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Hitch a ride Bicycle rental program will ‘transform’ city

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MARCH 21 — APRIL 3, 2014 • VOL. 8 — NO. 6

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Catch me if you can

Primary, nonpartisan elections moved to May 20 COMMUNITY 4

The right stuff? Guest educators question SAT’s relevance COMMENTARY 6

Flower power

Our new feature explores fun within two-hour drive ROAD TRIPS 14-15

Down, not out Baptist church struggles to survive FAITH 16

Best in show

Holy Spirit senior is entrepreneur, equestrian STANDOUT STUDENT 18

On the streets More police officers patrolling Buckhead area PUBLIC SAFETY 21

Malia Carter, left center, on a breakaway, is trailed by teammate Lily Hughes, right, as Emily Shull, far left, Lina Lieuwen, back right, and Hanna Huckabee, right, defend, during a soccer match at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church on March 15. The church’s Sports, Recreation and Life Enrichment Department hosts an annual soccer league. More photos on page 19.

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Five candidates vying for District 54 seat

Demolition under way for Gateway Project

BY ANN MARIE QUILL

BY ANN MARIE QUILL

Four Republicans and a Democrat are running for the Georgia House of Representatives seat from District 54, which covers a large part of Buckhead. The seat had been held by Republican Ed Lindsey, the House Majority Whip who’s vacating his slot to run for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Beth Beskin, Loretta Lepore, John McCloskey and Angelic Moore will go before voters in the Republican primary on May 20, while Bob Gibeling is the lone Democrat in the race. We asked the candidates to tell us a little about themselves. Below, in alphabetical order, is a sampling of what they had to say:

Crews have begun tearing down apartments near the intersection of Roswell Road and Windsor Parkway to make way for a mixed-use development coming to Sandy Springs by late 2015. Known as the Gateway Project, zoning was approved in July 2013 for JLB Partners to construct the development that will include 630 new apartment units as well as office and retail space. Progress on the development, which is expected to be complete by late 2015, first requires the destruction of the site’s dilapidated apartments, Chastain and Versailles. “We are currently cleaning out the units, getting the trash out and have started demolishing some units, said Jeff Lehman, JLB’s project manager for the site. The new apartments will be targeted at tenants able to afford higher rental rates. In February, the Sandy Springs Development Authority voted

Beth Beskin:

“My central focus is reducing taxes and making government more accountable. I was the first candidate, and am the most vocal, SEE FIVE CANDIDATES, PAGE 5

SEE DEMOLITION, PAGE 3

03-21-2014 Buckhead Reporter  
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