Category: Sandy Springs Reporter

Mayor says Sandy Springs will pursue incentives for North End ‘revitalization zone’

Mayor Rusty Paul says Sandy Springs will pursue incentives for the redevelopment of the North End through a “revitalization zone.” The incentives are intended to help carry out a city policy of sparking redevelopment along Roswell Road north of Dalrymple Road, where there are many older retail properties and apartment complexes, and where the city has commissioned a redevelopment study of four shopping centers. Paul said in a recent interview that the city is not decided on the borders for the zone. “We are still trying to define the geography and what kinds of incentives we want to put...

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Photos: Sandy Springs holds inaugural Martin Luther King Jr. Day Art and Film Festival

The city of Sandy Springs held its inaugural Martin Luther King Jr. Day Art and Film Festival at City Springs on Jan. 20. It was a family-friendly event that featured interactive art projects and showings of the Emmy-nominated animated film “Our Friend Martin” in the Studio Theatre, as well as book readings for young attendees. The event was in collaboration with DiasporaU and the Bronze Lens Film Festival, a festival based in Atlanta to showcase films that are by, for and/or depicting people of the African Diaspora. Photos by Phil Mosier. Attendees gather in the Studio Theatre before a...

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New GDOT maps show properties that could be impacted or demolished by I-285 top-end toll lanes project

Approximately 155 properties in Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs could be affected or demolished by Georgia Department of Transportation right of way acquisition for the I-285 top-end toll lanes project, according to new maps unveiled during a Jan. 21 open house. The draft plans show the project razing several residential and commercial structures, including some or all the Chateau Club Townhomes and possibly the swimming pool of the Georgetown Recreation Center, both in Dunwoody. Also marked for displacement are three to four buildings in the Dunwoody Village apartment complex, and two buildings in the Sierra Place apartments in Sandy...

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GDOT to conduct ‘controlled blasts’ along I-285 in Sandy Springs 

The Georgia Department of Transportation will conduct controlled blasts along I-285 in Sandy Springs on Jan. 22 and 24, according to a statement from the city. “You may feel the earth move along I-285 as the Georgia Department of Transportation conducts a controlled blast along I-285 eastbound between the Perimeter Center Parkway overpass and Ashford Dunwoody Road,” the statement said. Traffic on Perimeter Center Parkway from Lake Hearn Drive to Hammond Drive will be stopped before and during the blasting operation, and I-285 may have traffic stopped as well, according to the city and GDOT. The controlled blasts will...

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Sandy Springs’ Bernath elected Fulton School Board president

Fulton County Board of Education member Julia Bernath, who represents part of Sandy Springs, has been elected the president of the body. The leadership change occurred at a Jan. 14 work session. Former president Linda Bryant, who took office last January, swapped positions with Bernath, who had served as vice president. “I am honored to serve in this position and thank my fellow board members for putting your faith in me,” Bernath said in a press release. “I look forward to working with the board and Superintendent Dr. Mike Looney as we move forward.” Bernath, who represents District 7...

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Sandy Springs City Council approves $2.1M in contracts for sidewalk projects

The Sandy Springs City Council approved $2,153,313 million in contracts for sidewalk projects at a Jan. 7 meeting. A $1,174,425 contract was awarded to Construction 57, Inc. for a sidewalk project that will run along Roswell Road between Long Island Drive and Stewart Drive. The project is estimated to begin in the spring. The contractor will also improve the storm drainage system and landscaping. The project is a part of the Community Development Block Grant Program, through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which allows the city to use its annual allocation of federal...

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through Jan. 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. Ga. 400 ramp closures Jan. 22-25, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., southbound ramp to I-285 westbound closed. Jan. 23, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., northbound ramp to I-285 westbound closed. Ga. 400 lane closures Jan. 23-25, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., northbound between Glenridge Connector and Hammond Drive, one left lane. Jan. 24, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.,...

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Sandy Springs City Council to hold annual retreat Jan. 24

The Sandy Springs City Council will host its annual retreat, where it sets the city policy priorities for the coming year, on Jan. 24. The retreat is open to the public and will be held at City Hall, 1 Galambos Way, starting at 8 a.m. An agenda has not been released yet. The city waited to finalize a date for the retreat until the new city manager, Andrea Surratt, began her position on Jan. 6, according to spokesperson Sharon Kraun. Surratt replaced Peggy Merriss, who was appointed as interim city manager in July as a temporary replacement for Sandy Springs’...

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Sandy Springs’ Temple Emanu-El to host discussion on treatment of asylum-seekers

A Jan. 26 community event in Sandy Springs featuring many nonprofit groups and places of worship aims to raise awareness about the treatment of asylum-seekers in Georgia and at the U.S.-Mexico border. Three immigration experts will speak at the nonpartisan event, called “Bearing Witness: A Humanitarian Crisis,” from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 1580 Spalding Drive. There will also be a “resource fair” of nonprofit organizations. The public is invited and there is no cost to attend, but registration is required by clicking here. “The goal of the day is two-fold: to shine a light on and...

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Sandy Springs Police crime reports for week ending Jan. 10

The following crime information is provided via the Sandy Springs Week in Review Report for the week ending Jan. 10. North District Crime The unit reported one burglary. A jewelry store was entered, but nothing of value was taken.  The unit reported five entering-autos. South District Crime The unit reported six entering-autos. There was also a theft of a license plate from a vehicle parked at a single-family residence. One burglary was reported at a storage unit in an apartment complex. Street Crimes Unit The unit reported four misdemeanor arrests, conducted 26 traffic stops, and issued 15 traffic citations....

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Restaurant Report: Sushi coming, subs leaving and other dining news

BoruBoru, a sushi restaurant, opened in the Hammond Exchange shopping center at 5980 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs on Jan. 13. The restaurant has one other location near Emory University, which opened in 2016. The menu features poke bowls, sushi and sushi burritos. Info: boruboru.com. Crepe Delicious opened in Perimeter Mall at 4400 Ashford-Dunwoody Road in Dunwoody in January. The cafe offers crepes, thin pancakes originating in France, along with gelato and other treats. Info: crepedelicious.com. Fia, a Mediterranean restaurant, opened in the Burgess hotel at 3600 Piedmont Road in Buckhead on Dec. 27. Fia offers a menu of...

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