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Perimeter Business ► Children’s Healthcare announces new $1 billion hospital PAGE 4 ► MARTA helps attract another Fortune 500 company PAGE 5


New design showcases city’s namesake spring BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

A concept sketch of the new spring, showing the canopy, the glass-enclosed spring and the seating area. At top right, the spring as it looks today.

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Retrofitting transportation solutions over mature communities carries some disruptive pain, but if we don’t deal with it now, the pain simply gets worse into the future. RUSTY PAUL Mayor, Sandy Springs

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The spring that gave Sandy Springs its name hasn’t sprung in years, stuck beneath a metal grate at Heritage Green. A new design, unveiled Feb. 8, would let it bubble up as a small, glass-enclosed fountain beneath an abstract, mirrorroofed canopy. The design by architects Lane and Linda Duncan came from a competition held by Heritage Sandy Springs, the historic and cultural organization that operates Heritage Green, the park between Blue Stone Road and Sandy Springs Circle. The design still needs work, but could be constructed by early 2018, See NEW on page 12

City attorney contract bid for first time



The city is seeking competitive bids for its city attorney contract — currently worth more than $540,000 a year — for the first time in its 10-year history. Six firms, some with City Hall political connections, have responded, but Mayor Rusty Paul ordered a new round of bidding to try to attract more competitors. The legal services job is crucial for such influential tasks as writing city codes and defending city lawsuits. Current City Attorney Wendell Willard, who is also a longtime state representative, is set to retire this sumSee CITY on page 11

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A five-month moratorium on rezonings and special land use permits was declared Feb. 7 by Sandy Springs City Council to avoid conflicts with a new zoning code in the works. The 150-day moratorium went into immediate effect. It will head off the “dilemma” that property-owners and city officials would face of an “application caught in the middle” between old and new codes, said Assistant City Manager Jim Tolbert. Representatives of major developer organizations expressed caution about the moratorium, but not outright opposition, in a public comment period. Any applications submitted before the evening of Feb. 7 will undergo review as normal under the current zoning code. The moratorium may be extended or shortened, depending on when the new zoning code is complete, officials said. Construction permitting is not affected by the moratorium. The city is in the midst of its “Next Ten” process, a revision of development visions and rules. The process recently produced an updated land-use plan, known as the Comp Plan, which won approval from the state and the Atlanta Regional Commission, Tolbert told the council. The process is expected to wrap up this summer with the new zoning code based on the Comp Plan. It will be the decade-old city’s first city-written zoning code and is intended to replace the heavily tweaked assortment of old Fulton County code it currently uses. Sandy Springs has imposed zoning moratoriums in recent years for other code and planning changes. A 60-day moratorium in 2014 allowed for apartment and mixed-use use rules to be tightened. The council set a six-month moratorium on many types of rezonings in 2015 and 2016 to prepare for the new Comp Plan. Councilmember Andy Bauman asked why the moratorium includes special use permits, which must be sought for cer-

tain types of development that are allowed under zoning with official permission. Tolbert said that most use permits issued by the city are for the height of buildings, and it is expected that the old and new codes may have “significant differences” on height restrictions. Between the current and previous moratoriums, developers will have had about 12 months over the past two years to apply for rezonings. City Councilmember Gabriel Sterling asked City Attorney Wendell Willard about whether another long moratorium could open the city to lawsuits from property owners. Willard said state law does not have any specific limits on how long a zoning moratorium can last. Case law suggests a judge would decide a claim based on whether the moratorium was reasonable, he said, adding that a pause for rewriting the zoning code seems reasonable to him. Willard noted the council can end the moratorium sooner. David Ellis, executive vice president at the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association and a Sandy Springs resident, told the council the moratorium should be as short as possible. He said he understands the rationale, but cautioned the council about the seriousness of “any abridgement of people’s property rights.” James Touchton, the policy and government affairs director at the Council of Quality Growth, a Sandy Springs-based developers’ advocacy group, agreed. Touchton — who also lives in Sandy Springs — said his group’s “biggest concern” is delaying development opportunities that the council itself prioritized in the new Comp Plan. He cited the council’s desire for redevelopment along northern Roswell Road. Ellis and Touchton spoke at the meeting’s second public comment period, held after the moratorium vote took place. Public input meetings about the new code are scheduled to begin in March.

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U.S. Rep. Tom Price was confirmed as President Trump’s new secretary of Health and Human Services Feb. 10, opening up a local race to fill his 6th Congressional District seat. A special election will be held April 18, with a runoff on June 20 if necessary. The 6th District includes parts of Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. Candidates still were qualifying for the election as the Reporter went to press. For updates on the final list, see ReporterNewspapers.net.


One suspect is in custody for a midnight home invasion Feb. 13 on Hunters Trace Circle, where burglars shot at, but missed, a homeowner. Demarco Parham of Atlanta was arrested by Sandy Springs Police later that day on several charges, including home invasion.

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Bas Bleu, an online bookseller, was among the businesses that recently appeared to confirm the city’s concern that an incorrect sales tax—Atlanta’s 8 percent instead of the Sandy Springs area’s 7 percent--is sometimes applied to local purchases due to software confusion. Bas Bleu now says it charges the correct tax, but that software indeed confused the issue by showing customers an 8 percent estimate. Bas Bleu, which is Atlanta-based, said it uses two different systems to calculate the estimated tax and to charge the actual tax. The company said it has changed its purchase form to clarify the 8 percent is an estimate.

