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Johns Creek snub could cost the city on radios BY DAN WHISENHUNT
Sandy Springs officials are scrambling to recalculate what local taxpayers will spend on a new public safety radio system after the city of Johns Creek balked at helping other cities pay for it. On Jan. 14, Johns Creek City Council voted unanimously against signing an agreement with four other cities – Sandy Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta and Milton – to spend $16 million to implement the new radios. Johns Creek questioned the selection of the radio provider, Motorola Solutions, and said the contract should’ve been competitively bid. Sandy Springs City Manager John McDonough said the city opted to use state contract pricing to select the company, and said the cities benefit financially from the state’s pur-
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Developers encouraged by downtown plans BY DAN WHISENHUNT
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Anna Grinshpon, 5, holds a paper dragon she made during a Chinese New Year program and celebration at the Sandy Springs Library on Jan. 19. More photos on page 23.
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Two buyers of some choice Sandy Springs real estate say the city’s recent adoption of a downtown master plan sweetened the deal for them. Nicholas Telesca, president of Branch Properties, and top officials with Regency Centers Corp. both endorsed the city’s plan. Branch Properties bought the CityWalk property, advertised for sale at $27.8 million, in November. Regency Centers Corp. in December paid $35.3 million for the Sandy Springs Plaza. Both properties will have a front row seat to the development of the city’s downtown redevelopment. CityWalk CONTINUED ON PAGE 7
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