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A 9-acre shopping center at 7300 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs will hit the market for some type of redevelopment, according to its property manager. But first, the owners are dealing with a former dry cleaner’s chemical pollution, which the state worries may be entering nearby homes as vapor. North Springs Center is already mostSee SHOPPING on page 14 PHOTOS BY PHIL MOSIER

Lupita Sanchez, 7, left, and Heaven Hanson, 11, right, got busy on April 16, in support of the Volunteer for a Better Sandy Springs event, sponsored by Leadership Sandy Springs. Lupita helped spread mulch in a vegetable garden at Ison Springs Elementary School, while Heaven cleaned up leaves in Hammond Park. All volunteers were provided breakfast and a T-shirt for their efforts.

Reporter hosts forum for council candidates The Sandy Springs Reporter plans to host a forum on Wednesday, May 4, so voters can meet and question candidates running for the District 3 seat on Sandy Springs City Council in a special election May 24. Five candidates — Chris Burnett, Brian Eufinger, Joe Houseman, Suzi Voyles and Larry Young — are running. The forum will be held in Heritage Hall, Heritage Sandy Springs’ facility at 6110 Blue Stone Road. The event will begin at 7 p.m. and continue until 8:30 p.m. To find out more about the candidates, see our Voters Guide on pages 12-13 or at ReporterNewspapers.net.

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Residents voice concerns over Hammond Drive corridor study BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net Widening Hammond Drive, adding bike lanes and more sidewalks — these are all on the table for potential future plans for the corridor that connects Sandy Springs and Dunwoody. At an April 21 open house at Dunwoody City Hall, residents got a chance to look at proposed plans for five sections of the Hammond Road corridor: Glenridge Drive to Barfield Road; Barfield Road to Concourse Parkway; Concourse Parkway to Peachtree

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Sandy Springs has the right foundation in place to build urban trails connecting its scattered parks, trail expert Chuck Flink told a big crowd at the Sandy Springs Conservancy’s annual “Thought Leaders” dinner April 13. He called for a city “greenprint”—the parks version of a blueprint—to shape a green future. “I traveled down Roswell Road today and I understand the angst,” said Flink, president of North Carolina-based consulting firm Greenways, Inc., who has worked on hundreds of trail plans across the country. But, he added, “The quality of the parks you have in this community is really, really high…This is a great legacy to build on.” Flink said Sandy Springs also has great examples close to home in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood—the PATH400 multi-use trail, which has a planned extension into Sandy Springs, and the “Buckhead Collection” master plan for interconnected parks and trails. “The PATH400 is a wonderful opportunity for this community,” Flink said at the dinner at the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North hotel, adding that the Atlanta BeltLine park/trail system it connects to is “the most amazing public works project in the U.S. today.”

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Also at the dinner, the Conservancy, a parks advocacy and funding organization, gave its annual Greenspace Champion Award to a local hero of the biggest park within city limits: Park Ranger Jerry Hightower of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. Flink ia an advocate of “greenways,” meaning any type of park-style trail— whether paved or unpaved, or following a natural feature like a river or a human-made one like an old railroad bed. In the late 1990s, he worked on some of the area’s earliest trail plans, including the Chattahoochee River master plan and Cobb County’s Silver Comet Trail. The nationwide trail trend is driven by demographic changes, Flink said. The millennial generation wants less car-only transportation, and the rapid pace of development in the South’s population boom can create feelings of dislocation. “I’m not surprised to be in Sandy Springs having this conversation…about a sense of place,” Flink said of the changing suburban city in the heart of the nation’s fastest-growing “mega-region.” As part of its wide-ranging “Next Ten” planning process, Sandy Springs is sketching out a yet-to-be-defined network of greenways. Flink praised the Next Ten consultants and said Sandy Springs will end up with a top-notch plan.

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A proposal to replace a church with a 201-unit senior housing building met disapproval from the Sandy Springs Planning Commission on April 21. “I think this would be great if it wasn’t so grandiose and large [and] sitting on top of a hill,” said commission chair Lane Frostbaum, echoing residents’ concerns about the plan’s height and density. In January, Parc Communities proposed the luxury senior housing complex to replace the Apostles Church at Glenridge and Hammond drives. The plan includes three interconnected sections ranging from five stories and over 75-feet tall on Hammond to three stories on the Glenridge side. Chip Collins, an attorney for Parc, noted the city’s land-use plan calls for more senior housing. He said that Hammond Drive is home to the King and Queen skyscrapers—the city’s tallest buildings— and said this project is “the right transition” between dense and single-family

areas. But several residents disagreed, including Glenridge Hammond Neighborhood Association president Steve Oppenheimer and Steve Berson, an Aberdeen Forest Homeowners Association board member. “So much for privacy, seclusion and enjoying the outdoors,” said Berson, describing the proposed building as looming over his Glenairy Drive backyard with 45 windows. Scott Nelson, a resident of an adjacent property on Glenridge, made a similar statement at the first community meeting in January. But at the planning commission meeting, he had changed his mind, voicing fears of a “domino effect” of development on Glenridge. City planning staff members had recommended denying Parc’s request, which includes rezoning, a use permit and a height variance. The planning commission voted to recommend denial to the Sandy Springs City Council, which will make the final decision next month.

