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►NPU-B backs Peachtree Hills tower p. 4 ►Residents resist Brookhaven/Oglethorpe MARTA development plans p. 16


Chastain construction projects soon will give parts of park a new look


Stephen Derks, with the Astra Group, installs safety netting around the new “tree house” structure at Chastain Park on Jan. 28. See additional photos on page 18.►

MAKING A DIFFERENCE A mother and her two daughters share their breast cancer journeys BY DYANA BAGBY

Fourteen years ago, Maxx Schube was in the carpool lane at Davis Academy in Sandy Springs waiting to pick up her children when she felt a lump in her breast and another one on her chest. See FAMILY on page 6

“Tra�fic is already horrible. It’s going to get worse [in the Perimeter Center area]. ... It’ll just mean I’ll avoid that whole area. It’ll change where I shop, where I go. Right now you have to plan when you’re going to do stu�f because tra�fic is just horrible.” SUSAN CLARKE

See more reaction to proposed highrises in the Perimeter area in Commentary, page 12.


OUT & ABOUT Celebrate Black History Month Page 8

Construction projects now underway are giving new looks to several familiar features around Chastain Park. The park’s playground reopens this month after a $2.5 million makeover by the Chastain Park Conservancy that expands the play area fourfold to 40,000 square feet. A formal opening for the playground is scheduled for March. Meanwhile, separate projects underway in other parts of the park will extend the jogging path along Powers Ferry Road and make the Chastain Park pool available for year-round swimming. The expanded amenities add new swings and three ground-level slides, a “tree house” structure, a musical play area, bathrooms and open areas. “We have a variety of modes of play,” said Rosa McHugh, executive director of the conservancy, as she visited the playSee CHASTAIN on page 18

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Building a little library in Peachtree Hills Park

Friends gathered at Peachtree Hills Park on Jan. 31 to help Eagle Scout candidate Colin Forsyth create a “Little Free Library.” Top left, Miles Jackson, left, and Teddy Porter dig a hole. Top center, Colin Forsyth, front left, with Miles’ help, right, is joined by Bradley Reeves, back left, and Sterling Spiegl in preparing the spot to drop in the post. Top right, Colin and Miles check their work. Center left, the four boys, accompanied by Colin’s father Ian, back, bending down, place the library box on its post. Center right, four proud young men. Left, Colin and his father Ian tidy up the grounds around the library. Right, the two admire their work.


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the city said in its release. “I want to thank Mayor Reed for his efforts in reaching a compromise, which I believe is in the best interest of Atlanta Public Schools, our city and the BeltLine,” Atlanta Board of Education Chair Courtney English said. “This new agreement provides financial certainty for APS that will be used to further our turnaround efforts and protects the future success of the BeltLine.”



A resolution calling for the city to examine the extent and effects of Buckhead’s notorious traffic congestion was approved by Atlanta City Council. The legislation asks for a determination of just how heavy traffic really is on the Peachtree Road corridor, and how the congestion impacts the delivery of key city services. The resolution also aims to project future congestion levels should the area grow to the maximum density envisioned by Atlanta’s Comprehensive Development Plan. The legislation was introduced by Councilmembers Yolanda Adrean and Howard Shook, whose districts share the densely developed area. “The time has come to meet our traffic problem head-on,” said Adrean. “People need to know if our traffic congestion is merely a nuisance or a legitimate threat to our health, safety and welfare,” said Shook. “Either way, this study will help point a way forward.” The work will be performed by Arcadis/BPA, an on-call firm Atlanta can utilize when engineering or design expertise is needed. The study’s cost and delivery date will be determined by the time the legislation appears in committee next week.


Atlanta city and school officials have reached an agreement they say will allow continued development of the BeltLine while providing payments to the Atlanta Public Schools.

“A healthy BeltLine means a healthier, stronger Atlanta Public School system and a stronger city of Atlanta,” Mayor Kasim Reed said in a press release after the agreement was approved by Atlanta City CounBoard of Education Chair cil, the Courtney English school board and boards of Invest Atlanta and Atlanta BeltLine Inc. The original agreement to create and fund the Atlanta BeltLine was designed prior to the Great Recession, the city said. In that agreement, in exchange for APS contributing a portion of its tax revenues to the project, the city of Atlanta, Atlanta BeltLine Inc. and Invest Atlanta pay the school system, “Payments in Lieu of Taxes,” known as PILOTs. The payments were “unsustainable,” the city said in a press release, “and would halt the progress” of the BeltLine. The new agreement restructures the payments and ensures the future development of the Atlanta BeltLine in a way that reflects current economic realities as well as APS’ need for guaranteed revenue,

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open field off Howell Mill Road at 9 a.m. Work is scheduled to last until noon.

The Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy and Trees Atlanta have scheduled a volunteer work day for Feb. 27 to work on erosion control to repair damage done by floods in December. Volunteers are sought to help install plants to shore up eroded banks on Peachtree Creek. Volunteers interested in taking part are asked to meet in the


Livable Buckhead announced recently that two phases of the southern end of the PATH400 greenway have been completed. Portions on Garson Drive between Piedmont Road, Adina and on Morosgo Way were completed, the organization said.

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Civic leaders gather at Buckhead Coalition’s 27th annual meeting BY JOHN RUCH

NPU-B backs Peachtree Hills tower

The keynote speaker was Paulette Brown, president of the American Bar Association, who spoke about the importance of diversity and inclusion in employment as both ethical and good business.

A crowd of the city’s movers and shakers gathered for the 27th annual Buckhead Coalition annual meeting Jan. 27, held at the 103 West event hall on West Paces Ferry Road. Guests were greeted by former Atlanta Mayor Sam Massell, who founded and leads the civic organization, an invitation-only group of 100 CEOs and others active in Buckhead life. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Fulton County Chairman John Eaves JOHN RUCH were among the many Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, left, joins Paulette Brown, elected officials in attenpresident of the American Bar Association, and Buckhead Coalition President Sam Massell at the Buckhead dance. Reed credited MasCoalition’s 27th annual meeting Jan. 27 at 103 West. sell with demonstrating that “there’s no such thing as retirement for mayors” and praised the Buckhead Coalition for She also praised the coalition’s diassistance in getting through his “toughverse membership and said, “It’s good to est summer” in dealing with a spike in loknow that you bring together private and cal crime. “The point is that we hear you,” public concerns, because nothing can be Reed told the coalition membership. done without the other.”

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Lawyer Carl Westmoreland presents Branch Properties’ proposed tower to the board of NPU-B.