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Children’s Healthcare announces new $1 billion hospital A new, billion-dollar hospital is the centerpiece of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s plan for its Brookhaven campus and will likely contribute to the evolution of Buford Highway, according to city officials. CHOA revealed its plans for the $1 billion to $1.3 billion project on Feb. 9. Along with other developments in the works by CHOA and Emory University, including an Atlanta Hawks training and medical facility, it means the area of North Druid Hills Road and I-85 is set to become metro Atlanta’s latest major medical center. The massive development also will contribute to redevelopment along Buford Highway as clinics and other health care businesses seek to build near CHOA and will likely locate along the corridor, said City Councilmember Joe Gebbia, who represents District 4 where CHOA is located. “This will be part of the evolution of Buford Highway,” he said. The new Brookhaven pediatric hospital eventually will replace CHOA’s 255-bed Egleston Hospital at Emory University, according to the announcement. That site’s future use has not been determined, according to the announcement. Other details of the

new hospital are scant, with the announcement launching an estimated 18 months of planning. CHOA already has a 45-acre office complex at the intersection and for more than a year has hinted at massive redevelopment. It recently broke ground on the first phase, an eight-story medical building called the Center for Advanced Pediatrics. The new hospital has been discussed privately with state officials, as Gov. Nathan Deal was DYANA BAGBY quoted in CHOA’s Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Office Park is located on Tullie Circle in Brookhaven near the location of its planned $1 billion hospital. announcement press release. state, and its plans for a new hospital the largest in Georgia.” “The health of Georgia’s children and continued statewide growth will “They are saying the cost is between has consistently been one of my top help ensure that Georgia’s kids have a $1 billion to $1.3 billion, but it will probpriorities,” Deal said in the press rehealthy future.” lease. “Children’s Healthcare provides Continued on page 7 Gebbia praised the project as “one of vital care for children from across the

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MARTA helps attract another Fortune 500 company BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

Perimeter Center’s MARTA train service has helped attract another Fortune 500 company. WestRock, a multinational paper and packaging corporation, this month announced the relocation of its headquarters from Norcross to the Northpark Town Center towers in Sandy Springs, citing transit as among the reasons to place 800 employees there. Northpark sits atop the Sandy Springs MARTA Station, while Norcross is in Gwinnett County, which has long rejected joining the MARTA system. “This office will provide additional space for growth for our team and will enable us to enhance collaboration by colocating key functions,” WestRock CEO Steve Voorhees said in a press release. “Access to MARTA and key transportation hubs will also benefit our employees in the region.” WestRock joins a trend of large corporations moving their headquarters from suburban office parks to urbanized areas served by mass transit. The intent usually involves attracting and retaining millennials as white-collar employees. While the headquarters moves get a lot of publicity, most such moves affect a relatively small number of executives and management staff, with other offices remaining in the suburbs or other areas. WestRock has 39,000 employees around the world and will keep another office in Norcross. WestRock, whose products include pizza boxes, was No. 251 on the latest Fortune 500 list, with about $11.4 billion in revenue. It formed in 2015 from the merger of RockTenn and MeadWestvaco. The company will make its Perimeter Center move in phases spread from fall of this year to spring of 2018, said spokesperson Chris Augustine. The three-tower Northpark Town Center complex at Abernathy and Peachtree-Dunwoody roads, owned and managed by Atlanta-based Cousins Properties, is already home to another Fortune 500 company, Veritiv.

In recent months, Northpark has attracted civic-minded business organizations as well. The Perimeter Center Community Improvement Districts moved its headquarters there last year, and the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce’s new Technology and Innovation Center will open there this year. In a press release, Larry Gellerstedt, Cousins’ president and CEO, called WestRock’s relocation a “strong endorsement to the attractiveness of our office building and its prime location near public transit.” Leaders of Perimeter Center cities and business groups are talking about expanding the transit options. The PCIDs and the cities of Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs are the midst of a “last-mile connectivity” plan for a transit circulator system in Perimeter Center— likely dedicated lanes for public and private buses that connect commuters with MARTA stations. Bigger projects are long-proposed MARTA expansions northward along I-285 to Alpharetta. North Fulton mayors are discussing a possible transitfunding sales tax to go on the 2018 ballot, whether for MARTA or for other forms of transit. In January, Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul joined a large group of Fulton and state officials who traveled to Dallas to view the metro area’s transit system. At the Jan. 17 City Council meeting, Paul said that seeing light rail trains in Plano, Texas, made him start leaning in favor of that transit form over “bus rapid transit,” meaning buses running in dedicated lanes. “The rail system has ignited a total redevelopment of downtown,” Paul said of Plano. “They were ecstatic about what the train had done for their downtown area,” he said, adding that other cities that had opted out of the rail system were now seeking connections to it. “It changed my mind about light rail a little bit,” said the mayor, adding he is now “much more willing” to support it locally.

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The Sandy Springs and Cobb County Chambers of Commerce have teamed up to tackle Braves stadium traffic with a new task force. The new “Transportation Task Force” has participation from the Fulton County School System and Kennesaw State University; industry organizations such as the Georgia Motor Trucking Association; major corporations such as Home Depot and Arby’s Restaurant Group; and local businesses such as Sandy Springs’ Wyndham Atlanta Galleria hotel. The task force is in the early stages of a coordinated traffic response as SunTrust Park’s Opening Day looms on April 14. “We are thrilled to be involved in this work,” said Tom Mahaffey, president of the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce, in a written statement. As we all know, what happens in [Cobb’s] I-75 and I-285 intersection affects all of us. Essentially, traffic concerns don’t stop at the county lines.” Gary Bottoms, chairman of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, said the group is considering such options as flexible work schedules and ride-sharing programs. “I formed this task force to look carefully at what kinds of actions could be undertaken by the hundreds of businesses in Cobb and Sandy Springs to improve the Braves’ game day experience and help the traffic situation for everyone,” Bottoms said in a written statement. Traffic impacts have been a huge concern since the Atlanta Braves baseball team in 2014 announced a surprise, secret move to Cobb’s Cumberland area, which surrounds a highway interchange that lacks mass transit connections. Stadium-goers