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New corporate headquarters reflect millennial generation’s demands BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

The Fortune 500 company Newell Brands this year made the shortest of corporate headquarters relocations, moving about a third of a mile within Sandy Springs. But it was also a giant leap into the millennial generation, a switch from a self-contained suburban campus to a transit-oriented site where hang-out spaces are more common than assigned desks. “This new headquarters has a more residential feel to it,” said David Sheehan of the architecture firm Perkins + Will and who was on the Newell headquarters design team. “Generally, this is the way corporate America is going.” Major corporations are increasingly fleeing massive, remote compounds for glass-walled, urban buildings near public transit. “A number of [corporations] are now saying, ‘We did this whole suburban thing. It’s done,’” said Mark Hinshaw, a principal at the Seattle architecture firm Walker Macy who has written about corporate headquarter moves. A major national example is General Electric’s recently announced move from suburban Connecticut to inner-city Boston. It’s also a trend in the once suburban but increasingly urbanized Perimeter Center. Mercedes-Benz USA is moving from New Jersey’s office parks to a Sandy Springs site designed with cubicle-free “collaborative” workspaces and paired with a housing development. State Farm’s

new regional headquarters, going up in Dunwoody, will be directly connected to a MARTA station. These changes to the classic corporate campus model are propelled by the same force behind the push for apartments, mixed-use development and “walkability”: the millennial generation market. “In my view, all of this is being driven by the millennials,” said Hinshaw. “It’s their taste. It’s their generation. What they want is what they’re getting. “They don’t want private spaces. They don’t want hierarchical things. They want it to be more democratic—more Bernie Sanders,” he added with a laugh. “They want to live in apartments, live in a neighborhood. And they also don’t want to drive a car.” It’s a reversal of the corporate campus trend, which also tracked housing patterns—at the time, white-collar workers fleeing cities for suburbs. One trend-setter was Connecticut General Life Insurance Company’s 1957 move to a sprawling, college-like campus only accessible by car. Hinshaw has written about the dramatic headquarters change at one Fortune 500 company, the timber giant Weyerhaeuser. In 1972, the company built a spectacular HQ with a greenery-covered terraced roof on a gigantic 400-acre campus in suburban Washington state. But this year, Weyerhaeuser is moving to a modest-looking, glass-walled building in downtown Seattle—with only 50 parking spaces. Hinshaw says that Weyerhaeuser’s move typifies the trend. It’s mostly about millenni-

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als, but also about being closer to academic centers, responding to today’s more diverse workforce and moving away from “fortresslike” buildings to one reflecting new goals like environmental sustainability. “There was a good, long era…where [corporations] wanted iconic, bold, striking buildings set against the landscape… the counterpart to European royalty who wanted castles and piazzas,” Hinshaw said. Today, he said, companies are more inclined “to blend into the area and not be a literal target…I think that’s also a deliberate move to integrate their workforce with general society.” Newell Brands—home of many household products, from Rubbermaid to Sharpie—had to react rapidly to these trends only 10 years after its last headquarters redesign, said Sheehan, who worked on both projects. It was previously located on secluded, leafy Glenlake Parkway in a building with each floor devoted to one of the company’s major sub-brands. Now it’s on PeachtreeDunwoody Road, Perimeter Center’s main drag, with an open design inspired more by Starbucks than cubicles, and living

rooms rather than board rooms. “In the previous headquarters, we had designed a fitness center there [and] a full-service cafeteria…and that was all designed to keep people in the building and on campus,” said Sheehan. In the new building, workers are expected to walk or take the nearby MARTA to local restaurants and a gym, though the company still provides a shower and locker room. Inside, desks haven’t vanished, but “part of the workforce doesn’t really have an assigned desk per se,” Sheehan said. Spots considered workspaces include “huddle rooms,” lounges, a café with a fireplace, and a terrace and roof deck for outdoor gatherings. Of course, the millennial generation, too, will pass, and its stereotyped preferences aren’t really suited for every worker or company, Sheehan and Hinshaw said. There are risks in being too trendy, Hinshaw said, but the bigger risk right now lies in not giving the millennial workforce what it wants. “If they don’t get it, they’re not going to work for [the company],” he said.

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Major Pill Hill mixed-use project would replace residential street BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

A developer plans to buy an entire street of homes bordering Pill Hill to build a major mixed-use project fronting on the Glenridge Connector. All owners along western Clementstone Drive—a cul-de-sac of eight singlefamily homes off Peachtree-Dunwoody Road in Sandy Springs—have agreed to sell to developer Richmond Honan, said Joe Cannon, a real estate broker with KW Commercial Atlanta Perimeter. “Yes, the entire street,” said Cannon of the Clementstone plan, which covers roughly 13 acres and would build a new road onto the Connector at the existing Meridian Mark Drive intersection. “We’ve been working with [the homeowners] for months…It’s going to be a mixed-use deal.” Plans are in the very early stage, Cannon said. But the general idea involves retail space fronting on the Connector, along with senior housing—independent and assisted living—and possibly some doctors’ offices to serve it. The southern, rear section would have “some extremely high-end luxury homes.” The plans are so preliminary that Cannon could not give specific unit counts or heights or even say whether the homes would be single family or townhomes. More details will be available by next month, when the developer will present the plan to the High Point Civic Association, a Sandy Springs community organization, according to the broker and HPCA member Bill Gannon. “I think like everyone it feels it needs to be redeveloped,” Cannon, the broker, said of Clementstone, “but there’s going to be a huge variety of opinions as to how it should be redeveloped and the density of the redevelopment.” A Richmond Honan representative could not offer immediate comment, but did confirm the company’s involvement in a Clementstone Drive plan. Alpharetta-based Richmond Honan is a nationally known developer of medical offices and hospitals. It has built on Pill Hill before, including a Northside Hospital tower and the Meridian Mark Plaza medical building across the Connector from the proposed Clementstone project. Northside Hospital owns one of those Clementstone Drive houses, which it bought in 2014, according to property records. Cannon said that the hospital might occupy some of the medical office space in the proposed redevelopment, Continued on page 7