But Peachtree Hills resident Laura Dobson asked that the NPU require the developer to save more of the building, which she said covers more than 16,000 square feet. She asked that the original portion of the 1929 building, which covered more than 6,000 square feet, be preserved. “I’m not asking them not to touch it. I’m asking them to preserve the impor-

Despite a resident’s plea that a developer be required to save more of an 87-year-old building than planned, members of the board of Neighborhood Planning Unit-B sided with a neighborhood association and overwhelmingly approved a proposal for a 15-story residential building on Peachtree Road. The board voted 22-1, with one member abstaining, to approve Branch Properties’ plan for the residential tower at 2395, 2425 and 2451 Peachtree Road. A fast-food restaurant and a 1929 building known as the Bindery occupy portions of the site. Branch Properties representatives said the developer plans to keep about 2,600 square feet of the building as part of the new development, which will feature apartments and street-level shops or restaurants. After extensive negotiations with representatives of the Peachtree Hills neighborhood, the developer won support for the project from 80 percent of the neighborhood’s residents, representatives told the NPU board.

Peachtree Hills resident Laura Dobson asked that the Bindery be saved.

tant part of the buildng,” she said. Richard Lee of Branch Properties said the developer was saving as much of the building as it could. “We’ve spent tens of thousands of dollars to save the 2,600 square feet,” he said. “Do we wish we could save more? Of course we do. But we’re thrilled to save the 2,600 square feet.”

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As MARTA seeks more funds, Fulton officials take a regional approach BY JOHN RUCH

The political battle is just beginning over MARTA’s request, filed in the Gold Dome Feb. 1, to seek an additional halfpenny sales tax from DeKalb and Fulton voters on the November ballot. But whatever happens, a new era of regionally-minded transportation planning seems to be dawning in parts of Fulton County. Fulton Chairman John Eaves has been convening a group of Fulton mayors for several months to hash out a possible menu of road and mass transit projects to put before voters. And Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul has said he’s asked City Manager John McDonough to gather staff from various Fulton cities to talk about the nitty-gritty of regional projects. “I think you’re going to see something miraculous this year” as the mayors collaborate on a possible transportation funding package to send to voters, Eaves said at a recent meeting of the Buckhead Coalition. “The Fulton County Commission, I give them credit,” Paul said in an interview last fall, when the meetings were

just beginning. “They’re taking leadership in getting everyone at the table.” Under existing legislation, DeKalb and Fulton can ask voters to approve a special local option sales tax of up to 1 penny on the November ballot for transportation projects. The tax would sunset in five years. The MARTA proposal—filed by state Sen. Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta)— would devote up to half of that penny to MARTA for more than 40 years, to match the lifetime of the transit agency’s existing 1 penny tax.

Extending the Red Line

MARTA says the additional SPLOST money could fund extension of the Red Line to Alpharetta, including a new Northridge station in Sandy Springs; a light rail connection through the Emory University area between Buckhead’s Lindbergh station and the Blue Line’s Avondale station; and a rail extension along I-20 to Lithonia. Political opinion varies on whether MARTA should get more SPLOST funds and if so, how much. Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker has been skeptical. Atlanta

Mayor Kasim Reed backs the half-penny and “will not support any proposal that does not fund transit, which our region needs to grow and prosper,” according to city of Atlanta spokeswoman Jenna Garland. Paul supports the MARTA expansion and has been discussing SPLOST options with other Fulton mayors. He declined to comment on the state of those talks, saying it’s too early for details.

Regional planning

But in previous interviews and reports at City Council meetings, Paul has talked about the importance of regional planning and finding a compromise mix of road and mass transit projects that voters would approve because they would actually use them. “As [poet] John Donne said, we’re not an island among ourselves,” Paul said in an interview last fall. And, he said, elected officials need to bridge the gap between the existing short-term SPLOST vision and MARTA’s long-term plans. “We’ve got to get them both on the same page…[in a] comprehensive, rational plan,” he said.

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Doctors told her not to worry, the lumps were nothing. But she insisted on a biopsy. The biopsy came back positive for cancer. She then also insisted on being tested for the breast cancer susceptibility gene (BRCA) – as an Ashkenazi Jew, she knew she was at a higher risk of having the gene. That test also came back positive for the BRCA 1 gene mutation, meaning she was likely to get either ovarian or breast cancer before age 70. She underwent treatment and is now a 13-year survivor of breast cancer. As a mother with daughters and a son, she wanted them to be tested for the gene as well. Her two daughters, Rochelle and Alana, were positive; her son was negative. Now, her daughter, Alana, 24, is in treatment for a recurrence of breast cancer after undergoing just last year a double mastectomy and chemotherapy. “Never in my wildest dreams did I expect my daughter to have breast cancer in college,” Maxx Schube, 55, said. “This is not an old woman disease anymore.” Rochelle Schube, 29, is a “previvor” who chose to take action after an irregular MRI by having a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery in June before any diagnosis of cancer.

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When someone tests positive for BRCA, they are encouraged to be tested for cancer every six months. Rochelle said twice a year she would be on an emotional rollercoaster, wondering, “Is this my time?” “It gets emotional. Every six months you’re worried. And especially after my sister was diagnosed … this was not something she was given the chance to do,” Rochelle Schube said. “After they found something with my MRI, I got scared and decided to have surgery to remove all doubt.” Because the Schube women speak openly about BRCA and their journeys with breast cancer, they are being honored at the Greater Atlanta Hadassah’s Breast Strokes – The Big Reveal event on Feb. 20 at The Stave Room at American Spirit Works. The event raises funds for breast cancer research and genetic research programs at the Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem and for breast cancer education, advocacy and prevention in the U.S. “We wanted to be a wake-up call to the younger generation,” Maxx Schube said. “I can be mad this has happened to us or I can believe this is happening to us so we can let other people know [about BRCA], educate other people and be there for others to lean on.” Rochelle Schube also tries to see the



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Rochelle Schube now volunteers with Bright Pink, an organization helping young women dealing with breast and ovarian cancer. She facilitates a monthly support group and works individually with women. “When I found out I had [BRCA], I felt very alone. Now I have a comSPECIAL munity,” she said. From left, Rochelle, Maxx and Alana Schube all Rochelle carry the BRCA 1 gene mutation, which significantly Schube stressincreases the risk of breast and ovarian cancer. es that having a positive despite the harrowing journeys preventative doushe and her mother and sister are on. ble mastectomy – a surgery made famous “This happens to whole families. It’s not when actress Angelina Jolie came out pubfun. If I can find a silver lining in all this, licly as having the surgery after she learned it’s that we as a family have come togethshe carries the BRCA 1 gene – is not a decier and support each other. We are empowsion made lightly. ering each other in a powerless situation,” “People have asked, ‘What else are you she said. cutting off your body?’ And that’s not what Maxx Schube praises Alana’s fight this is about,” she said. “I will forever reagainst cancer, saying “she rocked it” durmember when my sister and mom were diing last year’s surgery and chemo. agnosed with cancer, going to chemother“As a mom, to watch your daughter go apy … it’s heartbreaking,” she said. “I didn’t through this is a nightmare. She has an want to be the next one.” amazing attitude,” she said. “She is ready And her decision to speak out about her to fight this.” journey is simply a way to help others. Too Maxx Schube said because she and Almany myths and misconceptions exist that ana discovered their lumps themselves, stigmatize women who decide to have prethey were initially told there was nothing ventative surgeries, she added. People have wrong with them. even asked her if she was just unhappy “More people need to not be afraid to with her breasts. speak up and insist they check it out,” she “Mastectomy is not the same as augsaid. mentation. It’s painful and it’s different,” When Rochelle Schube decided to take she said. preventative care through surgery, her in“Somebody needs to take a stand. And surance company at first denied her claim. what’s the alternative to not speaking out? She took on the insurance company and To internalize this and let others stumble? “went from being scared to fighting for the No.” thing I was scared to do.”