may bring economic opportunity for local businesses, but they also fear the costs of making the area’s already notorious traffic even worse. SunTrust Park will host its first exhibition game, with fewer ticket sales than a full game, on March 31 and then hold Opening Day in April. Many games will be held in the evenings in the hopes of avoiding peak rush hour. The stadium also will host major concerts, with two already announced: Billy Joel on April 28 and Metallica on July 9. The governments of Cobb and Sandy Springs had a rough relationship for months with little or no communication about stadium traffic planning. That relationship has improved, but few actual infrastructure improvements are in the works weeks before the stadium opens. The Chambers of Commerce met about two weeks ago to kick off the task force’s work. “Everyone has a stake in minimizing the time we are stuck in traffic and so we are asking for a lot of input before we craft our recommendations,” Bottoms said. According to Mahaffey, the first meeting included briefings from a long list of agencies: the Atlanta Regional Commission; the Georgia Department of Transportation; Cobb and Sandy Springs government staff members; four area Community Improvement Districts, which are self-taxing business districts; Kennesaw State; and “several consulting groups.” Fulton County schools spokesperson Susan Hale was among those in attendance. While few Braves games are expected to occur during school hours, some will, and the school district’s headquarters is in the traffic zone on Powers Ferry Road in Sandy Springs.

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At left, a rendering of the new Center for Advanced Pediatricts. Below, construction has already begun on the 8-story, 260,000 square-foot center near the intersection of I-85 and North Druid Hills Road in Brookhaven. A new $1 billion hospital is also planned near the site as Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta expands its reach in the area.

Continued from page 4 ably be close to $2 billion,” he said. “This will be a 10-year project.” Gebbia said the development will “redefine” the North Druid Hills Road and I-85 interchange and will spur development, specifically Class A office space, in the Corporate Square, north of I-85, and Executive Park areas in the city. “Our objective is to bring Class A office space to the city,” he said. Mitigating traffic in the area will be a top concern for City Council, Gebbia added, and preliminary talks include the possibility of building a flyover bridge from I-85 directly to the hospital. He also said he expects more development from Emory University in response to CHOA’s plans. “It’s not only a privilege but we’re honored CHOA has selected Brookhaven for this significant project,” he said. City spokesperson Ann Marie Quill echoed Gebbia’s sentiment. “As we like to say, we’re glad Children’s is growing with us,” Quill said in an email. “That hospital will be a great benefit to the community as far as serving children and for the local economy. The CHOA/Emory/Hawks area is promising to be a southern gateway to the city that we will be proud of.” The announcement indicates that other existing major CHOA facilities around metro Atlanta will remain in place and several expansions are underway. That includes CHOA’s Scottish Rite hospital on “Pill Hill,” the medical center in Sandy Springs, near the Brookhaven border, where Emory Saint Joseph’s and Northside hospitals also stand. An expansion of Scottish Rite to add beds is underway. Another CHOA project, coming this year, is an urgent care center “in the Chamblee/Brookhaven area,” according to the announcement. CHOA has a long relationship with Emory, as Egleston Hospital is a teaching affiliate of the university’s medical school. Emory is also expanding its medical presence at North Druid Hills and I-85, where the $50 million facility in partnership with the Atlanta Hawks basketball team is under construction. “Specific transportation, site and building plans for the North Druid Hills Campus will be developed over the next 18 months,” the announcement press release says. Dyana Bagby contributed to this report.

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Thursday, Feb. 23, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Atlanta Audubon Society Director of Conservation Adam Betuel discusses NestWatch, a free nationwide nest monitoring program run by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Betuel wlll present tips on locating and safely monitoring nests and how to manage your NestWatch account. $15. Atlanta Audubon Society, located at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve, 4055 Roswell Road, Buckhead. Info: atlantaaudubon.org/ adult-workshops.


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Saturday, Feb. 25, 4 p.m.-7 p.m.

Parents can learn to identify dyslexia and empower themselves to help their children in a workshop led by Elaine LaCour, a 19-year veteran of the Atlanta Speech School. The event includes dinner and a panel of parents sharing their own journeys with dyslexia. $25 individual; $50 for family. Church of the Redeemer, 5185 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road, Sandy Springs. Info: redeemeratlanta.org or 740-298-1930.


John Nixon, author of “Debriefing the President: The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein,” appears at the Atlanta History Center as part of the center’s Livingston Lectures series. A leadership analyst with the CIA for 13 years, Nixon was the first primary interrogator of Saddam for the U.S. government. Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road N.W., Buckhead. Admission $5 members; $10 nonmembers; free to AHC Insiders. Reservations required. Info: atlantahistorycenter.com or 404-814-4150.

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The exhibit includes images of 35 women who volunteered to have their torsos painted and photographed to raise money for breast cancer and genetic research programs at the Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem and for breast cancer education, advocacy and prevention in the U.S. Cost: $85; patron level tickets $218. The Stave Room at American Spirit Works, 199 Armour Drive N.E., Buckhead. Info: hadassah.org/atlanta or 678-443-2961.

Saturday, Feb. 25, 10:30 a.m.-noon.

Heritage Sandy Springs continues its monthly American Girl Club programming with the story of Melody Ellison, a girl from Detroit during the civil rights movement of the 1960’s. Learn about Atlanta’s own civil rights movement, and then celebrate Black History Month with the help of Melody’s story. RSVPs requested and recommended. Best suited for ages 5-12, and girls can bring their favorite doll. $8 members; $10 non-members; $15 at the door. Info: heritagesandysprings.org or 404-851-9111, ext. 2.

DR. SEUSS BIRTHDAY BASH Thursday, March 2, 10:30 a.m.

Join the world in celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday with stories, fun and games at the Buckhead Branch Library, 269 Buckhead Ave. N.E., Buckhead. Info: afpls.org or 404-814-3500.


The Junior League of Atlanta offers kids an interactive reading event with related activities and a copy of the book to keep. Immediately afterward, the Junior League will host Kids in the Kitchen, a program that promotes a hands-on, healthy foods kitchen environment for kids and parents. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Hwy., Sandy Springs. Info: afpls.org or 404-303-6130.

