Category: Sandy Springs Reporter

Sept. 18 Atlanta/Sandy Springs COVID-19 report: 159 more diagnoses; 14-day trend declines

The cities of Atlanta and Sandy Springs together saw 159 new COVID-19 diagnoses between Sept. 15 and Sept. 18 update reports from the Fulton County Board of Health. The number of cases increased in all of the main local ZIP codes. The 14-day trend declined in both cities, but varied among local ZIP codes. As of Sept. 18, the part of Atlanta within Fulton County had 11,260 COVID-19 diagnoses, up from 11,132 on Sept. 15. Sandy Springs had 2,319 diagnoses, up from 2,288. Atlanta remains the number one city in the county for COVID-19 diagnoses at 42.2% of the...

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through Sept. 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. Ashford-Dunwoody Road closures Sept. 23-24, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., closed between Hammond Drive and Lake Hearn Drive. Ashford-Dunwoody Road ramp closures Sept. 23-24, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., ramp to I-285 westbound closed. Ga. 400 ramp closures Sept. 18 and 24-25, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., northbound and southbound ramps to I-285 westbound closed. Sept. 19 and...

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Fallen trees, wires cause road closures across north Atlanta cities

Local cities saw road closures from flooding or fallen trees and wires Sept. 16 and 17 as Hurricane Sally made landfall at the Alabama-Florida border. No injuries were reported in Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. According to the National Weather Service, the Atlanta area saw 3 to 4 inches of rain over 24 hours starting at 5 p.m. on Sept. 16. Flash flood warnings were issued around the metro area, and residents and businesses experienced power outages. In Dunwoody, a massive oak tree fell from the historic Cheek-Spruill House property Sept. 17, blocking the intersection of Mount Vernon and...

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Papa John’s pizza company to open new metro Atlanta headquarters; site to be determined

The pizza restaurant company Papa John’s International will open a 200-employee global headquarters in metro Atlanta next year at a site to be determined. The deal, announced Sept. 17 by the company and Gov. Brian Kemp, involves “government incentives” that the state would not disclose. The company’s executive headquarters is currently in the metro area of its original hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, and it will maintain a headquarters there for certain departments after the metro Atlanta move, according to a spokesperson. Atlanta, Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs are frequently in contention for such headquarters. Papa John’s CEO and President...

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Bond deals create savings, funding for Sandy Springs Public Safety building and fire stations

Sandy Springs plans to use the savings it will gain from refinancing its City Springs bonds and a strong bond rating to raise another $60 million to buy land for its public safety building and fire stations and to renovate or construct those facilities. The City Council and the Sandy Springs Public Facilities Authority (PFA) — which are the same bodies under different legal names – on Sept. 15 approved issuance of the Series 2020 Refunding Revenue Bonds. The original bonds were issued in 2015 in connection with the City Center project. In a competitive bond sale, Wells Fargo...

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Sept. 15 Atlanta/Sandy Springs COVID-19 report: 186 more diagnoses; 14-day trend varies

The cities of Atlanta and Sandy Springs together saw 186 new COVID-19 diagnoses between Sept. 11 and Sept. 15 update reports from the Fulton County Board of Health. The number of cases increased in all of the main local ZIP codes. The 14-day trend varied, with the rate going slightly down in Atlanta, up in Sandy Springs, and varying among local ZIP codes. As of Sept. 15, the part of Atlanta within Fulton County had 11,132 COVID-19 diagnoses, up from 10,988 on Sept. 11. Sandy Springs had 2,288 diagnoses, up from 2,246. Atlanta remains the number one city in...

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Gov. Kemp extends pandemic safety rules through Sept. 30

Gov. Brian Kemp has extended the state pandemic safety rules through Sept. 30. The order, signed Sept. 15, extends such provisions as requiring social distancing; banning gatherings of more than 50 people unless there is six feet between each person; various specific rules for restaurants, salons and other businesses; mandatory requiring sheltering in place for those in long-term care facilities and the medically fragile. The order continues to allow local governments to mandate mask-wearing when COVID-19 cases are at a threshold of 100 per 100,000 people over a 14-day period. The order also allows some types of visitation to...

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Sandy Springs company ordered to pay back wages over coronavirus sick leave

A Sandy Springs company had to pay back wages to an employee who was denied paid sick leave despite receiving a healthcare professional’s instructions to self-quarantine because of COVID-19 concerns. The U.S. Department of Labor said in a press release on Sept. 15 that Risk & Insurance Consultants Inc. of Glenridge Drive paid the employee $1,599 in back wages. The U.S. DOL’s Wage and Hour Division determined the company’s actions violated the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Act. When told of its obligations under the law, Risk & Insurance Consultants paid the back...

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Residential units emphasized in redevelopment concepts for Sandy Springs’ former Big Lots center

The Sandy Springs North End Revitalization Committee reviewed redevelopment concepts on Sept. 14 for the former Big Lots/North Springs shopping center at 7300 Roswell Road that attempted to meet housing demands of millennials and deal with environmental issues that may restrict where owner-occupied housing can be built on the site. The meeting was the fourth and final introduction of redevelopment concepts for four North End shopping centers targeted by the city for revitalization. The other shopping centers include North River, River Springs and Northridge. Tom Walsh, a founding principal of city consultant TSW, presented the plan that emphasized residential...

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Cities of Dunwoody and Sandy Springs team on promoting lunchtime restaurant business in pandemic

The cities of Dunwoody and Sandy Springs have combined forces on “Let’s Do Lunch,” a marketing campaign intended to boost local restaurants struggling in the pandemic economy — especially those hit by the loss of lunchtime business as people work remotely. The neighboring cities were working with their convention and visitors bureaus on similar marketing campaigns and decided to join forces. The Perimeter Center area includes parts of both cities. “In the Perimeter market in particular, many people don’t know where Dunwoody ends and Sandy Springs begins,” said Dunwoody spokesperson Jennifer Boettcher. “There are great restaurants in both cities,...

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Luxury townhomes complex to open for sales in Sandy Springs’ North End

Ellison Park, a 67-unit luxury townhome community in Sandy Springs’ North End, will open for sales on Sept. 19. The complex at Roswell and Hannover Park roads replaced two office buildings. The two- and three-story townhomes range in size from roughly 2,000 to more than 3000 square feet, according to developer David Weekley Homes. Home prices start in the mid-$400,000 range, according to David Weekley Homes. The opening comes as the city is in the midst of attempting to spark mixed-use, mixed-income redevelopment in the North End. The city is currently reviewing concepts for redevelopments of several shopping centers,...

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Sandy Springs Police officer injured in car collision; man charged with DUI, hit-and-run

A Roswell man is facing driving under the influence and hit-and-run charges in connection with a Sept. 12 collision with a Sandy Springs Police car that left the officer injured, according to the police department. According to SSPD, the collision happened around 5 a.m. on Ga. 400 southbound near Hammond Drive, where the police car was parked for a lane closure with a Traffic Unit officer inside. SSPD declined to identify the officer. The police car was struck by another vehicle, which left the scene, according to SSPD. Photos posted by SSPD on social media showed extensive damage to...

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