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KARLA HARRIS Sunday, Feb. 21, 4:30-6:30 p.m. The Heritage Winter Classics series concludes when Karla Harris, accompanied by the Ted Howe Trio, sings the Dave and Iola Brubeck Songbook. $5 for HSS members; $10 non-members. Held indoors. Call 404-851-9111 or email: to learn more. Heritage Hall, 6110 Bluestone Rd., Sandy Springs, 30328.


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Nature Center holds classes for adults and children to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count. Learn species identification, the importance of the bird count, basic observation and how to enter the tally. Computers onsite. Additional classes on Feb. 12, 11 a.m., and Feb. 15, 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Open to all. Free, reservations recommended. Call 770-394-3322 for details. Visit: to sign up. 5343 Roberts Dr., Dunwoody, 30338.

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family to see the movie “Selma, Lord, Selma,” about a young girl, in 1965, who becomes a devoted follower of Martin Luther King Jr. Free and open to the community. Rated PG. Snacks provided. Open to the first 20 participants. Brookhaven Branch Library, 1242 North Druid Hills Rd., Brookhaven, 30319. Call 404-848-7140 to find out more.

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COOKIE ART Monday, Feb. 8, 4-5:30 p.m. Create and decorate works of art on cookies. Attendees will take home their masterpieces to share... or not! Free. All are welcome. Suitable for youngsters 7-13. Open to the first 15 participants. Call 770-512-4640 or visit the Dunwoody Branch Library to register. 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338.

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Actors playing actors gives ‘a look behind the curtain’ BY JOE EARLE

This theater season, plays really are the things at theaters in Sandy Springs and Dunwoody. At least that’s the idea. The two local theater compaRobert Egizio nies are putting on plays that center on actors. Their stages will fill with actors playing actors and plays within plays. Patrick Hill, director of Act 3 Theater’s version of “Moon Over Buffalo,” which opens in April and closes out the theater’s 2015-2016 season, says it gives his audience a free trip backstage. “Theater patrons like to see the background, what’s going on behind the scenes,” said Hill, whose show folPatrick Hill lows the Feb. 20

conclusion of the run of the theater’s current production, “Dogfight.” “You’re giving the audience exactly what they want. You get a look behind the curtain.” In Dunwoody, the Stage Door Players are presenting “I Hate Hamlet,” a play that puts its theme right there in the R. TODD FLEEMAN title. It’s about a television Dan Ford, left, as Andrew Rally, listens to Robin Bloodworth, actor who resists portrayportraying John Barrymore, as he is given some last-minute ing Shakespeare’s famed secrets, tips and tricks of the trade on opening night. character onstage, only to find he’s being haunted by the ghost of legendary actor John Barrymore, said Robert Egizio, the Players’ proI Hate Hamlet ducing artistic director and the director of Stage Door Players “I Hate Hamlet.” Where: 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody Plays about plays have been around When: Through Feb. 21; performances on Thursdays, Fridays since at least Shakespeare’s day, but they and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. still draw a crowd. Egizio said “I Hate HamTickets: $30 adults; $27 seniors; $22 students; let” packed the theater on its opening $15 patrons younger than 12. For more: 770-396-1726 or weekend. Besides, the directors said, staging plays Moon Over Buffalo about plays can be as much fun for the acAct 3 Productions tors as the audience. Where: 6285-R Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs “It definitely appeals to theater people,” When: Performance times and dates: April 15, 16, 22, Egizio said. Part of the appeal comes from 23, 29 and 30 at 8 p.m.; April 24 at 3 p.m. Tickets: $23 for adult reserved; $20 for student/senior the challenge as the actors must portray reserved; $18 for adult general admission; several characters at once – the actor and $15 for student/senior general admission. the character the actor is playing. “You’re For more: 770-241-1905 or playing two characters, in essence,” he said.

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“You get the chance to play the actor and you get to play the actor within the actor. “In essence, my Gemini personality gets split into three. It’s fantastic.” But part of the fun in some of these plays-within-plays, both Hill and Egizio said, comes from watching the characters onstage deal with backstage meltdowns. “The actors love it because they can relate to it,” Egizio said. “We’ve all been through that crap.” Hill’s play at Act 3 is a farce that takes place backstage during a theatrical performance and actually includes bits of two other plays – “Cyrano de Bergerac” and “Private Lives” – that the characters present as part of the story. Some of the humor comes when they mix up the two, Hill said. “It’s funny because it’s almost like an inside joke, like a little love letter to the theater community,” Hill said. Hill, a 33-year-old accountant who lives in Sandy Springs and is a member of the theater’s board of directors, said Act 3 decided to stage the play “because our audience wanted a good comedy.” At the same time, the show seemed like it would be fun to put on. “It’s one of those things, a show about theater people. We know the humor so well, we can execute it. We can find the punch lines and make [the audience] feel like they’re peeking behind the curtain.”

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“I’m 100 percent opposed to any building above four or five stories simply for the fact I bought in Brookhaven for its maintained tree canopy and beautiful curb appeal. Traffic is going to be a major problem. I live off Peachtree Road and it’s an absolute disaster every day. [More development] means extended rush hours.” Charles Jones

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“My concern is [there are] already traffic problems around that entire area. I think it’s going to be a huge traffic problem. My concern about develoment around the city is, I see something totally different from when I grew up. Developers used to build around trees…I see huge areas that are being totally wiped out.” Donald Gilner “No. They haven’t taken the steps in the past that are needed to pave the way.” Richard Whitehead

“They always say it’s all there at MARTA, but how many people are going to use MARTA? Traffic is already horrible. It’s going to get worse. ... It’ll just mean I’ll avoid that whole area. It’ll change where I shop, where I go. Right now you have to plan when you’re going to do stuff because traffic is just horrible.” Susan Clarke

“I do feel the wave ... of people moving into public schools and supporting public schools is rising. I’d like to see more parental interest in our public schools and involvement.” Kirsten Neufeld

“A lot of buildings in the Perimeter area are daytime occupancy. Some of these residential developments seem … like there should be more theaters. If we continue to put in these large complexes, I think we should require more entertainment opportunities so we can keep it from being a ghost town like downtown Atlanta was before the Olympics.” Greg Crnkovich


The story “Mixed-use developments are a hot trend, but they’re not for everyone” in the Jan. 22 - Feb. 4 Perimeter Business section gave an incorrect name for Steve Tart of Genesis Real Estate Advisers and the Sandy Springs Planning Commission.