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A new Sandy Springs business called My Pooch Face is working like a dog, producing custom portrait paintings of pets for hundreds of clients across the country. “We got it down to an art,” said David Lefkovitz, the local entrepreneur who launched the web-based pet portrait business 10 months ago. Since then, the company has shipped more than 900 “pawtraits” to customers around the country. Despite the name, the company paints virtually any furry pet, from cats to pigs to, in one recent case, a zebra. The acrylic paintings on canvas—in natural tones or with touches of psychedelic color—are done by a team of artists whose work is supervised and finished by Aziz Kadmiri, a Woodstock painter whose clients include the pop star Usher. Seeing a painting Kadmiri had made

of a dog inspired Lefkovitz to create the company—but not because he wanted a canine portrait of his own. As it happens, Lefkovitz has no furry pets—and for a good reason. “We’re hyperallergenic. We have fish and turtles,” Lefkovitz said. “I was the only one who didn’t have a pet [dog or cat] going into this.” But he did see the response to Kadmiri’s dog painting, which the artist had posted on Facebook, and he sensed opportunity. Lefkovitz is best known in business circles as co-founder of his family real estate company, LEFKO Group, but he also has a background in software and operates a small company called Niche Digital Brands. He saw that custom pet portraits would have a big market and could be easily publicized on social media.

The result has been strong sales with a soft launch—the full My Pooch Face website just went live two months ago. The company joined the likes of Coca-Cola in winning one of this year’s MAX Awards, an honor for marketing skills given by Georgia State University’s business school and the Atlanta Business Chronicle. My Pooch Face came from a business calculation, but Lefkovitz said he’s struck by the warm and fuzzy side. “This is the first business I’ve been in where I’ve seen this level of intensity and love for the product,” he said. People variously buy the portraits, he said, as “celebrations” of current pets, as gifts for others, and as memorials when “their furbaby has passed.” “I can probably tell you the life story of clients we’ve had over the last 10 months,” said Lena Kotler, My Pooch Face’s head of marketing and operations, who works to establish ongoing customer relations. “It wasn’t just this dry, unemotional purchase.” The business mixes custom portraits with a menu of options. Kadmiri and crew base

the animal portrait strictly on a photo and customer interview. Customers can choose three general styles: “granola dog,” meaning natural colors or “happy puppy” and “hippy pooch,” which have varying degrees of bright colors mixed in as highlights. Current prices range from around $300 to more than $1,500, depending on the painting’s size and number of animals. The company aims to launch lower-cost digital portraits soon, Lefkovitz said. Other products may follow, Lefkovitz said, as he deliberately chose the “My Pooch Face” name as a catchy term that doesn’t explicitly limit the company to paintings. For more about My Pooch Face, see mypoochface.com.

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Create Your Cupcake, located at 203 Hilderbrand Dr., in Sandy Springs, recently noted its opening with a ribbon cutting. From left, Suzanne Brown, vice president/client relations, Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber, Ariela Fajardo, store manager, Erica Rocker-Wills, Barbara Hart, co-owner, City Councilman John Paulson, Steve Hart, coowner, Thomas Morgan, manager, Angela Forrester and Beth Berger. The store allows customers to personalized their own cupcakes.

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OPINION / Monumental memories Confederate monuments and memobuilt between 1890 and 1920. These monurials have stirred discussion in the South ments were placed in public locations – in for decades. Debate over keeping or retown squares, courthouse lawns and colmoving them, however, intensified after leges. They are often more elaborate, dethe Charleston tragedy in June 2015, bringpicting soldiers or Confederate leaders. ing renewed attention to existing ConfedThese latter monuments were products erate iconography. Across the South, from of an era defined by Jim Crow, which reNew Orleans to Baltimore, Americans have inforced and affirmed a white supremacy since attempted to find solutions to adworldview through veneration of the Lost dressing these legacies of the Civil War in Cause. public life. As is true with all monuments, ConfedAt the Atlanta History Center, we beerate ones are meant to promote and suslieve that these monuments can be valutain a memory. When we discuss memoable educational tools; in particular, as ry of the Civil War in the South, we can talk tangible signs of the Jim Crow era. Our about the staggering percentage of white suggestion is that communities consider Southerners killed defending the Confedconverting them into eracy, but we cannot dehistorical artifacts by fend historically inacproviding adjacent incurate reasons for the terpretive signage and war’s cause. We must even educational proalso talk about how degramming to tell the feat of the Confederahistory of those who cy, which fought to preerected these monuserve slavery, led to 42 ments and why. Most percent of the South’s importantly, to tell the entire population, four stories of the people million black Southernthey were intended to ers, being freed from diminish. bondage. Even with such efHistory is not someforts, debate over Conthing we use just to federate monuments make ourselves feel has persisted and will better. If that were the continue into the fucase, we would be talkture. But this is exacting about heritage – ly why the monuments which I define as hisare so important to tory without all the JOE EARLE keep, provided we talk unpleasant parts. HerA Confederate monument stands at about the real reasons itage is not necessarily the DeKalb County Courthouse. they were put there in a bad thing, but it can the first place. be obstructive when it Following the Civil War, between 1870 causes us to ignore the more complex realand 1890, many monuments were built ities of history. History makes us take the and placed in cemeteries, mourning Connext step: It asks us to question and considfederate dead. These earlier monuments er the past and its issues deeply – good, bad were usually obelisks, adorned with fuand in between. neral drapes. The majority of monuments Monuments are constant reminders found in the South today, though, are of a that we need to address our collective hisdifferent time and character - originally tory together and openly. The past is al-

