Category: Sandy Springs Reporter

Dunwoody man’s news photos captured Sandy Springs blast, other moments in Olympic bomber’s terror campaign

Around these parts, Alan Mothner is best known as the longtime executive director of the Dunwoody Nature Center, which programs a beloved local park. But in the 1990s, he had a very different career as a news photographer on the story of a terrorist’s bombings of the Olympics and other metro Atlanta sites. In 1997, he was within 30 feet of a bomb when it exploded outside a Sandy Springs abortion clinic, and took dramatic photos that were published around the nation. “It was one of those fight-or-flight moments… I decided to do what a good journalist does, which...

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Sandy Springs purchases two parcels for $134K for Spalding Drive sidewalk project

The Sandy Springs City Council approved two parcel purchases for $134,100 in order to continue with the Spalding Drive sidewalk project. One property includes the acquisition of 1,531.57 square feet of right of way and 3,415.25 square feet of a temporary construction easement for three years during construction at the front of a house located at 6018 Spalding Drive, for $133,000. The property owners, Kevin and Christine Ulm, rejected the city’s original offer of $69,600 and have agreed to $63,400. The biggest difference between the city’s appraisal and the property owners’ appraisal was the cost to re-establish the owners’...

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99-year-old GDOT ‘legend’ and WWII veteran tours I-285/Ga. 400 interchange project

To many metro Atlanta residents, the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange reconstruction project is considered a nuisance. But to Wendell Lawing, a 99-year-old former state bridge engineer for the Georgia Department of Transportation and a World War II veteran, it is a sight to see. “I have been around a century and I have seen a lot of changes,” Lawing said during a Nov. 7 tour of the “Transform 285/400” project guided by project manager Marlo Clowers. Lawing is considered a legend by the state transportation department, paving the way for the designs of the I-285/I-85 interchange known today as Spaghetti...

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Sandy Springs says new shop is an illegal ‘adult bookstore’

The newly opened Sandy Springs location of a controversial sex shop chain is an illegal “adult bookstore” and has been cited for a code violation, according to the city. The Tokyo Valentino store’s property at 6074 Roswell Road is not zoned for an adult bookstore, city spokesperson Sharon Kraun said, and the shop has until Dec. 20 to reduce its sex-related merchandise displays to meet the code. Owner Michael Morrison did not immediately respond to a comment request. Tokyo Valentino is an Atlanta-based chain of self-described “erotiques” or “erotic boutiques,” which sells adult costumes, sex toys and videos. The...

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Developer of Sandy Springs hotel withdraws tax break request

The developer for a large hotel planned for Sandy Springs has withdrawn a request for the city to approve a $900,000 tax incentive during the construction. At the beginning of a Dec. 3 meeting, the City Council removed the agenda item because of the withdrawal. “The owner has withdrawn that request, so we can take that off the agenda,” Mayor Rusty Paul said at the meeting. The developer, Glenridge Green Partners, LLC, did not respond to a comment request about why the request was withdrawn. The council was slated to vote to waive nearly $906,000 in fees and taxes...

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Sandy Springs City Council awards $300K contract for North End shopping center designs

The Sandy Springs City Council awarded a $307,260 contract to architect firm TSW for the designs of four shopping centers in the North End at a Dec. 3 meeting. Mayor Rusty Paul made it a point to clarify that the designs will not be set in stone and the four projected sites are not necessarily the ones to be developed. “These are illustrations,” Paul said at the meeting. “We are not designing specifically what we want to see on these specific sites.” A work session was also slated at the meeting for city staff to present a proposed “zone”...

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Buckhead executive named new U.S. senator for Georgia, replacing Isakson

Buckhead business executive Kelly Loeffler will be the new U.S. senator for Georgia, replacing incumbent Johnny Isakson, who is stepping down mid-term at year’s end for health reasons. Loeffler, a Republican, was appointed to the Senate seat Dec. 4 by Gov. Brian Kemp. If she seeks to stay in the seat beyond the vacancy appointment, she will have to defend it in a 2020 special election. The seat will be on the ballot yet again in 2022, when Isakson’s original term expires. In a social media post, Kemp praised Loeffler as political conservative: “Kelly is a patriot who believes...

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Sandy Springs City Council uses eminent domain for Roswell Road sidewalk project

The Sandy Springs City Council approved a property be acquired via eminent domain for a Roswell Road sidewalk project at a Nov. 19 meeting. The council voted unanimously to let City Attorney Dan Lee move forward with the taking of property at 5300 Roswell Road to continue with a sidewalk project between Long Island Drive and the Prado shopping center. The property is a 0.581-acre lot located at 5300 Roswell Road that holds a Chevron gas station and a cellphone repair shop. The purchase includes 3,0331.01 square feet of right of way and 2,025.77 square feet for a temporary...

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Memories of a terrorist’s bombing spree at Olympics and Sandy Springs

The 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing is back in the news, as a new book and an upcoming Clint Eastwood movie give their takes on the story of Richard Jewell, a heroic security guard who saved people from the bomb only to become falsely suspected as the criminal who planted it. The real perpetrator was right-wing terrorist Eric Rudolph. After the Olympics, Rudolph went on to bomb an LGBTQ nightclub in Atlanta and two medical clinics that performed abortions, one in Alabama and one in Sandy Springs. The Sandy Springs bombing on Jan. 16, 1997, at an office building at...

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Sandy Springs names new city manager

Sandy Springs has named Andrea Surratt as its new city manager. The appointment was recommended by Mayor Rusty Paul and approved by the City Council at a Dec. 3 meeting. Surratt’s annual salary will be $222,000, according to a city document. Surratt will begin the position on Jan. 6, 2020, Paul said at the meeting. “Cities are strengthened by meaningful community discussions about growth, neighborhood preservation, revitalization, and inclusive community identity,” Surratt said in a city of Sandy Springs press release. “I look forward to working with the Sandy Springs City Council, citizens and staff to shape this young...

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Controversial sex shop chain opens location in Sandy Springs

A new location for a controversial chain of sexually oriented shops has opened in Sandy Springs despite the owner previously saying it would be a dancer’s clothing store. The storefront at 6074 Roswell Road has new signs for “Tokyo Valentino,” the name of the Atlanta-based sex shop chain of self-described “erotiques” or “erotic boutiques,” which sells adult costumes, sex toys and videos. On a Dec. 3 visit to the 6074 Roswell Road store, an associate said the shop opened “sometime this week.” Work on the storefront sparked confusion whether it would be another sex shop, coming just after a...

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Sandy Springs names city manager candidate from Montana

Sandy Springs’ new city manager is proposed to be Andrea Surratt, who currently holds a similar job in Montana. The council is slated to vote on a city manager appointment at its Dec. 3 meeting. Mayor Rusty Paul recommends appointing Surratt, according to a staff memo. Surratt would replace Peggy Merriss, who was appointed as interim city manager in July as a temporary replacement for Sandy Springs’ founding city manager, John McDonough. Sandy Springs has said it aims to hire a permanent replacement by early next year. If she is appointed, Surratt’s annual salary would be $222,000, according to...

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