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stant landI’ve tried to diet, but I’m not good at denying myself. For 23 years I haven’t cruise buftaken a shower without someone fet. There knocking at the door with a question might as Robin Conte is a writer that can’t wait another two minutes— well be an and mother of four who so yes, I’m going to eat that cookie. ice sculpture lives in Dunwoody. She My mind and my body have an of a swan on can be contacted at agreement. I dole out positive reinmy forcement treats to my body throughen counter, out the day, and it gets me out of bed in right beside the morning. the uneaten fries and the container of There are so many theories, so many Boy Scout popcorn. methods for dieting, and I’ve danced I’ve heard about the Starbucks with them all and sent them home hapdiet—that one woman lost 85 pounds py. by eating exclusively at Starbucks. I I’ve heard to “eat breakfast like a have been pretty close to doing that king, lunch like a prince, and dinner diet myself, but the pumpkin bread and like a pauper.” I pretty much eat breakcake pops kept winning out over the fast, lunch, mid-morning snacks and oatmeal. mid-afternoon happy hours like an exThe frustrating thing for me is that iled prince, and dinners like a freakit wasn’t always this way. Despite giving emperor. So, to use a more accurate ing birth to four children, despite the comparison, I have the diet of a sumo wrestler. I nibble and nosh throughout fact that two of them were born at the the day, and I eat the heaviest, most casame time, despite the fact that my loric food in the last two hours before I body weight increased by half during go to bed, so that all of the calories can that twins pregnancy, I always manjoin hands and turn into layers of fat aged to return to my normal weight overnight. and jeans size, I’ve heard to and maintain it limit yourself steadily. to one sweet Not true now. thing a week. I I have had antried that and other birthend up making day and there myself a weekare squatters at ly dessert the my belly. The size of a Hapounds—about waiian island. 10 of them— I’ve heard have settled to count caloalong my midries. The probsection and are lem with this making plans method is that to retire there. I am an unscrupulous I don’t want to cheater. I will take them with not count the me when I finalspoons full of ly, one day, beice cream that come an empI eat, straight ty nester. I want from the box, to leave them in or the brownthe basement SPECIAL ies that are along with the Robin nibbles and noshes throughout the day, stuck to the saving the most calories for closer to bedtime. boxes of kinderside of the pan garten artwork. that I have to My mother has stayed slim and trim pry out and consume before putting towell into her senior years, and when gether a tray for the class party, or the asked how she does it, her standard remelted peanut butter-chocolate powply is, “I eat whatever I want and I never bar that I find between the minivan er exercise.” seats while I’m waiting in the carpool I’ve tried that method too, but it line. I only count lettuce and rice cakes. doesn’t seem to work as well for me. So, no matter how much I actually eat I’ve decided that the only thing left during the day, my calorie count always for me to do is follow another piece of amounts to roughly 235. mom’s advice…to stand up straight and I’ve heard to eat six mini-meals a suck in my stomach. day. My mini-meals turn into one conSS

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Traffic the top concern with Sandy Springs five-skyscraper plan BY JOHN RUCH

Five new Sandy Springs skyscrapers could mean thousands of more cars on local streets, raising concerns among about 45 residents and business owners who attended the first community meeting on Jan. 20 about the massive redevelopment of 1117 Perimeter Center West. Representatives of the developers— identified as Hong Property Trust of Sydney, Australia—said the mixed-use nature of the project could reduce its effect on traffic. And a direct connection to the Sandy Springs MARTA station, which sits under part of the site, is a potential traffic mitigation, project attorney Jessica Hill said. “The idea is that it’s live, work and play, and you never have to leave,” said Rob For-

rest, the real estate professional who’s representing Hong Property in the deal. But the sheer scale of the project and some of its preliminary numbers still worried residents, especially with other major redevelopments coming nearby, such as the planned headquarters for MercedesBenz USA in Sandy Springs and the new building to house State Farm in Dunwoody. The 1117 Perimeter Center West plan calls for about 1,600 residential units in three towers; about 1.5 million square feet of offices in two towers; and about 200,000 square feet of new retail and restaurant space. The towers could stand 20 to 29 stories tall. That’s in addition to the hexagonal office building currently on the 13.5-acre site, which would remain with modifications. About 5,200 new parking spaces would

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be created in a new deck, compared with 1,300 on the site now, Hill said. Some parking might need to go off-site during construction, Hill said, though it’s early for such details. The proposed MARTA connection would be through an existing emergency exit tunnel, Hill said. The project will be deemed a Development of Regional Impact and get a massive transportation study, said John Walker of Kimley-Horn, the traffic consulting firm hired by the developer. One resident of Mount Vernon Woods who works at the Arby’s fast-food company headquarters next door said most of her coworkers do not use MARTA and that current traffic is already bad. “It’s a nightmare…God forbid if it rains or snows,” she said. “As soon as [the plan] hit the papers, everybody in the [Arby’s] building across the street started freaking out.” Bill Woulfin, CEO of Metabolic Testing Services, was among several of the existing building’s commercial tenants who expressed concerns about the plan. He said his business has been there 13 years, and he learned at the meeting of the developers’ intent to turn the first two floors into retail or service businesses only, meaning he would be moved elsewhere. “That’s the first we heard of it,” Woulfin said, adding he is concerned about traffic and parking impacts on his patients. “We want to make sure tenants stay here,” Forrest said during the meeting. “We’re very cognizant of that.” The mixed-use concept includes streetlevel retail in the towers along Mount Vernon Highway, as well as a “retail alley” facing a semicircular path between the existing hexagonal building and the new tow-


ers. The existing building will get a “significant facelift” that is already underway, Forrest said. That includes cutting three new entrances into its central courtyard. That courtyard is current private, but will be opened to the public and possibly host concerts or performances, Forrest said. He said that Hong Property wanted to keep the hexagonal building because of its unusual design and potential as an attractive retail and restaurant spot. Because the meeting, held at the existing Perimeter Center West office building, was a preliminary review required before filing actual plans, few other details were available. Hill said the filing should happen in February, with the DRI and Sandy Springs city zoning reviews running into the fall. The developers will seek rezoning from office to mixed-use and anticipate variances for excessive height and less parking that is usually required because of the proximity to MARTA.


