiverLands Greenway Study, would include new parks, hiking trails, boat ramps, bicycle paths and other amenities along a 100-mile stretch...

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French-Vietnamese restaurant to open in Sandy Springs

A new French-Vietnamese restaurant, 285 Colonial Kitchen, is set to open in the Prado shopping center, 5610 Roswell Road, #110 in late August. Owner Duc Tran, who also owns Vietnamese seafood restaurant 575 Bistro in Kennesaw, says he hopes to bring an experience to Sandy Springs that residents have not seen before, and that he has not done before himself. “[This restaurant] will be very unique,” Tran told the Reporter. “We are probably the first [restaurant] in the area to have something like this.” The restaurant will offer a lunch, dinner and weekend brunch menu. The lunch menu will...

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Fulton Schools superintendent to speak in Sandy Springs Sept. 11

The new superintendent of the Fulton County School System, Dr. Mike Looney, will speak at a Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber luncheon on Sept. 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North, 7 Concourse Pkwy N.E. According to Fulton Schools’ Chief Communications Officer Brian Noyes, Looney will speak about his background and an overview of his initial observations of the school district. “He will also summarize the board’s strategic plan and the district’s work focus for the current academic year,” Noyes said. Before joining Fulton Schools in June, Looney served as Superintendent of Williamson County...

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Sandy Springs to award contract for North End redevelopment conceptual plans

The Sandy Springs City Council is set to choose a contractor to design plans for four shopping centers in the North End. The Evaluation Committee, a committee of individuals selected by the former City Manager John McDonough, is recommending the contract be awarded to Cunningham Quill Architects for $375,088. The council will hear the committee’s findings and will vote at the Aug. 20 meeting. In March 2018, Mayor Rusty Paul assembled the Sandy Springs North End Revitalization Task Force to assess ways to spur redevelopment in that part of the city. Paul hopes to “create a vision and plan...

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through Aug. 24

The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced the latest round of lane and ramp closures and other traffic changes for Transform 285/400, its massive project to reconstruct the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange. Schedules may change based on the work and the weather. Ashford-Dunwoody Road ramp closures Aug. 19-23, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., ramp to I-285 westbound closed. Ga. 400 ramp closures Aug. 16-17, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., northbound ramp to I-285 westbound closed. Aug. 17-18, 10 p.m. to 7 a.m., MARTA North Springs Station ramp to Ga. 400 northbound closed. Aug. 17-18 and 23-24, 9 p.m. to 9...

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Sandy Springs Arts Foundation executive director exits, now leads Buckhead nonprofit

The executive director of the often troubled Sandy Springs Arts Foundation has made a quiet exit, taking a new job leading a Buckhead-based educational nonprofit. Emily Hutmacher started work this month as executive director of Playworks Georgia, the local affiliate of a national organization that provides schools with structured play and programs for recess, according to spokesperson Doniell Glass. Playworks Georgia operates at 1708 Peachtree St. in southern Buckhead. “I’m excited to help improve school climate for all kids and school staff throughout Georgia,” said Hutmacher in a Playworks press release. “…[T]he beginning of the school year is when...

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