Category: Sandy Springs Reporter

20 Sandy Springs houses would be demolished for GDOT toll lanes project, residents say

Twenty houses on a Sandy Springs street would be demolished for the Ga. 400 toll lanes project, residents say they were told by the Georgia Department of Transportation in a private meeting. Four of those homeowners, most of whom did not want to be named, spoke with the Reporter and said they felt the process has been too secretive and that they should have been contacted earlier. They said 19 of the targeted houses are on Northgreen Drive and one is Spalding Drive. “We feel extremely anxious that we’re certainly going to get the short end of the stick,”...

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Sandy Springs approves backyard swim lesson permit

The Sandy Springs City Council approved a home swimming lesson business at its Feb. 19 meeting, legalizing it under a new permit created after the operation became controversial last year. Allison Dubovsky operates the business in the pool behind her house at 640 Weatherly Lane, in a cul-de-sac in the exclusive Riverside neighborhood. The business license was yanked by the city after complaints about noise and traffic. The controversy spurred the city to approve in July 2018 a new permitting process specifically for some types of backyard businesses. The council voted unanimously to approve the  conditional use permit for...

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Sandy Springs adopts new parks master plan

Sandy Springs has adopted its new parks master plan, calling for a $105 million in upgrades, new parks and dog parks, a swimming complex and community center. The update to the city’s existing recreation and parks master plan, which also calls for creating 203 acres of new park land by 2027, was passed by the City Council at its Feb. 19 meeting. The update was drafted by an advisory group of local community members and led by a consultants over several months last year. The plan projects the city will need 437 acres by 2027 based on its expected...

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GDOT to temporarily close Roswell, Peachtree lanes in Sandy Springs, Buckhead

Lanes will be temporarily closed along Roswell and Peachtree roads in Buckhead and Sandy Springs during a year-long project to relocate utility poles starting Feb. 18, the Georgia Department of Transportation and Georgia Power announced. Approximately 100 existing power line poles will be relocated from near the curb to the back of the sidewalk along an eight-mile stretch of Peachtree and Roswell roads. The project begins in Midtown and continues through Buckhead to Roswell Road at Windsor Parkway in Sandy Springs, Georgia Power announced in a Feb. 13 press release. The temporary lane closures will occur only in the areas...

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Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber accepting scholarship applications

The Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for its scholarships awarded to female high school students. The scholarships are awarded to female high school seniors in Sandy Springs. Two students from Riverwood International Charter School and two from North Springs Charter High School will receive $2,500 scholarships. The scholarships are awarded through the SSPC’s Donna Adams Mahaffey Scholarship Fund, which was established in 2015 with the goal of inspiring female graduates to attend college, according to the chamber’s website. For more information or to apply, visit...

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Environment Sandy Springs launches seminar series

Environment Sandy Springs has announced it will launch a seminar series about water quality, tree preservation and local wildlife. “Unprecedented local development, combined with Sandy Springs’ brief history of managing environmental priorities, has created a need for an educated citizenry so that local environmental resources can be preserved for future generations,” the nonprofit said in a press release. The seminars, which are free and open to the public, will kick off Feb. 20 with a presentation about development and its relationship to flooding led by Dr. Elizabeth Kramer, the director of the University of Georgia lab studying natural resources....

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through Feb. 25

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 closures Feb. 15-18, eastbound and westbound at Ga. 400 closed, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Abernathy Road lane closures Feb. 22-24, eastbound and westbound between Glenlake Parkway and Peachtree-Dunwoody Road, one right lane, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Ga. 400 ramp closures Feb. 21-22 and 24-25, northbound ramp to I-285 eastbound closed, 9 p.m. to 5...

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Sandy Springs Library renovation scheduled to finish in March

The Sandy Springs Branch Library renovation is scheduled to be completed March 21. A reopening date has not been set. The library at 395 Mount Vernon Highway N.E. has been closed since interior renovations started in August 2018.  Exterior renovations, such as painting and roof work, began earlier that year. “As we all know, things can happen to delay that completion, but we are [hopeful] that it will be done on time and we can get to the business of moving back into the branch and scheduling an actual reopen date as soon as possible,” said Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System spokesperson Claudia Strange in...

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Proposal to save money on Riverwood school rebuild gets mixed reaction

  Residents had a mixed response to the proposed changes in the Riverwood International Charter School reconstruction project at a Feb. 13 community meeting. While some thanked the Fulton County School System for shaving costs, others lamented features that would be lost. The district is proposing to renovate the auditorium and performing arts spaces instead of rebuilding them to save money on the already over-budget project. The physical education spaces, including the gym, would be identical to the approved design, but reoriented. School system officials discussed the project at Board of Education member Gail Dean’s monthly community meeting, which...

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Sandy Springs apartment fire displaces over 30 residents

  A Feb. 12 apartment fire in Sandy Springs has displaced over 30 people, according to the city. No injuries were reported in the blaze, which was reported around 6:30 p.m. in the complex at 125 Northwood Drive south of I-285, according to the city. The fire was reported as starting in the laundry room and spread to the attic, according to a Sandy Springs Fire Department Facebook post. Damage to the apartments has displaced 25 adults and seven children. The American Red Cross is providing assistance, the city said. The cause of the fire is under investigation, according to the...

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Riverwood school building may be reused, renovated to reduce costs

A proposed change to the Riverwood International Charter School design would renovate instead of replace the auditorium and performing arts spaces to reduce costs for the over-budget project, the Fulton County School System explained at a Feb. 12 meeting. The new design, if approved, still would go an estimated $3.8 million over budget rather than $14.6 million for the current design. The approved budget for the entire project is $102.9 million. The proposed changes were briefly described at the Board of Education’s Feb. 12 non-voting work session. The board is scheduled to vote on the proposal later this month...

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Sandy Springs crime reports through Feb. 1

The following crime information is provided via the Sandy Springs, Week in Review Report for the week ending Feb. 1. North District Crime: The unit reported two entering-auto incidents and two burglaries. South District Crime: There were 11 reported entering-auto incidents in the district. In most of the cases, entry was made via a broken window. There were two reported burglaries: one was an apartment residential burglary and the second occurred at a residence where an unlocked garage was entered and landscape equipment was stolen. There was also one unsuccessful commercial burglary attempt. Two suspected burglars were arrested during...

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