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Residents resistant to Brookhaven/Oglethorpe MARTA development plans in early 2017, Germano said. $200 million in new revenue promised Rhein said the development is projected to bring in $200 million to the city on a site where there is currently no revenue being produced. MARTA owns the land and will not pay property taxes, she explained, but the developments to the property, including retail space, means more sales tax revenue. Also planned are mid-rise towers, no more than seven-stories high, to include nearly 600 one-bedroom or two-bedroom residences, such as condominiums, Germano said. “We’re looking at young urDYANA BAGBY ban professionals and empty nesters. Approximately 150 people packed Brookhaven City Hall Feb. 2 to hear plans These places will be fairly expensive,” he for a transit-oriented development at Brookhaven/Oglethorpe MARTA station. said. Plans are to also have 126 BY DYANA BAGBY ed to know about will be done affordable apartments for in partnership with the city, seniors, he said. Rhein added. A mostly skeptical crowd packed City A 1-acre park is also The first formal step in creCouncil’s chambers at Brookhaven City planned within the developating a TOD, also dubbed by Hall on Feb. 2 to listen to MARTA’s plans ment to connect Peachtree MARTA as a “town center,” at for development around the MARTA/ Road and Apple Valley Way. the Brookhaven/Oglethorpe Oglethorpe station. Officials said the projThe new demand for station is to apply for rezonect could bring $200 million to the city. TODs and multi-use proping of the approximate 15-acre Questions were raised about traffic, erty comes from millenisite to allow for multi-use dedensity, safety, storm water and sewers als who want to walk to resvelopment. That request is set Amanda Rhein resulting from the planned transit-oritaurants and work and have to take place the first of April, ented development, but most could not ready access to public transportation, said Trent Germano, senior managing dibe answered by MARTA’s representatives Germano added. “They want to be in an rector with Transwestern Development or the development partners on hand for urban area,” he said. Company. what is expected to be the first of many One resident, who said he was a comTranswestern and The Integral Group community meetings. mercial Realtor, dismissed the plans have joined forces as the Brookhaven More due diligence, including a traffor urban development in Brookhaven. City Center Partners to plan the project fic study, is set to take place soon, ex“We’re not trying to become Midtown,” with MARTA. The project is to include afplained MARTA Senior Director of Tranhe said. “We are a car city and are always fordable senior housing and street-level sit Oriented Development and Real Estate going to be a car city. This is the wrong retail. Amanda Rhein. site. I’m not looking to revitalize the CapMore community meetings are “We want to get feedback before getital City Country Club.” planned throughout February and there ting too much along in the process,” RheAnother person said there would be will also be meetings with the local in said. no way the small two-lane roads leading Chamber of Commerce and Citizen ReThe traffic study many people wantinto the MARTA station site could hanview Board. Groundbreaking is expected

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On Our Borders Editor’s note: News knows few boundaries. Here are some of the local news stories breaking in neighboring communi�ies that may be of interest to Buckhead residents.


Roswell Road could be transformed, with its central turn lane converted into a tree-lined median on the northern stretch and a grass median on the southern leg. Large sidewalks or multi-use paths could line much of the street as well.

this that is out of the ordinary in the way A portion of Roswell Road remade as of density, something that is going to in“Roswell Boulevard” with a tree-lined vite questions.” median? That’s among the big ideas Dickson and attorney Chip Collins, a coming out of Sandy Springs’ “Next former Sandy Springs city councilman, Ten” planning process. offered to shave 12 feet of dirt from the “It’s more than just a land-use plan. site to reduce its height. No one in the It’s a vision for the community,” said crowd seemed thrilled, but several said Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul, introthat in today’s skyscraper-sprouting ducing a presentation on the work thus Sandy Springs, they were willing to setfar for the Next Ten—combining a revitle for a relatively low-impact project. sion of the city’s Comprehensive Plan, a “To be completely honest, this is not rewrite of its zoning code and detailed what I want…[but] this could be a much plans for certain areas. worse possible property—a gas station, The concepts met interest and curifor God’s sake,” said Scott Nelson, a osity from at least 70 residents who atGlenridge resident. tended a community workshop, held Meanwhile, state transportation ofJan. 27 at the Sherwood Event Hall on ficials planned to start work this month Roswell Road. The sheer scope of the vion a controversial project to build sion—from mixed-use “nodes” along a roundabouts at the Riverside Drive/I-285 new tree-lined “Roswell Boulevard” to a interchange in Sandy Springs. Construckind of Central Park for Perimeter Cention will continue through November, ter—appeared to engage the crowd, but GDOT says. The $5.6 million project will it kept mostly quiet. replace ramps with roundabouts and reThe general thrust of the planning hab the Riverside Drive bridge over I-285. is more mixed-use redevelopment and In Brookhaven, a new Pill Hill road reducing car travel. But the consulextending the Perimeter Center Parktant team, led by Rhodeside & Harwell, way “flyover bridge” to Johnson Ferry is adding some bigger proposals that Road is worth a study, according to a rewould transform entire areas, such as port delivered recently to the Perimeter routing some form of alternative public Center Improvement Districts. The PCID transit east-west through central Sandy plans to hold a community meeting on Springs. And a much-discussed idea of a Sandy Springs monorail was talked about some more. Also in Sandy Springs, plans to replace a church with a 201unit senior housing building is drawing traffic and density concerns—and some grudging acceptance. About 70 residents attended a community meeting Jan. 25 to hear about Parc Communities’ plans for the Apostles Church site at Glenridge Drive and Hammond Drive. “I live in Sandy Springs,” said Parc Communities President and SPECIAL CEO Roy Dickson, sympathizAbove, Gresham, Smith and Partners conducted ing with visions of traffic nighta preliminary feasibility study for PCIDs on mares discussed at the meeting, extending the flyover bridge from Perimeter Center Parkway to Johnson Ferry Road. which was held at the church. PCIDs is close to securing a grant to make bicycle and “I understand all the dynamics. pedestrian improvements to Peachtree-Dunwoody Road And I understand something is and Lake Hearn Drive, including beneath the I-285 bridge. To see a larger version, go to going to happen on a corner like

the plan in coming months. Meanwhile, PCIDs is close to securing a $4 million grant to build an already planned Pill Hill project that would make bicycle and pedestrian improvements to Peachtree-Dunwoody Road and Lake Hearn Drive, said Yvonne Williams, the district’s president and CEO. The work also would make room for a PATH400 multi-use trail extension through the intersection. The flyover bridge over I-285 was completed in 2007 and is sometimes jokingly called the “bridge to nowhere” as it ends at Lake Hearn Drive. However, PCIDs long planned to make it a bridge to somewhere with a 2,000-foot road extending from the Lake Hearn Drive intersection to Johnson Ferry, running along the Sandy Springs-Brookhaven border on the eastern side of Emory Saint Joseph Hospital’s campus. Meanwhile, consultants helping to

draw up a management plan for the Nancy Creek watershed in Brookhaven say they likely will recommend spending $15 million to $20 million over the next half century to clean up waterways in the area. The money would pay for 30 to 40 separate projects, ranging from adding litter collectors to catch floatable items in streams near I-285 to projects that would provide shore restoration for Murphey Candler Lake. Kimberly Shorter, principal engineer for Sustainable Water Planning and Engineering. Shorter said the SWP&E consultants expected to present their report to City Council in March or April. “This is a long-term visionary goal,” Shorter told about a dozen people who gathered at the Marist School on Jan. 27 for the first of two public meetings scheduled to discuss the study. “We will not be there in five years.”

