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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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Dredging of Brookhaven’s Murphey Candler Lake begins

More than 20,000 tons of sediment and debris are expected to be removed during the dredging of a portion of Brookhaven’s Murphey Candler Lake over the next six months. Dredging of the lake within the 135-acre Murphey Candler Park on West Nancy Creek Drive began Jan. 15, a day after the City Council approved a nearly $1.8 million contract to Merrell Bros. Inc. of Kokomo, Indiana, to complete the job. Dredging the lake was recommended in the city’s Nancy Creek watershed plan approved in 2016 and the city expects it to be finished within 180 days. The project includes...

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Brookhaven set to approve new Lynwood Park master plan; residents worry about traffic

A redesigned Lynwood Park master plan that includes a splash pad and swimming pool is set to be approved by the Brookhaven City Council Jan. 14. Neighborhood residents say they are looking forward to the new amenities, but are also worried about them attracting visitors and creating more traffic gridlock along their streets. The splash pad replaces a “lazy river,” a shallow pool that floats like a river, approved by voters just over a year ago as part of a $40 million parks bond referendum. But the lazy river was controversial with many residents. Some alleged it was not...

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Brookhaven mayor and council members take office after swearing-in ceremony

Brookhaven City Hall was packed Jan. 7 with family, friends and supporters to witness the swearing in of the mayor and two City Council members. DeKalb State Court Judge Mike Jacobs swore in John Ernst for his second term as mayor and Linley Jones for her second term as the District 1 representative on the City Council. Madeleine Simmons was sworn in for her first term as the District 3 representative on the council. “We did a lot in the last four years and we will continue to do a lot in the next four years,” Ernst said after...

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Exceptional Educator: Brandon Hall teacher leads National Cemetery cleanup

Greg Morris has been working hard to have his students more actively engaged in the community, from cleanup projects to water testing experiments. Morris teaches science at Brandon Hall School, a Sandy Springs private school serving grades 6-12, and started in 2017. Before he became a teacher, Morris was in the Army and worked for the Lilburn Police Department, which inspired his school field trip in September. To honor the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorism attacks, Morris brought the middle school class to the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, one of the 135 national burial sites in the...

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New Dunwoody mayor and City Council members take office

Dunwoody City Hall was packed Jan. 2 for the swearing in ceremony of the city’s new mayor and council members. DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Stacey Hydrick swore in Lynn Deutsch and new City Council members Stacey Harris and Joe Seconder. John Heneghan, who has served on the council since the city was incorporated in 2008, was also sworn in after being reelected with no opposition. Heneghan was also elected Mayor Pro Tem. The crowd gave standing ovations and loud rounds of cheers following the swearing in. “The best is yet to come,” Mayor Lynn Deutsch said. “We are...

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Around Town: From the Marines to mastering art

William Makepeace knew it was time for a change. He was in his forties, getting a divorce, and after years in the financial industry, he wanted to work with his hands. So the ex-Marine and father of two decided to become a sculptor. “I hit the reset button,” the 50-year-old Buckhead artist said one recent afternoon, sitting in his sculpture studio and surrounded by things he’d made since his change of direction in 2015. “I 100 percent hit the reset button.” He believed he could handle his new direction. He felt it was in his DNA. For generations, he...

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Readers’ favorite Sandy Springs stories of 2019

Here are the top 10 Sandy Springs stories of 2019 as clicked by our online readers. Click the headline to read the original story. For the Reporters’ own selections for the year’s top stories and trends, see our list here. 1. Illustrated video shows Ga. 400 toll lane design 2. 40-plus Sandy Springs buildings targeted for demolition in Ga. 400 toll lanes project 3. 20 Sandy Springs houses would be demolished for GDOT toll lanes project, residents say 4. Wegmans grocery chain denies report of new Sandy Springs store 5. Scooter company says it’s unsure why vehicles are in...

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Readers’ favorite Dunwoody stories of 2019

Here are the top 10 Dunwoody stories of 2019 as clicked by our online readers. Click the headline to read the original story. For the Reporters’ own selections for the year’s top stories and trends, see our list here. 1. Scooter company says it’s unsure why vehicles are in Dunwoody and Sandy Springs 2. Cox plans layoffs at Dunwoody, Sandy Springs campuses; won’t affect AJC or buildings 3. Dunwoody restaurants ticketed for alleged underage alcohol sales 4. 300-plus properties could be affected by I-285 ‘top end’ toll lanes project 5. Wright’s sandwich shop, a Dunwoody icon, abruptly closes 6....

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Readers’ favorite Brookhaven stories of 2019

Here are the top 10 Brookhaven stories of 2019 as clicked by our online readers. Click the headline to read the original story. For the Reporters’ own selections for the year’s top stories and trends, see our list here. 1. Emory unveils $1B plan to remake Executive Park as ‘health innovation district’ 2. Developer sues Brookhaven over failed mixed-use project 3. 300-plus properties could be affected by I-285 ‘top end’ toll lanes project 4. Brookhaven apartment tenants protest fines; owner blames city beautification push 5. Brookhaven pays $1.5M for Buford Highway parcel for future I-85 flyover bridge 6. Atlanta...

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Readers’ favorite Buckhead stories of 2019

Here are the top 10 Buckhead stories of 2019 as clicked by our online readers. Click the headline to read the original story. For the Reporters’ own selections for the year’s top stories and trends, see our list here. 1. Buckhead developer hit with $351K fine for road-blocking crane 2. Panel recalls FBI, AJC roles in case of Richard Jewell, Olympics bombing hero turned suspect 3. 300-plus properties could be affected by I-285 ‘top end’ toll lanes project 4. Atlanta Child Murders evidence to get modern DNA tests 5. Sandy Springs annexing Buckhead? Residents chatter, officials shrug 6. At...

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Buckhead’s 2019 Year in Review

Quality of life was a major theme in Buckhead in 2019, from such perennial issues as ever-increasing commuter traffic and crime to such unusual situations as a “party mansion.” Also in the news were the interconnected issues of Atlanta Public Schools leadership and tax breaks for luxury real estate projects. 2020 will be the year some of those issues shake out and new policies may emerge. Atlanta Public Schools leadership Controversy erupted in September when the Atlanta Board of Education confirmed it would not renew Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria Carstarphen’s contract. At various community meetings, Carstarphen drew support...

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