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A 2.7-mile walk around Chastain Park’s PATH benefits Turning Point Breast Cancer Rehabilitation. The first annual event is hosted by Galloway School students Lauren, Samantha, and Emilie Scalise, three sisters whose mother and grandmother fought breast cancer within the same year. Registration opens at 10:30 a.m.; ceremonies start at 11:15 a.m.; and the walk starts at 11:45 a.m. Opening/closing ceremonies are at The Galloway School, 215 West Wieuca Road N.W., Buckhead. Fee: $30 in advance, $35 on walk day. Registration: scal012.wixsite.com/stridesforsurvivors.

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Adults, kids of all ages, strollers and dogs are all welcome in this second annual nearly 1-mile event in the Garden Hills neighborhood of Buckhead benefitting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The race begins at 335 Pine Tree Drive N.E. After the run, there’s a pizza celebration at the Garden Hills Recreation Center. The event is organized by Garden Hills/ Peachtree Park Friends group volunteers. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 on walk day. Families can register as a Family Sponsor for $150, with race day recognition and up to six shirts and entries. Info: giving.choa.org/flashlightfunrun.

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A ProShred mobile shredding truck will be at Chastain Park until noon or when its capacity is reached in an event hosted by the Matt Brown Group of Keller Williams Peachtree Road and co-sponsored by Fidelity Mortgage, Duluth Friendly Painting & Contracting and Smart Home Solutions. Residential use only requested; no need to remove staples, paperclips, fasteners or rubber bands. Free. Chastain Park, 4469 Stella Drive, Buckhead. Go to the Red Lot on Powers Ferry Road, in front of the Horse Park. Info: MatthewBrown@KW.com.


Ongoing The Community Assistance Center offers free help with tax returns. CAC’s team of trained and certified VITA [Volunteer Income Tax Assistance] volunteers can help filers earning up to $55,000 in 2016. Appointments are available now. CAC is one of many metro area VITA sites, an initiative of the IRS and the United Way. 1130 Hightower Trail, Sandy Springs. Info: 770-552-4889, ext. 221 or contact VITA@ourcac.org.

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City moves to demolish condemned house BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

The city of Sandy Springs is moving to demolish a house that remains in disrepair four years after its condemnation amid ownership confusion, and has laid out a plan that was informally approved by a city judge. The city will immediately remove six “dangerous trees” and soon will bring in an environmental engineer to figure out the method and cost of demolition of the house at 337 Hilderbrand Drive, said City Attorney Wendell Willard at a Feb. 3 court hearing. The plan will be brought back to court for approval later, he said. At the hearing, Willard listed various problems found in inspections since a previous court date in January. “So we need to have the property demolished,” he said. “There’s nothing there to be saved.” An attorney for JPMorgan Chase said the bank is in the process of finding a new owner, who could reimburse the city’s costs. The bank disputes the city’s contention that the bank owns the house. The pre-demolition inspections will likely take several weeks, Willard said. Within the 10 days after the hearing, some fallen tree limbs were cleared and large pieces of plywood were nailed

over the house’s windows. Attorneys for Chase and for former occupant Charles Farlow agreed to the plan, which will be formalized and signed by Chief Judge Donald Schaefer within the next few days. Mayor Rusty Paul sat in the courtroom audience during the Feb. 3 court hearing, as did Assistant City Manager Jim Tolbert and Steve Oppenheimer, who is president of the area’s Glenridge Hammond Neighborhood Association. “I just wanted to make sure it got done and got some resolution,” the mayor said. Oppenheimer, who led a petition effort last fall to get renewed city action on the house, said he’s pleased there is finally a “clear path” for solving the property’s safety issues. Also attending was a neighbor who recently had his roof and truck struck by falling limbs from decaying trees on the property. The neighbor has asked to remain unnamed. “It’s encouraging, this movement,” the neighbor said. “I’m just hesitant to get too excited given how much Chase has stalled this project.” “My concern is Chase slow-walking this because they know how many developers are buzzing around the neighborhood” and hope to get a higher selling price, he said.

The Hilderbrand house is among thousands nationwide left in disrepair amid legal confusion and finger-pointing in the wake of JOHN RUCH the 2007-2008 mortThe condemned house at 337 Hilderbrand Drive gage crisis. It was was freshly boarded up on Feb. 13. condemned after ting a new titleholder of the property” and a February 2013 fire that forced Farlow, wants to make sure that any demolition who runs a Sandy Springs beauty salon, to costs are taken up by that new owner. move out, and that caused extensive dam“I’m fine with that,” Schaefer said. age he has said he couldn’t afford to repair. Following the recent neighborhood City records show that since that petition effort, the city returned to court time, city inspectors have been foiled in in January and got an order allowing inattempts to hold anyone responsible for spectors to enter the property and deterfixing the property. mine whether it’s a public safety hazard. Farlow, whom the city once jailed over With public safety issues, the city can the property’s condition, previously said take action with court approval regardin an interview that the property already less of who owns the property. had a complicated legal situation folWillard said the city estimates the tree lowing a dispute with Chase over mortremoval will cost about $3,690 and the gage payments, as he put the house in his house demolition could cost as much as mother’s name, filed bankruptcies and $30,000. The city will do that work itself sought loan modifications. Meanwhile, and will seek reimbursement through a Chase gave various and contradictory anlien placed on the property, if the court latswers to inspectors about its responsibiler approves it. That lien would supersede ity for the property, according to city reany others except for tax liens, Willard said. cords, and maintains that the bank does The house has some serious structural not own the property, though county reproblems, Willard told the court, includcords say otherwise. ing “beams … that are deteriorated.” Some confusion continued at the Feb. “It is a danger,” Willard said in an in3 hearing, where the case was on the court terview minutes before the court hearcalendar twice under both Farlow’s and ing. “It is also what you might call an atChase’s names. Judge Schaefer finally called tractive nuisance,” he said, meaning it the case by saying, “That’s on JPMorgan could draw trespassers, as Farlow and Chase, Charles Farlow — and anyone else?” neighbors say is already happening. Doug Davis, an attorney for Farlow, The house dates to 1942 and may reclaimed that Farlow “never owned this quire abatement of lead paint and asbesproperty. He just helped his mother.” She tos prior to demolition, which is why the transferred the deed to Chase, he said. city needs the environmental engineer’s David Pernini, an attorney for Chase, inspection. That abatement is why the did not directly addresses the bank’s decity estimates a demolition cost at about nial that it owns the property. But he told double the typical amount, Willard said. the court that “we are in the process of get-