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Chastain construction projects soon will give parts of park a new look


A roof is being added to allow year-round swimming at the pool at Chastain Park.

The PATH Foundation is overseeing the extension of the park’s jogging path along Powers Ferry Road. The 5-footwide sidewalk is being replaced by a 10-foot-wide trail.

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Jim King, chairman of the Chastain Park Athletic Club, says the new pool roof will cover the swimming lanes and cost about $700,000.

ers Ferry Road. The PATH Foundation is overseeing the extension of the park’s jogging path in that area by replacing the 5-foot-wide sidewalk with a 10-foot-wide trail. Pete Pellegrini of the PATH Foundation told members of the Chastain Park Civic Association that the work was slowed by rain and by required work to move utility lines along the path. The target for completing the project now is Rosa McHugh, executive director May 1. of the Chastain Park Conservancy, visits the renovated playground. “A lot of people are probably wonNew features within the Chastain Park playground offer a that joggers are dering why this is taking so long,” Pellegrimusical area, including “drums,” top, and a xylophone, above. running in the ni said. “We’re almost there.” The playground reopens this month after a $2.5 million street or in neighThe conservancy has received commakeover spearheaded by the conservancy. boring yards rathplaints from residents who are concerned er than turning covered, King said. around and retracing their steps when The roof structure costs about they reach the area where the sidewalk has $700,000, King said. It is part of renovation been torn up. “It’s a construction zone and of the pool and grounds that could cost the from the original Chin Chin Brookhaven team people are walking in neighbors’ yards,” athletic club from $1.2 million to $1.5 milCelebrating 21 years in Brookhaven! McHugh said. lion, he said. Several residents attending the civic asConstruction of the roof is expected to sociation meeting suggested adding signs be completed this month, depending on to the construction area warning runners weather, and the athletic club hopes to to stay out of the street. “We do have ishold a public opening of the new structure sues,” Pellegrini said. “Are we taking this in March, King said. “Every day we encounseriously? The answer is yes.” ter a different challenge – lightning, winds, In a separate project on the other side snow… pick your thing. We’re just overcomof the park, the Chastain Park Athletic ing them one at a time,” King said. Club, the nonprofit group that operates the When completed, the roof will allow the Chastain pool, is building a new roof above club to expand uses of the pool. “Our goal is the pool so that it can operate year-round. to have year-round swimming,” King said When completed, the roof will be made of WATCH OUR OPEN KITCHEN & EXPERIENCE THE ART OF CHINESE COOKING!! one recent afternoon as he watched workers a white translucent fabric over an alumiDELIVERY (LIMITED AREA, MIN. $10) / CARRY OUT / CATERING / FULL BAR SERVICE use a tall crane to hoist beams for the roof. num frame. 3887 Peachtree Road, Buckhead/Brookhaven And Other Locations Nearby, McHugh checked in with work404-816-2229 | Jim King, chairman of the athletic club, ers putting the finishing touches on struc# said the roof will rise 47 feet at its hightures in the new playground. She had tak2009 Best Chinese-The Sunday Paper est point. The structure will stand 135 feet 2001-2002 Best Chinese by Atlanta Jewish Times readers en a ride down one of the park’s new slides 1998-2012 Best Chinese by Creative Loafing wide by 85 feet long, he said, and will proherself and thought it would play well with “Mouth-watering Chin Chin spices things up.” –The Atlanta Journal Constitution vide cover for the pool’s swimming lanes. neighborhood kids. “Most Memorable Meal” –Where Atlanta Magazine - 21/2 stars–Knife & Fork Other portions of the pool will remain un“It’s fun,” she said. ground one recent afternoon. “We have places for imaginative play, musical play... You can be a daredevil if you want to.” McHugh says the renovated playground, located at the corner of West Wieuca Road and Dudley Lane, will provide a place where families from surrounding neighborhoods can come together. It is intended to create a place in the park where parents or grandparents can watch children “run around in a safe area” or where families can have picnics while the kids play. About 85,000 children live within five miles of the park, she said. “I think it will serve as an outdoor community center,” she said. “[It creates] a place that doesn’t exist now.” Work began on the new playground in June, she said, and was expected to be completed by the end of last year. But weather delayed construction, she said, and a formal opening ceremony now is scheduled for March 19. A second phase of work will continue after that, she said. Construction of a separate conservancy project continues this spring along Pow-

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five APS high school graduates completes a post-secondary degree of any kind. Yet by Achieve Atlanta will award 2020, 60 percent of the jobs approximately 900 needin Georgia will require some based scholarships this spring form of post-secondary deto eligible Atlanta Public gree. School (APS) high school seNeed-based scholarships nior applicants. Recipients are a key part of Achieve Atwill receive up to $5,000 per lanta’s strategy to tear down year for a four-year instituthe barriers that prevent stution or up to $1,500 per year dents, especially those who are the first for a two-year college or technical in their families to go on to higher edschool. Scholarships are renewable for ucation, from completing a degree or student recipients who remain in good credential after high school. academic standing. Achieve Atlanta is a supporting orga“Our vision is to have every student nization of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, and is currently funded through a grant from the Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation. Achieve Atlanta invests in strategies that combine financial assistance with academic and social supports to increase postsecondary access, retention and completion. Since Achieve Atlanta’s launch in July 2015, there are 30 additional mentoring adults serving all APS high schools, thanks to a partnership with the College Advising Corps and Hands on Atlanta/AmeriCorps. Prior to this effort, it is estimated that for every 400 APS high College Access Coach Trudy Nelson with school students, there was one of her ninth-grade students. one counselor. College Advising Corps mentors work with 11th and 12th gradin APS complete post-secondary eduers on the “nuts and bolts” of going to cation and attain the full benefits that college, such as ACT/SAT test prep, aphigher education provides,” said Tina plications, applying for scholarships Fernandez, Achieve Atlanta executive and more. For ninth and 10th graders, director. “When paired with other fiHands on Atlanta/AmeriCorps mennancial aid, these scholarships are intors work on building awareness and a tended to greatly reduce the need for “college-going mindset.” For example, families to get high-interest, private ninth graders hear about the imporloans,” Fernandez added. tance of a good GPA and the possibiliRecent data shows that only one in

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North Atlanta parents review Milestones test results for local schools Parents in the North Atlanta cluster of schools recently reviewed comparisons of their elementary schools’ test performance. John Keltz, director of research and evaluation for Atlanta Public Schools, presented a series of charts showing comparisons of student proficiency, ranked by elementary school, on the 2015 Milestones test. The charts, some of which are reproduced here, show the percentage of the students in each school in the cluster and in the district that were graded as proficient in a subject. The tests showed results in English and language arts, math, science and social studies. Generally, the north Atlanta schools had higher percentages of students rated as proficient on the tests than the district as a whole. Keltz told the parents attending the Jan. 27 meeting of the North Atlanta Parents for Public Schools that test results reflected student poverty levels in each school. “Poverty explains about 94 percent of the variance in test scores,” Keltz said. NAPPS co-president Jane Rawlings said the goal was to help parents make “datadriven decisions” about the schools.


