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New illustrations show scale, detail of possible toll lane access point in Sandy Springs

New illustrations showing the scale of the toll lanes and a potential access point at Crestline Parkway in detail were revealed at the Sandy Springs City Council March 19 meeting. The toll lanes, called “express lanes” or “managed lanes,” are proposed by the Georgia Department of Transportation in two projects that would add four new toll lanes along I-285 and Ga. 400 in the Perimeter Center area over the next decade, starting with Ga. 400 in 2021.    Parts of the toll lanes are expected to be elevated, including a high flyover atop Northridge Road, to use existing right...

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Electric scooters spotted in Sandy Springs as neighboring cities consider regulations

Electric scooters flooding Atlanta streets have made their way to Sandy Springs’ Roswell Road. The controversial rentable scooters have been touted as increasing transportation options, but criticized for creating public safety concerns. Atlanta has banned the scooters from sidewalks and set fees for companies. The cities of Brookhaven and Dunwoody are weighing their options. Sandy Springs does not have an ordinance up for consideration. Mayor Rusty Paul did comment on the scooters, saying he sees the pros and cons involved, while giving a brief update on state legislation during the Feb. 5 City Council meeting. They are “good for...

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Buckhead Coalition marks 30th year with ‘$30’ chocolate bar

The Buckhead Coalition is celebrating its 30th anniversary in one sweet way – handing out chocolate bars designed to look like $30 bill in local currency. The candy wrapper is designed to look like a bill of “30 Big Bucks” is decorated with a deer’s head and bears the slogan, “Forty-Five Neighborhoods United in Buckhead.” The design was dreamed up by Sam Massell, the Buckhead Coalition president and a former Atlanta mayor. But the actual illustration was created by his granddaughter Isabel Massell, who graduated from Georgia Southern University with a bachelor’s degree in studio art and is now...

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Atlanta Tech Village updates design of rooftop addition

Atlanta Tech Village has updated the design of the rooftop addition proposed for its tower at the intersection of Buckhead’s Piedmont and Lenox roads. The addition to the startup business center was first presented in July 2018 to the Development Review Committee of Special Public Interest District 12, a zoning area in central Buckhead. The concept is a one-story office of around 1,800 to 2,000 square feet. Architect Prem Kumar previously said Tech Village has a tenant specifically interested in rooftop space. While SPI-12 formal comments are not required, Tech Village has remained in contact for informal guidance. DRC...

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Eight townhomes targeted for demolition in Sandy Springs’ private toll lane talks, documents show

An eight-unit townhomes building on Persimmon Point is the property targeted for demolition by a Ga. 400 toll lanes interchange plan Sandy Springs has privately negotiated with the state for at least eight months, documents obtained by the Reporter reveal. It appears the city did not tell the homeowners it was privately discussing the fate of their property as part of a proposal to place the toll lanes interchange on Crestline Parkway rather than Mount Vernon Highway, which the Georgia Department of Transportation says could happen only if Sandy Springs agrees to cover an additional cost of around $23...

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Emory’s wastewater recycling greenhouse is a model for Buckhead, advocates say

Imagine a group of Buckhead’s new office towers or apartment buildings fronted by a greenhouse full of banana trees and ginger plants, like a miniature Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Now imagine that the greenhouse is not just pretty plants, but also a facility that recycles sewage or stormwater into semi-clean, lower-cost water for the buildings’ heating, cooling and toilet systems. That’s the dream that the nonprofit Livable Buckhead hopes to bring to major properties and the future park capping Ga. 400. And it’s already a reality at Emory University, where a facility called the WaterHub provides nearly 100 percent of...

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Community Survey: Are toll lanes worth taking homes?

Are separate toll lanes alongside Ga. 400 and I-285 a good idea, especially if they require razing houses to make way for the new roads? Reactions to the proposal appeared sharply split in our most recent 1Q survey. Although more than four in 10 of the 200 respondents said they would use the proposed toll lanes if they were built, about a third of the respondents said they wouldn’t use the lanes and fully a quarter said they weren’t sure whether they would or not. The survey was conducted by 1Q.com via cellphones used by residents of Reporter Newspapers...

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A TV comedy pioneer joins a movie theater’s new era

Bill Tush became one of Atlanta’s beloved cult personalities in the 1970s with a late-night newscast that became the prototype for such shows as “The Daily Show” and launched the careers of such comedy stars as Jan Hooks. Tush (the name rhymes with “rush”) now is a manager at Springs Cinema & Taphouse in Sandy Springs, where he helped usher in a complete transformation of the former Lefont art house theater. Luxury, heated recliners have replaced beaten up and stained traditional movie seating. A full bar with a wide selection of craft beer and menu items including chicken fingers...

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40-plus Sandy Springs buildings targeted for demolition in Ga. 400 toll lanes project

The Georgia Department of Transportation’s Ga. 400 toll lanes project could require the demolition of more than 40 buildings in Sandy Springs — including single-family homes, an apartment building and offices — the agency revealed at a Feb. 28 public meeting. The majority of the buildings are concentrated in two neighborhoods south of Spalding Drive. Nineteen homes are targeted on Northgreen Drive and 11 are targeted on Talbot Colony. The other properties are spread along Ga. 400 and include two multi-family structures and a commercial building. A billboard on Roberts Drive on the west side of Ga. 400 is...

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‘Battle of Atlanta’ Cyclorama painting returns to view with ‘big picture’ on Civil War

The historic “Battle of Atlanta” Cyclorama painting is back as part of a major new permanent exhibit at the Atlanta History Center that opens Feb. 22. A Feb. 21 preview of showed the 130-year-old painting, which depicts the key Civil War battle in gigantic, circular format, is back in an eye-popping restoration. Unlike its display at its former home in Grant Park, the painting is hung under tension with a slight curve that creates an optical illusion of depth of the battlefield’s landscape. The painting was moved in 2017 from Grant Park to the History Center at 130 West...

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Northside Branch Library to close May 20 for renovations, reopen by end of year

The Northside Branch Library is slated to close May 20 and remain closed for most of the year as the building and property undergo major renovations, including a new roof, a new and larger meeting room and dedicated parking spaces for the book drop. The planned projects for the small library tucked in a small space at 3295 Northside Parkway were unveiled at a Feb. 19 community meeting to a crowd of more than a dozen library supporters and staff. The Northside Branch is one of 22 libraries getting renovations in the latest phase of an Atlanta-Fulton Public Library...

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Rock bands Wallflowers, Smash Mouth headlining Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival

Rock bands the Wallflowers and Smash Mouth are slated to headline the fifth annual Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival March 30-31 at Blackburn Park, marking the second year big-name music acts have performed at the annual event. The weekend entertainment will also include the Spin Doctors and the Romantics as part of a rock and roll package put together by national booking agency Live Nation. Live Nation Senior Vice President Rich Levy sits on the board of the Brookhaven Convention and Visitors Bureau. “I couldn’t be more pleased with our partnership with Live Nation in booking these premier bands,” said...

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