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City attorney contract bid for first time Continued from page 1 mer. Willard was involved in the city’s formation in 2005 and will take a lot of institutional memory with him. In an interview before the official decision to reopen the bidding, Paul said he was comfortable with the quality SPECIAL of the firms Wendell Willard, the that had recurrent city attorney sponded, but and House District 51 he also wantstate representative. ed more choices. He said he was concerned that firms based outside the city might not understand they are eligible. “I think we’re missing some opportunities,” Paul said. The current plan is for a new city attorney and staff to be in place by May 1 and work with Willard until he leaves July 1. The city operates with a general contract for city attorneys to provide legal services. There is also a specific, formal staff position called “city attorney,” which is filled by mayoral appointment with City Council approval. The city attorney does not necessarily have to be a member of the firm holding the legal services contract. In fact, that’s the way the city currently operates. Willard is the mayor-appointed city attorney, while legal services are provided by a separate firm, Riley McLendon. Cecil McLendon, a partner in that firm, is referred to as the assistant city attorney. Willard directs overall legal strategy and advice, while Riley McClendon does the day-to-day legal work. According to the city, Willard is paid a retainer of $25,467.75 per month for legal services, and $175 per hour for work not covered by the retainer, such as representing the city in court or in real estate negotiations. Riley McLendon is paid $15,000 per month on retainer and $150 per hour for extra services. Sandy Springs is famous for outsourcing most city departments through contracts with private companies, but the current legal services deal was never competitively bid. It’s a legacy of the legal advice provided while the city was still forming, according to city spokesperson Sharon Kraun. Riley McLendon provided free legal advice to a governor-appointed commission that formed the city after residents voted in favor of incorporation, Kraun said. The firm then negotiated a contract to stay on as the legal services provider. Willard was involved in the cityhood movement and SS

was appointed after cityhood to the position of city attorney under a separate pay contract. The city issued a request for legal services bids in December and got five responses from six firms. The bidders included: Riley McLendon and Burr & Forman, in a joint bid; Baker Donelson; Hall Booth Smith; Patrick G. Longhi; and O’Daniel McDonald. Former City Councilmember Chip Collins is a partner at Burr & Forman, while O’Daniel McDonald is the firm of another former city councilmember, Graham McDonald. Marietta-based Riley McLendon has a large business in municipal services. McLendon serves as city attorney in Dunwoody and Doraville. In Dunwoody, the firm last month ran into scandal when assistant city attorney Lenny Felgin resigned after allegations that he made offensive Facebook posts, which he says were made by a hacker. Sandy Springs announced the reopening of its legal services contract bidding on Feb. 15, with a response deadline of March 22. The contract will include a city attorney and assistant city attorney, both part-time, and two full-time staff attorneys.

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New design showcases city’s namesake spring Continued from page 1 Heritage officials said. The estimated $350,000 cost would be entirely privately funded, they said. “The idea is that it’s going to be a celebration of the spring,” said Lane Duncan at the design meeting, held at Heritage Hall just yards from the spring. “The hope is that this work is reflective of the long history and culture of this place … And that it shows respect for the land itself.” Used for decades or centuries by Cherokee, Creek and other American Indian communities, the spring in the 1840s became a watering hole for religious revival meetings by white settlers. A small community developed into what in 2005 became the city of Sandy Springs. The site became the nucleus of Heritage, a key cultural organization that runs a house museum and the annual Sandy Springs Festival, among many other works. The new spring design is part of a larger strategic plan for updating the site and keeping it as relevant as the city’s massive City Springs arts and park complex under construction a block away. Today, the spring survives, though it flows with far less strength. It’s currently entombed in a five-foot-deep hole beneath that metal grate, shaded with a simple,

shingle-roofed pavilion and accompanied by a bench. That structure dates to the 1980s, but echoes an earlier version from the 1920s, as shown in Heritage photo archives. Heritage officials says that visitors searching for the famous spring are underwhelmed if they even notice it’s there at all. Last April, Heritage commissioned new designs with one main mission: unbury the spring so that people can see it. The Duncans’ winning design does that, but has several other purposes as well: attracting attention; providing a small casual seating area; creating a better venue for weddings and other events; and emphasizing the spring’s connections to the landscape and history. The new, eye-catching canopy will be an assortment of slender, off-kilter columns holding up two roughly L-shaped roof panels that look different from different viewpoints. The ceiling would be coated in a reflective substance to catch light, and a square hole in the roof would center on the spring. The spring itself would be opened up, ringed by a 42-inch-tall glass rail. A pump would ensure that it springs up about three feet in the air, and it could be lit from below at night. The idea is to have sound and light bouncing off the roof panels. The fountain effect ensures “you can see

it and feel it and hear it and be a part of it,” Lane Duncan said of the spring. A seating area behind the spring, encircled by a low granite wall, could attract tourists and workers on lunch JOHN RUCH break, the During the Feb. 8 meeting at Heritage Hall, architect Lane Duncan explains architects the new spring design he and his wife, architect Linda Duncan, created. suggested. The adIndian tribes, as well as plantings of generjacent Heritage Green lawn would be al native species, Linda Duncan said. Those plowed closer to level so that chairs for areas could have educational signs. events will sit upright. And the lawn Linda Duncan said she once worked would be about two feet lower than the with a Native American-owned architecfountain area so that it serves as the foture firm on similar projects and that she cal point. has volunteered at Heritage Green as a The current concrete path along the master gardener. Green’s perimeter would remain, but with The freshly revealed spring would take certain areas landscaped with plants facare of only half of the city’s namesake. Afvored by the early settlers and American ter all, as Lane Duncan said in an interview,