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Weber School, senior In school, Adele Stolovitz sets an example for her fellow students as a peer leader. Outside the classroom, she helps teach patrons of the Fernbank Museum of Natural History about the natural world. As a freshman at Weber, Adele felt somewhat lost, she said. Fortunately, she found a peer leader to guide her through her first year. The school’s peer leaders, juniors and seniors, help underclassmen ease into high school Adele Stolovitz and find their ways. Once she was a senior herself, Adele applied for the position. Teachers at Weber evaluate each student who applies for peer leadership and vote on whether they believe the student is fit to be a peer leader. They thought Adele would make a fine one. “Adele is an exceptional leader who is quietly confident, resourceful and sincere,” said Rebecca McCullough, Weber’s director of marketing. “She shines as a peer leader, where she embraces her responsibilities as a mentor and advisor to new students.” Outside of school, Adele is among 80 students in the Atlanta area to volunteer for the Ultimate Naturalist Program at the Fernbank Science Museum. As part of her job, she strolls around the museum with a cart dedicated to a subject from the natural world. Sometimes she runs the whale cart, sometimes the sea-and-space cart. In the future, she hopes to continue her work in a museum. Adele says she would love to work specifically with classical history or art history. While she’s been volunteering at Fernbank for two years, Adele has been playing volleyball for six. She started playing in sixth grade, she said, and hasn’t stopped since. While she’s been a member of school teams for the entire six years, she dedicated even more of her schedule to the sport, playing club volleyball for two years of high school. For this past season and the one before, her varsity team went undefeated, combining for 18-0 over the two seasons.

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Adele applied to several colleges. Her top choices are Barnard College, George Washington University and New York University. She hopes to study history wherever she goes, so she can work in a museum after college. This article was reported and written by Sam Wimpfheimer, a student at the Galloway School.

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Himitsu means “secret” and seats about 80 people.

The avocado salad is filled with wasabi vinaigrette.

This place has ambience to spare, right down to the sparse, soft electronica piping in from hidden speakers and the giant Todd Murphy mural, “King of the Birds.” Everything here is nice to look at – brilliant, edgy, sophisticated. Go with somebody you want to impress, whether for romance or signing contracts. Go to celebrate when you finally get that promotion. Go if you already like the food at Umi and would gladly pay a little bit extra for the awesome atmosphere. Right now, most of the Himitsu menu is drawn from Umi’s menu. This is understandable. Himitsu is the type of place where management thinks just as much about design and service as it does about food, and they are taking their time to get each element right. By the time you’re making reservations for Valentine’s Day, they’ll be ready to show you the menu on an iPad – little bursts of digital starshine lighting up the face of the film star at your neighboring table. So let us remember that Umi’s menu is totally great. At Himitsu, you can find some of the “sushi boxes,” which are not bentos but sushi rolls that are pressed


Friends, prepare to part with your money. Himitsu belongs in New York and I’m glad to find it in Atlanta – a city whose finest chefs have been beleaguered by its second-class status in national roundups of cuisine. The Itos, that sushi master and pastry chef powMegan Volpert er couple of Fuyuhiko and Lisa Matsuoka, are raising their game from the lovely work they do at Umi to Umi’s little sister restaurant, this perfect new hotspot nestled in a disguised location in Buckhead. Himitsu means “secret,” after all. You have to find the email address needed to request a reservation. They email you back a confirmation, and then two hours before your reservation, you receive a keypad code. Use Umi’s valet, but you’re not going to Umi. Turn a few corners to find the fake storefront, enter your keypad code, then greet your gatekeeper to the dining room. The dining room is on two levels and seats about 80 people. Himitsu’s ambience is about finely blended combinations of light and shadow, from the stunning gorgeousness of its orange blown glass chandelier hanging eye level with the balcony tables to the subtlety of the yellow tones in the superbly backlit bar. The bar is the star of the first floor – or the corner table with a velvet bench for three is the star, or the golden votive holder with precisely geometric laser cut-outs is the star, or the very many kinds of unique barware and stemware are the star.

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Breaking bread Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School eighth-grader Tyler Bride, left, and third-grader Chloe Kelley work together on Jan. 27 to package meals for Stop Hunger Now.

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Robust development underway on Atlanta’s Westside


New establishments like Monday Night Brewing, above, Stoddard’s Range & Guns, right, and Trinity Anglican Mission Church, below, are finding homes on Atlanta’s Westside. The area once served as the center of the community’s livestock and meat processing industries, and remained a somewhat gritty area for decades, characterized by warehouses and food storage facilities.

BY JULIE HERRON CARSON Witnessing the robust redevelopment underway throughout Atlanta’s Westside, it would seem business owners and residents have taken to heart author Horace Greeley’s famous quote, “Go west, young man.” The area, just west of the city along the Norfolk-Southern rail lines, once served as the center of the community’s livestock and meat processing industries, and for decades remained a somewhat gritty industrial district characterized by warehouses, processing plants, industrial buildings and food storage facilities. But now, Atlanta’s Westside “is quickly becoming a pe-

destrian-friendly community featuring a diverse and eclectic blend of exclusive dining establishments, specialty shops, professional firms and unique, cuttingedge residences,” according to the West Midtown Business Alliance. What distinguishes this community’s redevelopment from that of neighboring areas is the creative adaptive redesign of many of the existing structures. Business owners, developers and architects are preserving the characteristics of this once working-class neighborhood by repurposing industrial buildings into shops, restaurants, residences and even churches. Some business leaders have compared Westside’s resurgence to that of New York City’s

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meatpacking district. Jerry Spangler, director of architecture at TSW, a Midtown-based architecture, planning and landscape architecture firm, is one of the visionaries helping to transform Atlanta’s Westside. As a Westside resident, he understands the balance required to maintain the community’s historical context, while creating a hip, urban destination where people want to live, work, shop, dine and play. He and his firm have been involved in a number of Westside design projects recently, including a brewery, cidery, gun shop and firing range, and a church. “It’s exciting to work with the entrepreneurs who believe Westside’s energy and vibe make it the perfect location for their businesses,” said Spangler. “In almost every case, these are creative, driven business owners who are passionate about what they do, and have strong ideas about how they want their buildings to look and function. Our Westside design projects have all been collaborative processes with the owners, where we have shared ideas and worked as a team to repurpose and bring new life back into several unique industrial buildings.” TSW has worked or is working with a number of businesses and property owners to find and adapt space, including Monday Night Brewing, Stoddard’s Range and Guns, Trinity Anglican Mission Church and Urban Tree Cidery. Repurposing old buildings is an en-

vironmentally friendly, sustainable endeavor that preserves the architectural character and historical context of a community, but there are a number of factors to consider before undertaking a project of this nature, advises Spangler. First, he would strongly advise any entrepreneur to work with his or her architect or engineering group to conduct a thorough examination of all building structures and systems to determine their viability prior to purchase or lease. It’s crucial to know in advance what works and what doesn’t, from electrical and plumbing to floors, walls and roofs. Is the building sound? What utilities serve this building? Because most industrial buildings are located within municipalities, redevelopment and usage are subject to zoning codes, parking requirements and other regulations. Spangler says the redevelopment team must carefully research all of the applicable codes and restrictions before undertaking a repurposing project. His advice to other architects is to recognize that many business owners who take on a repurposing project are passionate about their vision and want to be hands-on throughout the process. They expect to be listened to and included in the design process. “Part of the inherent value of these old buildings is the character of the space,” Spangler said. “It’s this very quality and richness that probably attracted the entrepreneur in the first place.”

