Category: Sandy Springs Reporter

Sandy Springs City Council to vote on Ga. 400 toll lane recommendations

The Sandy Springs City Council will vote on recommendations for Ga. 400 toll lanes at its June 18 meeting. The recommendations, which will be presented by Councilmember John Paulson, call for changes to the Georgia Department of Transportation’s plans for the toll lanes on the Ga. 400 section of the project, which runs north of the North Springs MARTA Station. Paulson said the recommendations that will be presented include: Build the toll lanes underneath the Northridge Road bridge. Residents there are concerned the flyover lanes would change the character of the area and bring more noise and pollution. GDOT...

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Sandy Springs city manager accepts similar South Carolina job

John McDonough, the city manager of Sandy Springs, has reached an agreement to serve in a similar role for the city of Greenville, South Carolina. McDonough’s appointment will be voted on by the Greenville City Council June 17, according to the meeting agenda. He did not immediately return a request for comment. Greenville entered into negotiations with McDonough after announcing him as its top pick out of three finalists June 3. McDonough has been the city manager since Sandy Springs’ founding in 2005. The city did not immediately respond to a request for comment. McDonough previously said the Greenville...

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The Weber School partners with Los Ninos Primeros

The Weber School has partnered with Los Niños Primero, which assists underserved Latino preschool children, helping raise funds for the program and collaborating with students. “The Weber School has become a tremendous partner to us in supporting our efforts year round and helping us deepen our ties to the Sandy Springs community,” Los Niños Primero Executive Director Maritza Morelli said in the release. Los Niños Primero was formed in 2001 by members of Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church to prepare preschoolers from the growing Latino population in Sandy Springs. Many Latino students who, according to national data, enter kindergarten already...

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Sandy Springs Olympic swimmer helps raise funds for cancer research

Two-time Olympian Nei Kuan Chia, who lives in Sandy Springs, helped raise funds for pediatric cancer at June 11 swimming event. Nei Kuan Chia joined local swimmers from the Ansley Sharks summer league team at the Ansley Park Lap-A-Thon in Midtown, a fundraising event benefiting Swim Across America-Atlanta, according to a press release. Nei Kuan Chia took photos with swimmers and autographed swim caps for participants. He competed in the 1996 and 2000 Olympics in the butterfly stroke competitions. He still competes in swimming events and is traveling to South Korea this summer to compete with a national team,...

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Sandy Springs council member proposes hate crimes law

Sandy Springs Councilmember Andy Bauman is proposing a hate crimes law that would create stronger penalties for local crimes based on race, sexual orientation, gender identity and religion, among others. The proposal, which is up for discussion in the council’s non-voting work session June 18, would also require the Sandy Springs Police Department track and report hate crimes through the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Federal Bureau of Investigation reporting systems. The ordinance is needed in part of because the state hate crimes law was not passed by the General Assembly in the last session, making it one of...

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through June 23

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. Abernathy Road street/ramp closures June 15, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., closed eastbound between Barfield Road/Mercedes-Benz Drive and Ga. 400. June 17-18, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., closed eastbound between Barfield Road/Mercedes-Benz Drive and Peachtree-Dunwoody Road. June 17-18, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., ramp to Ga. 400 southbound closed. June 21-24, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., street and...

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Golf tourney raises $450K for MJCCA

More than $450,000 was raised at a recent golf tournament to benefit the Marcus Jewish Community Center in Dunwoody, with funds going to support programming and scholarships. The annual MJCCA BB&T Harry Maziar Classic golf tourney, held June 3 at the Atlanta Country Club in Marietta, included 140 golfers and a silent auction. It’s the MJCCA’s largest fundraiser. This year’s total brings the total raised over the past 11 years to $3 million for the MJCCA, according to a press release. “We are grateful to the golf tournament participants, whose donations through this event support the mission of the...

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Sandy Springs may add three ambulances to meet demand, suggests other cities consider tactic

Sandy Springs is considering adding three ambulances to its next contract with provider American Medical Response to keep up with demand and continue meeting response time targets. Fire Chief Keith Sanders encouraged other cities that have problems with response times to take up its strategy of paying more for additional ambulances. AMR is the same provider that has been criticized by the city of Dunwoody for being slow to respond. Officials in that city have said they would not pay for additional ambulances to ensure response times are met. The contract is expected to be voted on by the...

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Alarm ordinance differences cause confusion in Brookhaven

Alarm ordinances changes in Sandy Springs have led to confusion in Brookhaven, where one alarm company sent letters to residents inaccurately saying the city will no longer respond to security alarm calls, officials said. “In short, Brookhaven is responding to all security alarm calls, and statements to the contrary [are] false,” city spokesperson Burke Brennan said. Brookhaven has implemented some similar requirements to Sandy Springs’ controversial alarm ordinance. Alarm companies register users and pay the false alarm fines, but evidence of an intruder is not required. But in Sandy Springs, video, audio or in-person verification must be submitted along...

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Former Kroger shopping center in Sandy Springs gets new owner

The Northridge Shopping Center in Sandy Springs has a new owner who expects to fill the vacant anchor space left by Kroger soon. Rafat Shaikh, the president and CEO of Safeway Group, Inc., the new owner, said he is negotiating with “several” potential tenants. He did not provide more details. Kroger operated a supermarket at 8331 Roswell Road in the Northridge Shopping Center for more than 35 years before announcing a surprise closure in 2017. The closure was seen by city officials at the time as an opportunity to bring in higher-end retail and fueled their effort to promote...

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Local State Transportation Board member backs building toll lanes with bus lines

Kevin Abel, a Sandy Springs resident and State Transportation Board member, has spoken out in support of the planned toll lanes on I-285 and Ga. 400 and building bus rapid transit on those lanes. In a Facebook post, Abel said that “Atlanta’s transit future will be reborn with BRT on express lanes.” Leaving BRT out of the toll lanes would be a “devastating missed opportunity,” he said. Abel represents the 6th Congressional District on the State Transportation Board, which oversees the Georgia Department of Transportation. His district includes parts of Brookhaven, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs and areas of Cobb and...

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