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“It’s Sandy Springs. I want to see some sand and I want to see a spring.” A pile of sand is out of the question, he said, but paving stones with a sand-like texture is possible. About 45 people turned out to the see the design, and those giving comments were positive, with one man likening the design to Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell display. Linda Bain, the former executive director of the Sandy Springs Conservancy, a parks advocacy group, said the pavilion reminds her of a shrine from the Japanese religion Shinto. “It’s a wonderful, lively design. I love it,” Bain told Heritage board member Chip Emerson. City Councilmember Chris Burnett said in an interview after the meeting that he likes how the improvement ties into the nearby City Springs arts and park complex under construction. Those projects are “going to really create this tremendous, walkable green space environment” in the city’s center, he said. Emerson declined to give details of the two non-winning design submissions, but said, “One was too much [change] and the other didn’t change enough.” The Duncans’ design is still in the conceptual phase and will undergo more work on engineering and material details. Because Heritage Green is a city park, the project will eventually require approval from City Council. The council and Mayor Rusty Paul already have viewed the design, Heritage officials said. SS

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Petition Number:


Property Location:

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City of Sandy Springs

Present Zoning:




To rezone from C-1 to C-1 to change zoning conditions on the existing development and develop a proposed grocery store with concurrent variances.

An Ordinance to Amend Article III, Definitions, Article XXII, Variances, Modifications and Appeals of the Sandy Springs Zoning Ordinance, relating to withdrawal and deferral procedures

Public Hearings:

Planning Commission March 16, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Public Hearings:

Planning Commission March 16, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.


Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600

Mayor and City Council April 18, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Mayor and City Council April 18, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Location:

SANDY SPRINGS NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING MARCH 7, 2017 2017 Annual Action Plan for Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program


The City of Sandy Springs, GA has prepared its draft 2017 Annual Action Plan required for participation in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. The Annual Action Plan describes how the City intends to use its 2017 CDBG allocation to achieve the broad goals described in the City’s 2013-2017 Consolidated Plan. The City of Sandy Springs anticipates receiving CDBG funds March 2017. The City proposes to use these funds to continue the multi-year sidewalk improvement program in designated low- and moderate-income target areas on the east and west sides of Roswell Road to improve access to commercial areas, public transit, parks, and health services for residents. The City also intends to pursue a Section 108 loan to provide alternative financing for these projects. As required by 24 CFR Part 91. 105 (b) (2), the draft 2017 Annual Action Plan will be available for a 30-day public comment period beginning March 10, 2017 through April 10, 2017. A copy of the plan is available for those interested in reviewing it under the “Community Development Grant Program” heading at the top of the City’s CDBG webpage http://www.sandyspringsga.gov/City-Departments/Community-Development/ Community-Development-Block-Grant.

Petition Number:



City of Sandy Springs


An Ordinance to Amend Section 4.23 of the Zoning Ordinance, to add landscaping requirements

Public Hearings:

Planning Commission March 16, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Mayor and City Council April 18, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Hard copies of the document can also be reviewed at the following locations: Sandy Springs City Hall Community Development Department Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road Building 500 Sandy Springs, GA 30350


Sandy Springs Regional Library 395 Mt. Vernon Hwy., NE Sandy Springs, GA 30350

Dorothy C. Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex 6500 Vernon Woods Drive Sandy Springs, GA 30328

Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600


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Opinion/ Traffic solutions: Looking to Dallas, which once looked to us In 1996, a delegation from Dallas came to Atlanta in search of transportation solutions. After all, metro Atlanta was the transportation hub of the South. Founded RUSTY PAUL as a railroad cenMayor, Sandy Spings ter, we had the region’s first urban limited access freeway, the nation’s busiest airport and the South’s first subway. Twenty years later, a delegation from Fulton County, of which I was a part, visited Dallas to witness what our metro area could have looked like, if we had executed the plans that Dallas borrowed. But from 1996 until the Legislature approved HB 170 and our voters approved last November’s TSPLOST, policymakers had woefully neglected our transportation infrastructure during a period when the regional population almost doubled. Churchill called the time between World War I and World Ware II as “the years the locusts ate,” referring to the victorious Allies failure to maintain military readiness.

That phrase could apply to Georgia’s Two, there is no solution that eradiinfrastructure investment over the past cates congestion, but mobility can be imtwo decades. The stifling traffic we enproved. dure today is largely a function of enorThree, 20 years later, retrofitting transmous population growth unaccompanied portation solutions over mature commuby new transportation solutions to absorb nities carries some disruptive pain, but if it. we don’t deal with it now, the pain simply Make no mistake, Dallas is no trafgets worse into the future. fic panacea. When we arrived, we sat Four, fortunately, we can capitalize on in a construction zone near Love Field Dallas’ experience and craft even better for quite a while as drivers maneuvered solutions going forward. themselves around the work. Like the Allies in WWII, we have a lot But Dallas has implemented a true reof catching up to do, but we can win in the gional light rail transit network, tolled end. managed lanes that offer commuters guaranteed 50-mph speeds and a smart blend of publicly and privately funded roads which bought significant new infrastructure improvements. So, what did we learn? One, we are paying a price for DALLAS AREA RAPID TRANSIT our 20-year neglect Downtown Plano, Texas light rail station. of infrastructure.