Letter to the Editor To the editor: Joe Earle wrote a column about a Yankee transplant named Bill Browning who has joined a Sons of Union Veterans heritage group. [“These ‘Sons’ honor the Union,” Reporter Newspapers, April 15-28.] I took offense at a transplant moving here and joining a Union heritage group. Remember, history books were written by the victorious North. Americans get a distorted view of the Civil War, which should be called the “War of Northern Aggression.” Southern states freely joined

the Union, wanted to exercise their free will and leave, and there was nothing in the Constitution that prevented the South from leaving. Even though the South never threatened the North, Lincoln sent savage Union troops to completely destroy the South. This was followed by waves of Yankee carpetbaggers who exploited the devastated South. The Civil War was fought by the North, not to free the slaves, but to forcibly keep the South in the Union. This was America’s greatest act of imperialism. W. Keith Watkins

ways more complicated than it seems. As a committed grassroots preservationist, I believe the removal of historical objects from the landscape almost always serves to diminish Sheffield Hale us and our collecSheffield Hale is tive story. I think president and CEO of the it’s much better to Atlanta History Center keep these monuments. But, if we keep them, we cannot maintain the status quo. We must transform them from objects of veneration into historical artifacts that can tell the story of why so many of them were erected: as a vehicle to celebrate the Confederacy during the time of Jim Crow segregation. Confederate monuments are among our last tangible links to that disturbing era in American history. However, I believe the decision to move, remove or retain is inherently local. To help communities start the conversation and grasp the broader historical perspective monuments can provide, the Atlanta History Center has developed an educational online resource. On our website, visitors will find the latest literature and news, concerning issues surrounding Confederate monuments and national memory. Additionally, a key feature of the site is a “Confederate Monument Interpretation Template,” which offers contextual text that communities can incorporate on informational signage that they design. Earlier this month, in fact, 33 members of the University of Mississippi history faculty proposed using text from the template for their most contentious monument on campus. After a previous attempt to contextualize the statue was met with criticism, the history faculty pulled language from our model to link their monument to the legacy of the Civil War, the Lost Cause narrative and the Jim Crow era. We encourage local communities to use these resources to develop their own solutions to addressing monuments. Today, we are presented with an opportunity to openly discuss the underlying issues that have often divided us and continue to divide us. Rather than censoring the past, let’s encourage an understanding of its complexity.Let us look at these monuments from a different perspective – as artifacts that can help explain a difficult period in history. The past has much to teach us about who we are and where we are – if we let it.

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Wilkinson said he met Labyrinth execjohnruch@reporternewspapers.net utives through his work with the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force When Republican Rep. Joe Wilkinson near Savannah. dropped his re-election bid last month, he “I’m an amateur military historian,” said his retirement plans included worksaid Wilkinson, adding that he has helped ing on an animated movie about a heroic several World War II veterans edit their World War I military dog named Sergeant memoirs. Stubby. Labyrinth’s films include the World War Wilkinson is presiII series “The American dent of Fun Academy Road to Victory” that Motion Pictures, the aired on PBS. Wilkinfilm company makson said he did some ing “Sgt. Stubby: An marketing and distriAmerican Hero,” he bution work for Labysaid in a recent interrinth, then became inview. And Fun Acadevolved in their Sergeant my’s parent company, Stubby project, an aniIreland-based milimated film. tary documentary Wilkinson said he maker Labyrinth Mewas made president dia, will open a new of Fun Academy MoSPECIAL office in Buckhead as tion Pictures, a division Sergeant Stubby in a 1923 photo the film’s “command of Labyrinth created published by Wikipedia. center,” said Labyto make the Sergeant rinth spokesperson Stubby movie. “They Jordan Beck. had the talent” on the “Growing up, who creative side, Wilkinson didn’t want to be Walt said. “Labyrinth was saying Disney?” said Wilkinthey needed someone who son, adding that the work could basically coordinate, matches his love of millead meetings and manage itary history and of the this project. It fits my skill adoption of homeless set. I couldn’t tell you much dogs. (He successfully led about [film] production, a legislative effort this but I know how to manage. year to name the “adoptIt’s something I just said I’d able dog” as Georgia’s love to do.” state dog.) Wilkinson is a retired According to the “Sgt. Coca-Cola executive and Joe Wilkinson Stubby” website, the film held commands in the U.S. will be directed by Dan Navy Reserve. St. Pierre, an animator on He said “Sgt. Stubby” is still in the fisuch Disney films as “The Lion King” and nancing stage. While various crew mem“The Little Mermaid,” and scored by Patbers may work in other cities and counrick Doyle of “Thor” and “Cinderella.” tries, the production will be coordinated by “If you Google ‘Sergeant Stubby,’ you’re Wilkinson in Atlanta, Beck said. going to be amazed,” said Wilkinson. “We would have loved to do [the entire Stubby was a stray adopted by soldiers film] in Georgia, of course,” said Wilkinson. training at Yale University during World But Fun Academy will open an Atlanta ofWar I and was smuggled onto the front fice on Northside Parkway near North Atlines. lanta High School. Beck said the office will “He caught a German spy. He, because serve “Sgt. Stubby” for now and possibly of his great sense of smell, could sense gas other Labyrinth productions in the future. attacks ahead of time,” said Wilkinson. The “We are looking forward to working dog also reputedly won over skeptical comwith [Wilkinson] as we develop Fun Acadmanding officers because “they had taught emy projects in Georgia, utilizing the growhim how to salute.” ing infrastructure and talent pool offered “This is all true. It’s really neat,” Wilkinhere to create educational and entertainson said. ing stories with an international appeal,” Bedecked with medals, Stubby became Beck said. a nationally known mascot of the war efThe producers are hoping “Sgt. Stubby” fort. “When Stubby died in 1926, he was will get a distribution deal and be released stuffed and put into the Smithsonian,” in 2018, according to the film’s website. Wilkinson said. The Smithsonian’s NaWilkinson said it will be worth the wait. tional Museum of American History web“It’s very much like [Steven Spielberg’s site features a page about its exhibit of the 2011 film] ‘War Horse,’ but not as intense stuffed war dog. and dark,” he said.

