Category: Sandy Springs Reporter

Sandy Springs launches survey for input on North End shopping centers redesigns

Sandy Springs wants residents to help design possible mixed-use redevelopment of four North End shopping centers along Roswell Road through an online interactive survey. From June 1 through 19, residents can visit the online design activity survey to help design conceptual master plans for the four locations. After watching an 11-and-a-half-minute instructional video, participants are asked to complete the four activities in the survey. Sandy Springs City Council set redevelopment of aging shopping centers and apartment complexes as a priority in February 2018. The design activity follows a March 5 public input meeting as part of the process to...

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Restaurants seek elbow room in the pandemic’s distanced dining

From picnic tables in parking lots to dining on strips of shopping center landscaping, restaurants returning after pandemic shutdowns are looking for room to spread out for social distancing. And no one knows how long that will last. Or how long it can last. Can restaurants survive with the lower capacity as they spread tables apart until the pandemic is contained or a vaccine is found? How long will neighbors and city inspectors have patience for seating snatched from parking spaces and sidewalks? Experts and local restaurateurs say the pandemic could push the industry to a trend of building...

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Sandy Springs reopens some park facilities, appointment-only revenue and permitting visits

The city of Sandy Springs reopened some park facilities and some appointment-only City Hall services today, June 1. City tennis courts, Hammond Park gymnastics programming and the Morgan Falls dog park reopened. Playgrounds remain closed. At City Hall at 1 Galambos Way, the revenue and permitting offices reopened by appointment only. To make an appointment, see spr.gs/chq. City Hall visitors will be required to have their temperature checked; answer questions about COVID-19 risks and symptoms; and maintain 6-foot social distancing. Mask-wearing is “strongly encouraged,” as is use of hand-sanitizer stations throughout the building. The city is in a phased...

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On third night of Atlanta protests, no major incidents in Buckhead and local cities

A third night of protests and rioting in Atlanta appeared to be contained in Downtown, as police reported no significant incidents in Buckhead or the local cities of Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. Thousands of protesters again gathered on the afternoon of May 31 as part of nationwide demonstrations sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minnesota following an arrest where a police officer is now charged with murder and manslaughter. The Atlanta Police Department said it made 64 arrests, bringing the weekend total to 292. Bolstered by Georgia National Guard troops and Georgia State Patrol officers, APD...

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Atlanta curfew, Dunwoody stay-at-home advisory come as local cities brace for third night of protests

Atlanta will be under a curfew and Dunwoody is advising residents to stay at home as local cities braced May 31 for a third night of protests and possible riots. Police in Brookhaven and Sandy Springs said they are still considering whether to issue a stay-at-home advisory as protests related to the death of George Floyd began elsewhere. Sandy Springs saw minor looting at three locations on the night of May 29, the first night of protests and riots in Atlanta, police revealed. Further protests on May 31 were starting in downtown Atlanta, and that afternoon a march was...

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Group preserving Sandy Springs’ past faces uncertain future

Heritage Sandy Springs, the nonprofit organization that long tended the area’s past, now faces an uncertain future. The city is taking over operations of its museum, farmers market and concert series in the wake of the pandemic’s economic impact, in a deal announced in late April. But the situation was shaky before that, with the loss of an executive director last fall and, behind the scenes, a plan to postpone the 35-year-old Sandy Springs Festival. At this point, HSS will maintain its nonprofit status and control of its historic assets. “We are not out of business as an organization....

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Chattahoochee national park’s temporary leader steers through pandemic

The temporary boss at the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area took on her duties just as the park was about to close for health reasons due to the pandemic. “We’ve dealt with natural disasters and government shutdowns,” said Acting Superintendent Ann Honious, “but nothing that is health-related and pandemic. And that is a different response.” Honious came to Georgia from the nation’s capital, where she serves in her permanent posting as the deputy superintendent at National Capital Parks East in Washington, D.C. Her 120-day temporary posting began in mid-April and ends in mid-August. She’s filling in temporarily for the...

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Gov. Kemp authorizes 3,000 National Guard troops for possible May 31 statewide protests

Gov. Brian Kemp has authorized a call-up of up to 3,000 Georgia National Guard troops to police “several planned protests” May 31 anywhere in the state. Kemp made the announcement as a second night of protests and rioting continued in Atlanta following the death of George Floyd in Minnesota. The protest movement spread across the metro area, with demonstrations in Sandy Springs and Gainesville. Kemp previously authorized 500 National Guard troops for the Atlanta riots and on May 30 they were stationed at a fortified Lenox Square mall in Buckhead. As of the early morning hours of May 31,...

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Sandy Springs sees ‘small’ protest at police headquarters, advises residents to stay at home

A “small” group of protesters showed up at the Sandy Springs Police headquarters May 30 as a second night of George Floyd protests began, leading the city to advise residents to “stay at home.” “We had a small number at police headquarters — no issues and they have left,” said city spokesperson Sharon Kraun. Police headquarters is the Morgan Falls office park at 7840 Roswell Road in the city’s North End. On social media, the city said: “Due to the group of protestors gathering in various areas throughout the metro area, including Sandy Springs, we are asking our residents...

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Pill Hill overpass is biggest idea in Perimeter Center road project studies

Turning the Sandy Springs Medical Center’s main intersection into an overpass is the biggest — and probably least likely — road project among several that the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts has in the planning stages. More lanes for faster turns and easier access to Ga. 400 are a general theme of several projects that project director John Gurbal presented at an April 28 quarterly update from the PCIDs, two jointly operated, self-taxing business districts in Perimeter Center that spend much of their money on transportation improvements. The following are some of the new projects PCIDs is studying or planning....

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Ga. 400 repaving in Buckhead, Sandy Springs coming in July

The Ga. 400 highway section between I-85 and I-285 is scheduled for repaving in July, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation. That stretch of highway through Buckhead and Sandy Springs currently has some rough patches of pavement. The repaving will be done on about 6.3 miles of the highway, between I-85 and the Johnson Ferry Road overpass. The work will be done by C.W. Matthews Contracting Company on a contract fee of $4,976,630. Exact dates will be announced...

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through June 6

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 lane closures May 29-31, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., westbound between Glenlake Parkway and Ga. 400, one right lane. Ga. 400 closures May 29-31, midnight to 1 a.m., northbound between Glenridge Drive and Hammond Drive closed. Ga. 400 ramp closures June 4, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., and June 5, 9 p.m. to 9 a.m., northbound...

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