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Police Blotter / Buckhead From police reports dated Jan. 3 through Jan. 23 The following informa�ion was provided by the Zone 2 precinct of the Atlanta Police Department from its records and is presumed to be accurate.

R O B B E RY  20 block of Standish Avenue NW –

Two men armed with handguns walked up to another man and demanded, “Give me all your money.” The man handed over $60 in cash, a book bag with an orange zipper, Georgia ID card and a $4 Staight Talk cellphone.  3300 block of Peachtree Road NE – A

man entered the Macy’s at Lenox Square Mall, picked up a mannequin, removed the shoes it was wearing and concealed the shoes in a book bag. The man fought with security guards when they attempted to apprehend him. He dropped the shoes.  1000 block of Woodland Avenue –

Three men with handguns entered through an unlocked front door and ordered those in the residence into the living room. Some of the armed men searched the house while one struck a woman on her head and her child in the stomach with the gun. The armed men took keys, checks, a wallet with $700 in it and jewelry before running toward Cheshire Bridge Road.  600 block of Norfleet Road NW – A

man was walking from a convenience store when two men pulled up next to him in a vehicle. One of the men pointed a dark-colored handgun at the victim and demanded he throw his wallet in the car. He complied and the two men drove away.  3200 block of West Andrews Drive – A

couple was unloading groceries at their townhome when three men armed with handguns approached them. The couple was forced into their residence as the armed men searched their home. Taken were $250 in cash and a Lenevo laptop.  Peachtree Road/Palisades Drive NE

– Four men with faces covered approached two people waiting for a bus. One of the masked men had a handgun and demanded their belongings. The four men fled on foot after taking a purse, $200 in cash, an Alcatel cellphone and a Samsung smartphone.  4400 block of Roswell Road – While

closing up shop, a business owner noticed a man squatting on the right side of the building. The businessman ran away, but stopped after the squatting man pursued him, yelled, “Stop!” and

shot a gun once in the air. The businessman’s wallet was taken.

AG G R AVAT E D A S S AU LT  2000 block of Peachtree Road NE –

A woman was stabbed in the arm by her partner during an argument about moving out. An arrest was made.  700 block of Sid-

ney Marcus Boulevard NE – A man was hit in the eye with a champagne glass by his boyfriend during an argument. The boyfriend flipped over several pieces of furniture before fleeing the residence.  1800 block of Piedmont Avenue – A

man got out of a vehicle and attempted to fight a group of people in a parking lot before a second person exited the vehicle armed with a BB gun. He pointed it at the group and waved it in the air. An arrest was made.  500 block of Main St. NE – A man said

he was jumped by an assailant in the parking deck. He had noticeable injuries to his chin and bruising on face as well as loss of teeth.

 600 block of Allen Court NW – A

 200 block of Monroe Drive NE – A ceil-

rear glass back door was broken with a brick. Taken from the house were two Apple MacBook laptops, a Panasonic TV, a Samsung TV, watches and jewelry. A 2013 Hyundai Sonata was also taken from the garage.

ing screen was cut and a Samsung 55inch flat panel TV was taken from Public Storage.

1100 block of Conway Drive NW – The front door of a house was pried open. A diamond wedding band, a GoPro camera, a black Leica digital M7 camera with six lenses and a Hasselblad camera with four lenses were taken. 

 2400 block of Burtz Street NW – A

house bedroom window was broken with a rock. A Samsung 42-inch TV was taken.  9100 block of Chastain Drive NE – An

apartment front door was damaged and a 42-inch Smart TV, a 36-inch Smart TV, five pairs of UGG boots and a MacBook laptop were taken.  1800 block of Wellbourne Drive NE

– Someone broke a window of a house and took a Wolf Pro 36-inch glass cook top and an Electrolux 30-inch oven.



 2900 block of Sequoyah Drive NW –

 1700 block of Howell Mill Road – A

Two Trek mountain bikes stolen from a house; no sign of forced entry.  1900 block of Grandview Avenue –

Several drawers were opened and rummaged through in a house. A TV, laptop computer and gold ring were taken. No signs of forced entry.

rear slide door was broken and approximately $1,500 in cash stolen from the cash register at a tire company.  First block of West Paces Ferry Road

– A rock was used to break a front window of a business and men’s, women’s and children’s clothing worth $20,000 taken.

 3000 block of Roswell Road NW – The

front window of a bike shop was broken with a rock, and a black and red Turbo S bicycle was taken.  3300 block of Peachtree Road NE –

An employee entered the stock room of a shop in Lenox Square Mall and saw a suspect hiding. The suspect was arrested.  2100 block of Monroe Drive – A door

was damaged and a unit ransacked. Electronics, a snowboard and tools were taken.  2400 block of Cheshire Bridge Road –

The door was kicked in at a house and a welding machine, metal cutter, emission OBD tester, compressor, two oxygen sensors, a new catalytic converter and miscellaneous tools were taken.  2000 block of Manchester Street –

Someone entered an auto repair shop and a heating and air conditioning company next door in a blue and green Dodge Ram. A pile of copper was taken.  2100 block of Monroe Drive – The roof

caved in and split open at a storage company. A Sony Bravia 55-inch TV, a tan acoustic guitar and a drum machine were taken.

LARCENY FROM VEHICLE  Between Jan. 3-23, there were 51 larce-

nies from vehicles reported and a total of 69 other larcenies, including shoplifting, were also reported. Seventeen vehicles were reported stolen.

 4400 block of Peachtree Park Drive NE

– A man entered his apartment to find someone he didn’t know in his roommate’s room. He locked himself inside his room and called 911. He later found an Apple MacBook and charger were missing.  3400 block of Stratford Road NE – A

dead bolt was found damaged at a condo. No signs of entry.

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 700 block of Morosgo Drive NE – An

apartment door was kicked in. A Dell laptop, a Visio 27-inch TV, car keys and Bose mini-speaker were taken.

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 3000 block of Westminster Circle NW


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