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Voters Guide Five candidates seek the vacant District 3 seat on Sandy Springs City Council in a special election May 24. The Sandy Springs Reporter asked each of them questions about their qualifications for the job. Here are edited versions of their responses. To see their complete answers as well as information provided by candidates seeking other local offices in the May 24 election, go to ReporterNewspapers.net.

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Education entrepreneur Holy Innocents’ School Board of Trustees; member of the Sandy Springs Rotary Club; member of the YMCA Camp High Harbor Board. Q: Why should the voters choose you? A: For over 20 years, I have been an active and dedicated community volunteer who has led organizations in our city that are making a real difference in the quality for life for our residents. My extensive community involvement gives me a broad breadth and depth of experience in many of the city’s most important initiatives, and my 36 years as a community banker gives me a deep understanding of financial and budgetary matters. Q: What do you see as the biggest problem facing the city? A: With an absence of a well-planned and properly executed strategic growth initiative, Sandy Springs runs the risk of growing so quickly and so large that we smother in our success. As leaders, we must bring a balanced strategy of smart, well-managed growth that enhances our quality of life for generations to come.

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I want the same thing for Sandy Springs as all the other residents want and I will do everything to make that happen. I will be the watch dog for District 3 and do what is best for the citizens of District 3. ers should choose me. I am for you. I am your personal advocate. Q: What do you see as the biggest problem facing the city? A: Traffic and economic development go hand-in-hand when it comes to ensuring positive growth and opportunities for our city and the state. If we have a responsive local government that can work with our county and state officials, we can make sure we get the results we need to alleviate local traffic so that Sandy Springs continues to be the best place to raise and family, work and play.

Suzi Voyles

Executive director, teacher, homemaker Past political experience: Legislative assistant, Gov. Ronald Reagan; chairman of multiple statewide, national and local campaign divisions. Other experience in community: Worked for better screening of student athletes to minimize sudden cardiac death; advocated for AEDs in our public buildings; served on the Southeastern Advocacy Board for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association; co-president of the Wyndham Hills Civic Association.

Court of Sandy Springs – retired (2005 – 2014); president, Rivershore Estate HOA for eight years, plus three additional years as director; president, Sandy Springs Council of Neighborhoods, 2005 to 2013; Sandy Springs Charter Revision Commission, 2011; appointed one of two original founding judges of the Sandy Springs Municipal Court; pro bono legal counsel for the Sandy Springs Environmental Project Inc. Q: Why should the voters choose you? A: The voters should choose me as I am completely independent and am the most qualified person for the job to be done. Q: W  hat do you see as the biggest problem facing the city? I think clearly the greatest issue facing the city is the ever-increasing traffic that chokes our streets and wastes our time. The new Braves stadium will affect our district more than most because of our proximity to that venue. The recent closure at Mount Vernon and Sandy Springs Circle for construction has caused an outpouring of frustration from our district. The construction of the new I-285/Riverside interchange roundabouts is also causing concerns. This interchange has always been a thorn in the side of the community during afternoon drive time.

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Q: Why should the voters choose you? A: The best leaders are those with a willingness to serve and lead by example, and I have demonstrated these characteristics throughout my career. I am honest and hardworking, loyal and dependable. It is a natural ability of mine to create a workable solution, even when having to navigate pessimistic attitudes. Also, I am able to establish a positive rapport with others, and this will be a beneficial resource to creating strong associations profitable to the city. I have years of legislative and policy experience on both the national and state level that will be a credit to the City Council.

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Program, which oversees cleanups of contaminated sites.. The owner notified EPD of the contamination on Oct. 1, 2015, Brownlee said, and has been cleaning up the site, with the next report due June 30. The owner has removed a large amount of contaminated soil at the fenced-off Prestige storefront, and soon will do “chemical injections” into the ground to neutralize remaining solvent. However, EPD on March 31 ordered further testing on whether the polluting chemicals could be entering nearby homes in the form of vapor. “We had some concern about potential vapor intrusion for residents on the back side,” Brownlee said. “They’re up high on the hill, which is a good thing for them.” But data on that possibility is still being collected from test wells, so “we don’t have information” yet, he said. Abbe Seitzman, president of the North Springs Homeowners Association, which includes those nearby homes, said there have been rumors and conversations circulating about the pollution concern, but no solid information. The neighborhood also has heard only rumors about possible sale or redevelopment of the center, she said. “They haven’t told us how it’s going to be redeveloped. That’s one of the questions we had,” Brownlee said, adding that a residential use would require more thorough pollution cleanup. “They want to clean up the property so it can be redeveloped or go as a brownfield for sale to some other developer,” Brownlee added. “That’s why they were aggressive about cleaning it up.”