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Marching to my own holiday drum I feel like I’ve spent half my life sitting in traffic and the other half waiting for something to download. And that’s a bad thing, because I’m not a patient person. But I find ways to make use Robin Conte is a writer of my time; and mother of four who in fact, I’m a lives in Dunwoody. She master at uscan be contacted at ing my time robinjm@earthlink.net. wisely. While I’m waiting for something to download, I’ll file my nails, fold laundry, make a pot of coffee and burn dinner. I can’t do any of those things while I’m in my car except for burning dinner, so in traffic, I sit and talk. But while I’m sitting and waiting and making good use of my time, the world around me is pushing and pushing. There is a force out there, a force to be reckoned with. It’s as if some giant hand is turning pages on the calendar, flipping ahead and skipping entire months. Like January. You notice this force in August. You’re sunned and sandy and your skin is peeling; October is the last thing on your mind, because you haven’t even bought school supplies yet, but you’re staring at orangeand-black Halloween displays at every grocery store. You’re pushed through Labor Day straight toward Christmas, with Thanksgiving sort of smushed in there, too. You’re rushed to put it all up and then pressured to take it all down. Then suddenly you’re shopping for heart-shaped cards and you look up and wonder, “What in the world happened to January?” January is a rest stop in the Celestial Wheel of Holidays, and somehow I miss it every time. We go from Christmas and Hanukkah straight to Valentine’s Day, and I’m shouting, “Hang on! I’m still in December!” This pushing force is a kid dragging his parents through a holiday-splattered theme park, and once again, he has dragged me straight past the rest stop of January. Well I’ll do the dragging, if you don’t mind. I’m not straggling, I’m not procrastinating — I’m savoring. I like the decorations. I’ll keep the pumpkins till they’ve rotted. I’ll keep the poinsettias until they’re dead. I’ll keep the little Fourth of July flag at the mailbox until the first whiff of autumn. And I like it that way. I want to take it one celebration at a time, and I want to make it last.

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If you want a little wildlife at your celebration, Zoo Atlanta offers year-round daytime and evening events for 20 to 5,000 people. Birthday parties, weddings, family reunions and company picnics are just some of the events the zoo can handle. For more information, visit zooatlanta.org.



The Midtown icon not only hosts big concerts, Broadway shows and films, but it’s also available for private events in the elegant Egyptian Ballroom, Grand Salon, main auditorium and the soon-to-open Marquee Club. For more information, visit foxtheatre.org.


If you’re looking for some pigskin flavor at your event, the College Football Hall of Fame in Downtown has 50,000 square feet of event space that can house up to 3,500 people for conventions, receptions, weddings, presentations and other special occasions. For more information, visit cfbhall.org.

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The Downtown museum provides a range of unique spaces to accommodate your next event. Whether you are planning a corporate meeting or training, a holiday gathering, wedding reception or dinner party, The Center offers a one-of-a-kind experience in the midst of history. For more information, visit civilandhumanrights.org.

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The Downtown interactive museum and play place offers parties for children ages 2 to 8. Not only will kids get to explore the museum, but also “make-and-take” science or art project and more. For more information, visit childrensmuseumatlanta.org.


The historic Academy of Medicine at Georgia Tech in Midtown is one of the city’s premier venues for weddings, receptions, conferences, and other special events. The 230-seat theater has six breakout rooms for conferences, while wedding parties will enjoy the private bridal suite. For more information, visit academy.gatech.edu.


The 21-acre legacy from the 1996 Summer Olympics is available for fundraisers, festivals, corporate receptions and more on the lawns, in the pavilions or amphitheater. For more information, visit gwcca.org/park.

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The Midtown park has venues and areas perfect for weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, anniversary parties, bar and bat mitzvahs, corporate meetings and charitable events. Whether you want to be on the dock at Lake Clara Meer or inside Magnolia Hall, the park might just be the place for a unique celebration. For more information, visit piedmontpark.org.

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On Jan. 31, officers received a call of a robbery just after 11 p.m. Two men said they were staying at a local hotel and decided to go for a walk. Both men are from out of the country. They walked to a gas station, and behind it to the rear of a bank. At that point, they noticed a man pass them and say something to them. They did not understand him and kept walking. The man then approached them and pulled a gun, demanding money. One man gave him $87 cash. The second victim, while retrieving his items to give the suspect, punched him in the left side of his face. The suspect fled. He dropped his gun but retrieved it and continued to run. The victims said they saw a black car, but thought nothing of it until after the suspect was punched. He yelled “help” and the car then sped off. They were not able to tell if the car picked up the suspect or not. 100 block of Spalding Creek Court —

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On Feb. 5, a resident reported that around 1:30 p.m. he was leaving his home when a man came up from behind him and pulled a weapon on him, demanding money. He eventually forced the man to drive to a Mount Vernon Highway ATM, where he withdrew money. Afterward, the suspect dropped the victim off in a subdivision off Dunwoody Club Drive, and left with his vehicle, a BMW-X5. The victim walked to a nearby gas station and called police. Later on, the car was recovered after the Lo-Jack activated. The suspect fled the scene but left behind a female who was taken into custody. The investigation now focuses on locating the suspect.

B U R G L A RY 5600 block of Roswell Road — On Jan.

29, sometime between 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., someone entered a residence through a window and took an Apple MacBook Pro, and jewelry, which they put in a pillowcase before leaving. 400 block of Morgan Falls Road — On

Jan. 29, a maintenance shed was broken into, resulting in the theft of a few bottles of Freon and a Nitrogen compressor. Another maintenance shed, at 7700 block of Roswell Road, was burglarized with tools taken. 500 block of Harbor Pointe Parkway

— On Jan. 30, another maintenance shed was burglar-

Spalding Drive — On Jan. 30, copper piping and electrical copper wire was stolen from a residential construction site.

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Roswell Road — On Jan. 31, the complainant said a contractor informed him his office door was unlocked. Taken were a laptop and two cameras. 100 block of Brantley Drive — On Jan.

