Category: Sandy Springs Reporter

Another construction worker killed in fall on I-285/Ga. 400 interchange project

A construction worker on the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange rebuilding project died after falling from the roadway on Feb. 14, according to state and Sandy Springs officials. It is the second fatal fall on the project in just over four months. According to the Sandy Springs Fire Department, the unidentified worker fell in the area of I-285 and Peachtree-Dunwoody Road. Contractors in that area are building new ramps for the project, which is known as “Transform 285/400.” “We are aware of an incident that resulted in a fatality that occurred on the Transform 285/400 … interchange project,” said Natalie Dale,...

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Two North Springs students named Governor’s Honors semi-finalists

Two North Springs Charter High School students have been named Governor’s Honors Program semi-finalists. Grace Kirschner, junior, has been nominated for communicative arts and Matthew Szabo, sophomore, has been nominated for theatre. Both candidates will now have a final state-level interview in hopes to be selected as a finalist. If selected, Kirschner and Szabo will spend four weeks this summer at Berry College in Berry for the GHP Summer Intensive program. The GHP is a residential summer program for gifted and talented high school students who will be rising juniors and seniors during the program, according to the Governor’s Office...

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This Month in Recent History: Dam safety questioned; city rebids outsourcing contract

With 2020 upon us, here’s a look back at some of the Sandy Springs Reporter’s top stories for the month of February in recent history. 5 Years Ago: 2015 “Amid safety concerns, Lake Forrest Dam faces uncertain future” State-mandate repairs to Lake Forrest Dam, which runs beneath Lake Forrest Drive on the Sandy Springs-Atlanta border, were discussed at a Buckhead meeting. It was the beginning of a lengthy process to drain a pond and examine the condition of the dam, which is listed as “high-hazard” by the state because, if it failed during a catastrophic storm, the flooding would...

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through Feb. 22

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. Ga. 400 ramp closures Feb. 14 and 20-22, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., southbound ramp to I-285 westbound closed. Feb. 14 and 20, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., northbound ramp to I-285 eastbound closed. Feb. 19, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., southbound ramp to I-285 eastbound closed. Ga. 400 lane closures Feb. 14-16, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.,...

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Voters get chance to test new voting machines before March presidential primary

Local election officials are busy providing free demonstrations to the public on how Georgia’s new voting machines work before they are rolled out statewide for the March 24 presidential primary. During a Feb. 13 demonstration of the machines at the Dunwoody Library, DeKalb Voter & Registration Elections official Nytia Harris walked dozens of people through the new system. The system includes electronic check-in on a machine similar to an iPad, selection of ballot choices electronically via a touch screen, and a paper record that lists in text the voter’s choices. The paper also includes a QR code. The paper...

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Sandy Springs crime reports for week ending Jan. 31

The following crime information is provided via the Sandy Springs Week in Review Report for the week ending Jan. 31. North District Crime The unit reported two burglaries, both in apartment units. The unit reported two entering autos. The unit reported one robbery at a jewelry store while the store was open to the public. Several males entered the store, broke glass cases, stole jewelry, and fled. One of the suspects was apprehended in the parking lot by the store owner and other witnesses. The others fled in a vehicle and were apprehended after a short vehicle chase. South...

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Sandy Springs to host community input meeting for North End redevelopment conceptual planning

Sandy Springs will host a community input meeting for the conceptual planning of redevelopment in the North End on March 5. The meeting will be held at City Hall at 1 Galambos Way at 6:30 p.m. There will be a brief presentation, followed by a community engagement session, according to a press release. In December, the City Council awarded a $307,260 contract to architect firm TSW for the designs of four shopping centers in the North End: the former Loehmann’s Plaza, 8610 Roswell Road; the Northridge Shopping Center, 8331-8371 Roswell Road; the North River Shopping Center, 8765-8897 Roswell Road;...

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I-285 top end toll lanes would bring construction of new highway access points

The Georgia Department of Transportation’s plans to build toll lanes along both sides of the top end of I-285 would include construction of brand-new highway access points where motorists can enter and exit the system from city streets. Some local officials have raised concerns that the new access points would drive more cars onto city streets, adding even more congestion to areas such as Perimeter Center. GDOT contends the recommended access points to the toll lanes were selected to provide “adequate and equitable” access for motorists as part of its eventually statewide “Georgia Express Lanes” system. GDOT says there...

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Buckhead’s Horseradish Grill restaurant to close Feb. 15 for rebranding, renovation under new owner

A longtime restaurant next to Buckhead’s Chastain Park will close its doors on Feb. 15. The space will reopen in the summer under new ownership with the name The Chastain. Horseradish Grill has operated for over 25 years at 4320 Powers Ferry Road. It will reopen as an American restaurant this summer under the co-ownership of Geno Dew and Christopher Grossman, according to a press release. Dew and Grossman both formerly worked at Atlas, a restaurant in the St. Regis hotel in Buckhead, the release said. “Our team is building this restaurant for the neighborhood, and we look forward...

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Middle East policy expert Aaron David Miller to speak in Sandy Springs

Aaron David Miller, a Middle East policy expert and CNN commentator, will speak about diplomacy and current events in a March 3 lecture at the Congregation Or Hadash synagogue in Sandy Springs. Miller served for 25 years as an advisor to U.S. secretaries of state, helping to formulate policies on the Middle East and the Arab-Israeli peace process. His lecture will address life lessons he learned from working as a negotiator and diplomat. He is also expected to discuss President Trump’s new and controversial Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, and an Israeli parliamentary election scheduled to take place the day before...

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Letter: Alternative transportation and tree-planting are better, cheaper than toll lanes

I read about the Georgia Department of Transportation’s express lane proposals in the Dunwoody Reporter and another source. The picture of what new lanes, flyovers and express lanes at I-285 and Ga. 400 would look like caused me to wonder if it was Groundhog Day. No, that had passed. Oh! It’s April Fools’ Day! No, that hasn’t come yet. Aha! A wicked witch had put me to sleep and no prince was coming to kiss me awake. It’s a nightmare. Planners and traffic engineers certainly hadn’t the imagination to forecast the growth Atlanta has had or the accompanying traffic...

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Sandy Springs park to host Arbor Day walk and tree-planting

Sandy Springs’ Lost Corner Preserve park is marking Georgia Arbor Day with a walk-and-talk about water quality and a tree-planting. Each household that attends the free program, scheduled for Feb. 18, 10 a.m. to noon, will receive seedlings to plant at home. Georgia Arbor Day is officially observed on Feb. 21. The program will be held at the park’s pavilion, 7300 Brandon Mill Road, Sandy Springs. Walk-ins are welcome and the program is for ages 10 and older. For more information, call 770-790-5600 or see...

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