ly vacant, and anchor tenant Big Lots will close in mid-May, according to a manager. Some other remaining businesses said they have short-term leases and that there are rumors of redevelopment into apartments or condos. “We do know it’s being sold as a redevelopment,” but no other details, said Don Goodman of Equitable Management Corporation, who manages North Springs Center for an ownership company called North Springs Associates. According to property records, the center dates to 1969. It is zoned as a “Community Business District,” which includes townhomes among the many permitted uses, according to the city website. The city planning department has not received any redevelopment applications for the site, according to city spokesperson Sharon Kraun. Rich Arroll, the broker for the property, said he could not immediately comment at length beyond saying the center is not currently under contract to sell. Donna Maslia of Parian Properties, who is named in state records as a partner in the ownership company, did not return a phone call. Andrea Rimer, an environmental attorney for the owner, declined to comment. Rimer is involved because of North Springs Associates’ cleanup of the former Prestige Cleaners, a dry cleaner that operated in the center from 1996 until its eviction on Sept. 30, 2015, according to state records. The cleaner leaked toxic dry cleaning solvents, according to a unit manager with the state Environmental Protection Division. “They have quite a bit of contamination in groundwater and also… in the soil,” said EPD David Brownlee, a unit manager with the state Environmental Protection Division’s Response and Prestige Cleaners leaked toxic dry cleaning solvents into Remediation groundwater and also the soil. A cleanup is underway.

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Concerns raised over Hammond Drive corridor study

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Continued from page 1 Dunwoody Road; Peachtree-Dunwoody Road to Perimeter Center Parkway; and Perimeter Center Parkway to Ashford-Dunwoody Road. The proposed plans are part of a partnership between Sandy Springs, Dunwoody and the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts. The three entities are working together to come up with a concept that addresses traffic, pedestrians and cyclists on heavily traveled Hammond Drive as new developments continue to rise in Perimeter Center. Jennifer Harper, chief of programs and operations with PCIDs, said the PCIDs and

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USA Pickleball AssociaIt goes back to the ortion, which is located in igin of the game itself. Surprise, Ariz. Pickleball was inventDunwoody Parks ed near Seattle in 1965 and Recreation Direcby vacationing famitor Brent Walker said lies who wanted to play city officials decided badminton, but couldn’t to include the court in find the shuttlecock. the new park after resiSo they combined paddents asked for it during dles, a Wiffle ball and a public meetings. Walker badminton net to make said he’d never heard of a game that kids and the game before those adults alike could play. meetings, but its fans The pickleball asEd Feldstein, left, and Nora were insistent. “There’s sociation says one stoFloersheim get ready to volley a small but strong conry is that the origiduring a fast game of pickleball. tingent of folks that like nal players named to play pickleball,” he said. their game cobbled from many parts afAllan Bleich, a retired doctor, said he ter the “pickle boat” in rowing competitook up the sport after he stopped playing tions, which uses a crew made up of rowtennis because of knee trouble. “It’s just a ers from different boats. Another version fun way to exercise,” he said. is that they named it for the family dog, Nora Floersheim, a 67-year-old retired Pickles. school teacher and former tennis player, picked up pickleball a couple of years ago at the Marcus Center and now teaches it to newcomers. Like other pickleball fans, she said an important aspect of the game is camaraderie among the players, who sit together and chat while awaiting a turn on the court. “It’s very, very, very social,” she said. Pickleball players gather in Dunwoody And the name? How did it for morning games at the Marcus Jewish get to be “pickleball,” anyway? Community Center of Atlanta.

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GEORGIA PHILHARMONIC Saturday, May 7, 8 p.m. The Georgia Philharmonic concludes its 2015-2016 season with a performance of “An American Legacy” at the Conant Performing Arts Center on the Oglethorpe University campus. Tickets, $10-30. 4484 Peachtree Rd., NE, Brookhaven, 30319. Call 404-500-9276 for information. Buy tickets: georgiaphilharmonic.org or in person at the Conant Performing Arts Center box office.

BOGEY & THE VICEROY Sunday, May 8, 7 p.m. Heritage Sandy Springs begins its 20th season of Concerts by the Springs by welcoming Bogey & The Viceroy, who cover classic soul, retro rock/ pop and current chart-toppers. Outdoors. Free and open to the public. Gates open at 5 p.m. Blankets, lawn chairs and coolers welcome. No smoking or pets. Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn, 6110 Bluestone Rd., Sandy Springs, 30328. To learn more, visit: heritagesandysprings.org or call 404-8519111 x1.

nic dinner. Beverages available for purchase. Seating, first-come, first-served basis. Free for DNC members; adults, $5; students, $3; children 3 and under, free. 5343 Roberts Dr., Dunwoody, 30338. For further details, call 770-394-3322 or go to: dunwoodynature.org.

CELEBRATE ROBERT SHAW Sunday, May 15, 4 p.m. The Choral Guild of Atlanta celebrates the 100th birthday of Robert Shaw and the late composer Stephen Paulus, formerly with the ASO and Chorus. Music includes: “Hymn for America,” “Deep River” and “Annie Laurie.” Tickets: $15 per person; $12 seniors; $5 students. Northside Drive Baptist Church Chapel, 3100 Northside Dr., Atlanta, 30305. Find out more by visiting: cgatl.org or calling 404-223-6362.

LET’S LEARN! EASY MEDICARE Friday, May 6, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Learn how Medicare works. Topics include: Medicare Parts A and B; prescription drug plan (Part D); Medicare Advantage plans (Part C); Medigap; verifying plans your doctor accepts; calculating prescription costs. Free and open to all. For adult audiences. Buckhead Branch Library, 269 Buckhead Ave., NE, Atlanta, 30305. Email: comments@co.fulton.ga.us or call 404814-3500 for additional information.

