Category: Sandy Springs Reporter

Sandy Springs assisted living facility proposes expansion to adjacent house

An assisted living facility on Mountain Creek Road in Sandy Springs is proposing expanding to a single-family house adjacent to it. The facility, The Cottages on Mountain Creek, will present its plan to convert the house, located at 5790 Mountain Creek Road off of Carpenter Drive, at a Nov. 14 meeting. The meeting will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. at 347 Carpenter Drive. The single-family house would be converted to an assisted living home for eight residents, according to documents filed with the city. The building footprint would remain the same, according to the document. The facility...

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Sandy Springs sets public meeting for proposed ‘cultural center’

Sandy Springs has set a Nov. 29 public meeting to gather input on a proposed “cultural center” that would house local groups and could provide a location for the state’s required Holocaust memorial. Groups interested in moving in include Visit Sandy Springs, the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust and its local Anne Frank exhibit, according to the city. The idea for the center was announced at the City Council’s Nov. 6 meeting. At the meeting, residents will be able to meet the design team, hear an update on the project’s process and provide...

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Sandy Springs calls for more extensive library renovation

The City Council on Nov. 6 approved a resolution calling for more extensive exterior renovations to the Sandy Springs Library after seeing other Fulton County libraries receive more funding than was originally allocated. The Sandy Springs Library is currently being renovated as part of a countywide initiative. Most of the renovations are interior, but also include new exterior paint, doors and windows. The call comes after a Roswell library was approved additional funding for more exterior renovations. Councilmember John Paulson, who authored the resolution, said he wants to make sure the county knows Sandy Springs wants to be considered...

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Robin’s Nest: Wrong Way Robin

I’m what you could call “directionally challenged.” You might think that this is my glib way of telling you that I am very short (which I am), but you would be wrong. Rather, I am divulging my complete and utter inability to find my way anywhere. Seriously. Anywhere. Given the choice between any two directions — north or south, east or west, forward or backward — I will inevitably pick the wrong one. This is true even if the choice is “up or down.” To further complicate matters, I walk very quickly. So when on foot, I get lost...

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Sandy Springs buys house for Hammond widening

The Sandy Springs City Council approved a house purchase on Lorell Terrace for a possible Hammond Drive widening project at its Nov. 6 meeting. The property is located at 623 Lorell Terrace and the council approved the purchase price of $400,000. The city has previously purchased several houses, almost exclusively on Hammond Drive, to land-bank in anticipation of the project, which is in a study phase. The property is not directly on Hammond Drive, sitting a couple hundred feet to the north into the neighborhood. City officials said some other properties it has bought directly on Hammond have lots...

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Community Survey: Is the Super Bowl good for Atlanta?

When it comes to the Super Bowl, count many locals as superfans of bringing the game to Atlanta. And more than a few believe the Falcons can still win it. More than two-thirds of the 200 respondents to Reporter Newspapers’ most recent 1Q survey welcomed the Super Bowl LIII to Mercedes-Benz Stadium in February, saying that it mattered to them that the game would be played in Atlanta. “It is great for the community,” a 24-year-old Buckhead woman commented. “Hosting the Super Bowl is an honor for our city and helps the local economy greatly!” The survey was conducted...

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Sandy Springs’ Mount Vernon/Johnson Ferry design contract approved

The Sandy Springs City Council approved at its Nov. 6 meeting an engineering contract for the Mount Vernon Highway/Johnson Ferry Road reconstruction, moving forward the controversial project. Jacobs Engineering, in a $930,000 contract, will do a full design for the compressed version of the project, which requires less right of way and would have less park and multiuse path space. The council has instructed the firm to try to expand the compressed grid where possible. The firm will deliver two designs, one with the controversial cut-through road that would need the taking of a home, and one without. It...

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Local transit board member boasts vanpool and app expertise

The first local representative elected to the new “ATL” transit agency board is a vanpooling pioneer and former Georgia Tech professor who is suing Uber and Lyft for alleged patent infringement — and hoping a settlement can help make a new public utility to connect everything from toll lanes to MARTA in one cellphone app. “The objective would be to make a public utility based in Atlanta where you could bring all these things together,” said Steve Dickerson, who was elected by officials on Oct. 24 to the ATL’s District 3 seat. “There’s a big advantage to having practically...

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City Springs Performing Arts Center general manager leaves the job

The general manager of the City Springs Performing Arts Center has left the job, with no public announcement, three months after the PAC’s grand opening. The sales and marketing manager has departed as well. Michael Enoch, who was hired as general manager at the start of 2017, was instrumental in starting the PAC at Sandy Springs’ new civic center and booking its first season of shows. Lisa Crawford, the PAC’s sales and marketing manager, started her job in February. The city was not involved in the decision, city spokesperson Sharon Kraun said. Spectra, a private company that directly employed the...

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Sandy Springs salutes veterans

The city of Sandy Springs saluted veterans on Nov. 9 at City Springs. For its ninth annual installment, the Veterans Day Tribute moved from the Concourse Center to the new civic center, with retired U.S. Marine Corps Col. Jim Bacchus as keynote speaker and the serving of a birthday cake for the Marine Corps. Due to rain, the main ceremony was moved indoors to the Byers Theatre. Photos by Phil Mosier. Members of Buckhead’s American Legion Post 140, including City Manager John McDonough and City Councilmember John Paulson, second and third from left, salute the flag during the national...

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through Nov. 16

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 closure Nov. 10-11: closed between Ga. 400 and Barfield Road, detour on Ga. 400 Exits 5 and 5 A, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Ashford-Dunwoody Road ramp closure Nov. 12-14: Ramp to I-285 westbound closed, detour on I-285 eastbound/Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Ga. 400 lane closures Nov. 9-10: Northbound and southbound between Glenridge...

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Road Rescuers: Sandy Springs police program fixes flats, clears accidents

On a rainy, hazy morning, Officer Steve Hammer sped down the shoulder on I-285, sirens on his bright yellow truck blaring, making his way to an accident scene. On arrival, he jumped out of the truck to stop traffic and help the damaged cars move to safety. Hammer is one of two Sandy Springs Police officers who spend their days in yellow, heavy-duty pickup trucks clearing accidents and helping drivers with flat tires, jumping batteries and refilling gas for Sandy Springs’ Traffic Response Vehicles program. The program started in 2015, and has since worked on thousands of calls and...

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