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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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City contracts for Lakewood and Buckhead’s Chastain Park amphitheaters need better supervision, report says

The city of Atlanta’s leases with promoter Live Nation to run amphitheaters at Lakewood and Buckhead’s Chastain Park “do little to protect the city’s interests,” according to a new audit. At Chastain, the report says, the problems include a lack of revenue documentation, a failing sound monitoring system that led to a noise violation, incorrectly diverted funds, and a technical failure on a minority hiring requirement. The city got about $4.2 million in revenue from the two venues in 2016 through 2018, according to the City Auditor’s Office report, which was finished in August and delivered Sept. 8 to...

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Brookhaven starts ‘City Centre’ planning for area around MARTA station

The Brookhaven City Council approved a $309,384 contract to prepare the City Centre Master Plan during its Sept. 8 meeting. Out of 22 bids, the city chose HGOR, an Atlanta-based landscape architecture firm, to create a master plan for the area around the Brookhaven/Oglethorpe MARTA Station. The plan is set to be completed within a year and a half. The City Centre Master Plan will guide future developments in the area concentrated near the MARTA station, which will be considered the city center. It includes the commercial areas on Peachtree Road, extending south near Colonial Drive, east to Conasauga...

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Around Town: Buckhead resident helps Georgia Audubon spread its wings

When Esther Stokes moved into a new home in Brookwood Hills a couple of years ago, the yard sprouted many familiar flowering plants with roots in foreign places. Now those imports are disappearing. Stokes is replacing her azaleas and camellias with Joe Pye weed, cardinal flowers and other types of greenery that grew up here in the wild. With her new plantings, Stokes, a landscape designer by trade, is going native. Why? Because her garden is for the birds. It’s a bit for the bees, too. Also, the bugs, to tell the truth. But it’s mostly for the birds...

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Parents juggle children and work during first weeks of virtual learning

Natalie Cedor’s living room transformed into an elementary, middle and high school on Aug. 17. Though her three boys– fifth-grader Stefan, seventh-grader Jaeden and 11th-grader Devon — may all be in the same room, the schedules for each of them are different, but Cedor said her children have been surprisingly self regulated in their work. “In the spring, there wasn’t as much structure,” said Cedor, whose children are in Fulton County School System. “Now it’s more structured and there’s more weight for the kids’ performance, so a little bit more stress for me.” Cedor and other parents in the...

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HVAC systems are next battleground in the COVID-19 fight

As America ventures into pandemic reopenings, something new is in the air along with the now classic hygiene talk about hand-washing, social distancing and mask-wearing. Anti-virus additions to air conditioning and heating systems are the next wave of the pandemic strategy as people gather inside buildings where virus particles may float around for extended periods. From restaurants to art classrooms, MARTA offices to schools, building managers are looking at tactics that range from blowing in more fresh air to adding possibly virus-scrubbing filters or COVID-killing ultraviolet lights. Like many social aspects of the pandemic, the HVAC battlefront is a...

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Photos: Confluence Bridge makes its Buckhead trail connection

The Confluence Bridge has made its long-awaited connection across Buckhead’s Peachtree Creek. The 175-foot-long pedestrian span was placed via crane on Aug. 21 over the creek at a spot along the west side of I-85, behind the Lakeshore Crossing apartments off Piedmont Road. The roughly $2.5 million project by the South Fork Conservancy connects that group’s trail systems with Buckhead’s PATH400 mulituse trail along Adina Lane. Ultimately, the bridge is intended to connect those trails with the Atlanta BeltLine and an extension of the Peachtree Creek Greenway, the first disconnected mile of which recently opened in Brookhaven. “Our goal...

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In Buckhead’s latest party mansion case, an unhappy neighbor is also City Council member

It’s a familiar story in Buckhead: a lavish mansion is rented out for noisy parties that, neighbors complain, continue even after the arrest of an owner and operator. But this time, one of those neighbors is Atlanta City Councilmember Howard Shook, and he’s doing more than calling the cops — he’s filing legislation to totally ban short-term rentals in single-family neighborhoods. The mansion at 3511 Roxboro Road in Ridgedale Park racked up 34 noise complaints and 55 other police calls between Jan. 1 and Aug. 21, according to Atlanta Police Department records, while hosting such events as “the biggest...

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Fulton sewer line project in Sandy Springs nears completion, takes trees

Residents of Stonepark of Dunwoody and Parc at Dunwoody Apartments wondering if a Fulton County sewer line project will ever get finished and what the buffer area between the developments will look like have to wait more than a month to see its completion. And that’s if the weather cooperates. The two properties are off Colquitt Road south of Pitts Road. “Right now, nothing has been done in about three weeks, so the mess just sits gathering mud,” Olga Roos, who lives in the Stonepark of Dunwoody condo development, said on Aug. 21. “No one has told us when...

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Dunwoody Village buffer battle sparks lawsuit threats, petition

Behind one of Dunwoody Village’s busiest shopping centers, a 200-foot-wide strip of forest separates business from homes. Now it may become a legal battlefront, as the city’s plan to spur higher-density redevelopment there could trim the leafy buffer, an idea that is leading to lawsuit threats and a 1,000-signature petition. The Peachtree Shops of Dunwoody, LLC, which owns the Shops of Dunwoody shopping center, filed an Aug. 5 notice threatening to sue the city if it requires the Planning Commission’s recommended buffer zone between the Dunwoody Village Overlay and abutting residential areas in the overlay’s zoning rewrite. The Dunwoody...

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Dresden Village project returns, may get $13.5M tax break

The controversial Dresden Village mixed-used development that won approval for a property tax break worth up to $13.5 million has strained the city’s relationship with DeKalb County, causing a stall in the city’s federal COVID-19 relief funds and drawing criticism from a county commissioner who says it’s an unnecessary drain on county and school system coffers. Granted under the code name “Project X,” the tax break is drawing criticism from a DeKalb County commissioner as an unnecessary drain on county and school system coffers. The Brookhaven Development Authority approved the 22-year tax abatement during a special called Aug. 12...

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Sandy Springs reveals three sites for riverfront access

Three potential sites picked for public access to the Chattahoochee River have been presented to Sandy Springs’ North End Revitalization Advisory Committee as a means to help stimulate development in that section of the city. The city has quietly sought to access, connect and “activate” the riverfront between Johnson Ferry Road and Holcomb Bridge Road, Catherine Mercier-Baggett, sustainability manager for the city, told the committee during a virtual meeting on Aug. 13. The goals include building upon the city’s Trail Master Plan and is intended to implement the Next Ten land use plans developed for the North End. “This...

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