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Sunday, May 8, 7 p.m. The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta’s Youth Ensemble presents “James and the Giant Peach,” a musical about a young English orphan who embarks on a journey in a larger-than-life enchanted peach. For all ages. $5-$10. Additional show, May 9, 7 p.m. Morris & Rae Frank Theatre, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Purchase tickets by calling 678-812-4002 or online at atlantajcc.org/boxoffice.

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Saturday, May 7, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Butterflies are easy to attract to your patio with flowers. Join a Chattahoochee Nature Center gardener for a butterfly garden and greenhouse tour, then create a container (provided) of host and nectar plants to take home. $40 general public; $30 CNC members. Register by May 3 at: scheduling@chattnaturecenter.org or by calling 770-992-2055 x237. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell, 30075. See more: chattnaturecenter.org.

Ultimately, it’s your experience that matters. To be sure, we’re proud of our 28 years of experience in senior living. But, to us, what really matters is your experience at our communities. We do everything with that idea clearly in mind. So, go ahead, enjoy yourself with great social opportunities and amenities. Savor fine dining every day. And feel assured that assisted living services are always available if needed. We invite you to experience The Piedmont for yourself at a complimentary lunch and tour. Please call 404.381.1743 to schedule.

Join Us for Sunday Brunch Sunday, May 15th • 1:00-3:00pm Enjoy a classic Sunday brunch, take a look around, socialize, and listen to the music of special guest John Martin! Please RSVP to 404.381.1743 for you and a friend by May 13th.

TERRIFIC TURTLES Saturday, May 14, 10-11:30 a.m. It’s nesting season and the Blue Heron Nature Preserve is brimming with turtles! Learn all about these reptiles, then hike to the nature preserve’s pond to look for pond sliders, snapping turtles and more. $10 per adult; $5 per child; under 3 free. RSVP to 678-315-0836. 4055 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, 30342. Register: bhnp.org. Call 404-345-1008 for details.

NEW HOPE CEMETERY Sunday, May 15, 3-5 p.m. The Dunwoody Preservation Trust continues their History Alive! series with a tour and talk of New Hope Cemetery. Free and open to the public. Valerie Biggerstaff and Traci Rylands present. Meet at the cemetery, 5695 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Questions? Call 770-668-0401 or email: dunwoodypreservationtrust@gmail.com.

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Wade Kovalik

cent of his class and he has received multiple honors, including the STAR Student Award, which usually is given to the student with the highest SAT score in his or her class.

North Atlanta High School, senior

Wade Kovalik wants to be an aerospace engineer. Or a pilot. Or maybe both. “My dream would be for an aircraft or rocket design that I worked on to get selected for government or private contract and to get put into production,” Wade said. “It would be an awesome feeling to see something that I helped design actually fly through the air or in space.” He’s working on it. He builds drones in his free time. And he’s had a internship at the Georgia Tech Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory. At the same time, Wade’s academic performance landed him in the top 5 per-

“I have a solid work ethic. It just isn’t in me to do things halfway, especially if it’s for something I genuinely care about,” Wade said. “I love to learn beyond what is taught in the classroom, or even about things that aren’t taught in school at all—like pretty much everything I know about aeronautics and space. Learning about new things is just something I’m really passionate about.” Wade’s teachers see him as wellrounded, ambitious and hard-working.

“While Wade was my Latin student he was the absolute light of my life,” says Christine Conklin, a teacher at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology in Alexandria, Va. “His excellence and dedication to the language was renowned, and certainly appreciated and respected by me.” Balancing a demanding academic load with his activities in engineering, Wade also finds time to tutor his peers with Mu Alpha Theta. He also plays clarinet in North Atlanta’s Band.

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Police Blotter / Sandy Springs Taken from Sandy Springs police reports dated from April 2 to April 13 „„The following information was provided

by Capt. Steve Rose of the Sandy Springs Police Department from its reports and is presumed to be accurate.

ROBBERY „„4200 block of Spring Creek Lane – On

April 2, a 20-year-old woman said she met a man on the dating app called “Tinder.” She agreed to meet him at Spring Creek Drive Apartments. The two walked toward the back of the building when he pulled a weapon and took $460 from her. He is described 6-feet, 280 pounds

and bald. The suspect had a gun with a wooden handle. He may have left in a Dodge Charger. Detectives are pulling the information on the app to see if they can find and identify a lead on the suspect. The woman was not injured.

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wave were taken.

„„Glenridge Point Parkway – On April 2,

„„ 4000 block of Dudley Lane – On April 6, at

a new construction site, a basement window was broken and entered. A refrigerator, HVAC units as well as copper piping are missing. „„ 8700 block of Roswell Road – On April 11,

Captain Steve Rose,SSPD

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„„ 200 block of Elden

Drive – On April 3, someone entered a home by cutting door hinges. A gas stove and micro-

Among the fascinating people who

live and work at Canterbury Court:

a person reported a burglar forced entry to the vacant business next door and then into his via a wall. The man was on video and described as male and wearing a two-tone hooded jacket and white shoes. „„ 4000 block of Dudley Lane – On April 11, the

complainant reported that a home, currently unoccupied, was entered and several items were taken, including a refrigerator, lumber, two planters, a Husqvama backpack blower, chainsaw and other renovation supplies. „„ 6300 block of PDR – On April 12, a laptop

was stolen from an office during the overnight hours. The suspect apparently pulled open exterior doors, then made his way up a flight a stairs to the second floor, where he located and took the laptop.