31, the complainant said she entered the home and found an inside door forced open. Someone used a barrel to climb upon the balcony, and then forced the door open, triggering the alarm. Nothing was missing. 5300 block of Peachtree Dunwoody

Road — On Feb. 4, someone accessed the apartment through a window. Several items were taken, including hard drives, a laptop, watch, iPad, shoes, and cash. 2500 block of Huntingdon Drive — On

Feb. 5, the resident said he returned home after being gone overnight, and found his front door open. The door had no sign of forced entry. Several items were stolen. 7700 block of Roswell Road — On Feb.

6, the victim said someone burglarized her storage shed by prying the lock. Apparently, the incident happened three years ago, but when she reported it in early 2015, the staff told her that she did not need to file a police report. 8100 block of Colquitt Road — On Feb.

6, the resident said between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., someone entered the apartment, probably through the unlocked sliding door, and took several items including an Xbox video game system and some other items. The victim said she thinks the suspect was someone she knew. 3000 block of Treelodge Parkway —

Between Feb. 2 and 6, someone forced their way into the apartment through a window. The report did not say if anything was taken. 500 block of Northridge Road — On

Feb. 7, during the day, the victim said someone gained access to the apartment and took an Apple Watch, headphones, glasses, and a book bag. No signs of forced entry were found.




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G. Douglas Dillard, Esq.

Property Location:

6870 Roswell Road

Present Zoning:



To appeal two administrative determinations regarding the location of a stormwater management system.

Public Hearings:

Board of Appeals March 9, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.


Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600





Brett McNeill


420 Riverhill Drive


Appeal of an administrative decision regarding a use determination as a personal care home.

Public Hearings:

Board of Appeals March 9, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.


Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600



City of Sandy Springs


Lefko Properties, LLC

Property Location:

1000 Manorwood Ct

Property Location:

1170 Hightower Trail

Present Zoning:


Present Zoning:

R-2 (Single Family Dwelling District)

Rezone from TR to TR to allow lot delineation while bringing resulting conditions into conformance.


Request to rezone from R-2 to C-1 to allow office use.

Public Hearings:

Planning Commission March 16, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Mayor and City Council April 18, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.


Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600

Petition Number:



Request: Public Hearings:

Planning Commission March 16, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Mayor and City Council April 18, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.


Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600




Tracey McIntosh


4980 Spruce Bluff Drive


Variance from Section 19.3.15 of the City of Sandy Springs Zoning Ordinance, to allow a swimming pool in the front yard.

Public Hearings:

Board of Appeals March 9, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.


Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600

SANDY SPRINGS NOTICE OF VARIANCE PETITION Petition Number: Petitioner: Location: Request:

Public Hearings: Location:


V17-0011 Wade & Flynn Chappell 240 River North Drive One (1) Variance from the Zoning Ordinance R-2A (Single Family Dwelling District), 6.3.3. Development Standards. C. Minimum Side Yard. Fifteen (15) feet adjacent to side property line. The variance would allow a reduction in the minimum side yard setback from 15 feet to 11 feet. And one Variance from 6.3.3. D. Minimum Rear Yard: 40 feet. The Variance would allow a reduction in the minimum rear yard setback from 40 feet to 22 feet. Board of Appeals March 9, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600



Petition Number:



Rick Bizot


Deven Farris


5190 Vernon Springs Trail


5901 Hilderbrand Dr



Variance from section 6.4.3(b) to allow construction of a garage addition to an existing residence into the 50-foot front yard setback.

One Variance from 6.3.3. D. Minimum Rear Yard: 40 feet. The Variance would allow a reduction in the Minimum Rear Yard setback from 40 feet to 30 feet.

Public Hearings:

Board of Appeals March 9, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Public Hearings:

Board of Appeals March 9, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.


Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600


Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600


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very year, the Professional Association of Georgia Educators Foundation, known as the PAGE Foundation, identifies top students at public and private high schools across Georgia. The foundation says its Student Teacher Achievement Recognition program, or STAR student and teacher honors, has highlighted the achievements of more than 25,000 students since it started in 1958. The program identifies high school seniors who post the highest SAT scores for their schools and rank among the top 10 percent or top 10 students in their class in grade-point average. Each STAR student then chooses her or his STAR teacher. Once school winners are selected, regional STAR students and teachers are chosen to compete for the state title.

Atlanta Girls School

Sarah Walker Star Student

Atlanta International School

Melissa Hankinson Star Teacher

Cross Keys High School

Yusuf Azizi Star Student

Niall Gamble Star Student

Jacob Eismeier Star Teacher

Peter Radosta Star Teacher

North Atlanta High School

Ezekiel Day Star Student

Shunyang ‘Parker’ Liu Star Student

Dunwoody High School

Matthew Desoutter Star Student

Holy Spirit Preparatory School

Natalie Casal Star Student

Adam Lapish Star Teacher

Brandon Hall

Adrienne Rowe Star Teacher

Saachi Datta Star Student

Bob Amar Star Teacher

Chase McGrath Star Student

Stephen Bengston Star Teacher

St. Pius X Catholic High School

Jacob Ressler Star Student

Kristin Kramer Star Teacher

LaRita Williams Star Teacher

Jack Dinges Star Student

Weber School

Ross Williams Star Student

Michael Chalmers Star Teacher

Uwe Neuhaus Star Teacher

Clarisa Colton Star Student

Elizabeth Lamback Star Teacher

Mount Vernon Presbyterian School

Tim Perez Star Teacher

Pace Academy

Prashanth Kumar Star Student

Manav Mathews Star Student

Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School

Marist School

North Springs Charter High School

Jeanne Hall Star Teacher

Scott Chruszcz Star Teacher

The Galloway School

The Lovett School

Claire Buffington Star Student

Chamblee Charter High School

Jacob Buck Star Student

Sam Baroody Star Teacher

Riverwood International Charter School

John Pearson Star Teacher

Jeremy Colton Star Student

Rama Balachandran Star Teacher

The Westminster Schools

Liz Bailey Star Student

Jesse Breite Star Teacher


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