THEFTS „„Kenbrook Drive – On April 2, a 19-year-

old said his cellphone was stolen from his home.

a man said he had a check, contained in an envelope, in his pocket that had been mailed to him. He said he later discovered the check and envelope fell out. He retraced his steps and found the envelope. It had been opened and the check was gone. „„6600 block of Roswell Road – On April

3, someone cut the lock from the victim’s locker at a gym. They took a 22-inch rope chain and pendant. „„A 49-year-old woman reported she was

shopping at a grocery store on Northridge and accidentally left her purse in a shopping cart. She returned to the store and was told someone turned it in—minus $50 cash. They said the woman who turned the purse in was a female, 5-foot 9-inches and about 110 pounds with long brown hair, dark pants and a white top. „„Churchhill Drive – On April 8, a man re-

ported his garden hose stolen. He said he saw a man in his driveway around 4:30 a.m. „„1100 block of Mount Vernon Higjway –

On April 11, a 43-year-old man reported that someone went into his unlocked locker at a gym and took a backpack with his laptop, Bentley key ring, Mercedes wallet cred-

SANDY SPRINGS NOTICE OF VARIANCE PETITION Petition Number:

V16-0035

Petitioner:

Charles David Smith

Exercise Specialist since 2005

Location:

5410 High Point Rd

Dancer • Swimmer • Exercise Therapist • Teacher Music Lover • Volunteer • Canterbury Court Ambassador

Request:

Two variances from Section 109-225 of the Development Regulations: Request to encroach into additional 25’ impervious surface setback to the stream buffer for the extension of an existing residence; Request to bring nonconforming structures encroaching in 25’ and 50’ stream buffers and additional 25’ impervious setback into conformity

Public Hearings:

Board of Appeals May 12, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Location:

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

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SANDY SPRINGS NOTICE OF VARIANCE PETITION Petition Number:

V16-0037

Petitioner:

Spencer Byle

Location:

780 Starlight Lane

Request:

One (1) Variance from Land Development Requirements Section 109225: Request to encroach 18 sq. ft. into 25’ impervious surface setback for existing single family residence (addition outside the buffer)

Public Hearings:

Board of Appeals May 12, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Location:

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it and debit cards, and an iPhone6 Plus. The theft occurred between 7-9 p.m. „„8900 block of Carroll Manor Drive –

On April 12, a man reported his IRS refund was stolen from his mailbox.

„„A 29-year-old woman reported her Mas-

terCard information had been copied and used for $504.

er of attorney over an elderly woman and found that her housekeeper had written several checks, amounting to over $8,000, from her account over several years.

AUTO THEFTS

„„6700 block of Roswell Road – On April 4,

„„A man reported that he was given pow-

„„There were seven auto thefts reported

from April 2 through April 5. From April 11 and April 13, there were 11 thefts from autos reported.

FRAUD „„A man victim reported on April 2 that

his Social Security number was used to file taxes. „„On April 2, employees of a fast-food

a company executive reported that an office manager used a company credit card for personal purchases including Jet’s Pizza, Target, Kroger, Metlife Auto and Home, Comcast, Georgia Power and a child-care facility. The officer manager since failed to show for work (we call that a clue) and has not been seen. The case was turned over to detectives. „„A 43-year-old woman reported that she

was on the job website care.com and comrestaurant said someone passed a counmunicated with someone using the name terfeit $20 at the drive-up window. Cops “Mary Roberts,” who offered her a job. The were called. When they arrived, they woman received a check for $2,650 which spoke to the man who showed receipts she deposited. The bank notified her that that he had withdrawn $8,000 from his the check was fraudulent and her account bank. The officers checked the money was frozen. and it appeared valid. The $20 bill was placed in evidence and the READ MORE OF THE POLICE BLOTTER ONLINE AT man was released.

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SANDY SPRINGS NOTICE OF REZONING Petition Number:

RZ16-0088

Petitioner:

Joe Dan Rogers, Dunwoody Place Ventures

Property Location:

0 River Exchange Drive

Present Zoning:

C-1 (Community Business District)

Request:

Rezone from C-1 (Community Business District) to O-I (Office Institutional District) for the construction of an assisted living facility

Public Hearings:

Planning Commission May 19, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Mayor and City Council June 21, 2016 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:

V16-0036

Petitioner:

GRI Inc.

Location:

5632 River Oaks Place

Request:

Variance from Section 109-225 of the Development Regulations: Request to encroach into additional 25’ impervious surface setback to the stream buffer for the construction of a sunroom

Public Hearings:

Board of Appeals May 12, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Location:

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

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„„A 30-year-old woman reported that while

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Duke Realty Group

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1100 Johnson Ferry Road

Present Zoning:

O-I

Request:

Request to modify condition 2(a) of current O-I zoning to substitute site plan dated February 19, 2016 to allow construction of a 450-space parking deck

Public Hearings:

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5 Seasons Brewing Battle & Brew Bishoku Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop Café Posh Chef Rob’s Caribbean Café Cibo E Beve

May 14

Hammond Park th

7-11 pm

For one night only more than 20 Sandy Springs restaurants will be rocking the big tents in the heart of Sandy Springs. Enjoy this all-inclusive event with food, w i n e , b e e r , c o c k t a i l s a n d l i v e m u s i c .

Dantanna’s Tavern Food 101 Hammock’s Trading Co. Hudson Grille Il Giallo Maya Steaks & Seafood

Live music from Ed Roland & the Sweet Tea Project, Tony Levitas and FRIENDS and the Tommy Dean Trio.

Meehan’s Public House Nancy G’s Nothing Bundt Cakes Rock ’N’ Taco Taziki’s Mediterranean Café Teela Taqueria Three Sheets Tin Can Fish House Under the Cork Tree *Restaurant list subject to change

Buy Your Tickets Today at FoodThatRocks.org

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4-29-2016 Sandy Springs Reporter