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►’Historic’ auto shop delays roundabouts and park plan p. 2 ► Behind the City Springs construction budget, a new method at work p. 15


‘Roswell Boulevard’ among Sandy Springs planning process’s big ideas BY JOHN RUCH Roswell Road remade as “Roswell Boulevard” with a tree-lined median? That’s among the “big ideas” coming out of Sandy Springs’ “Next Ten” planning process. “It’s more than just a land-use plan. It’s a vision for the community,” said Mayor Rusty Paul, introducing a presentation on the work thus far for the Next

Ten—combining a revision of the city’s Comprehensive Plan, a rewrite of its zoning code and detailed plans for certain areas. Perimeter Center and the northern and southern stretches of Roswell Road are those “Small Area Plans” currently in draft form. The concepts were met with interest and curiosity by at least 70 residents who attended a community workshop,

held Jan. 27 at the Sherwood Event Hall on Roswell Road. The sheer scope of the vision—from mixed-use “nodes” along a new tree-lined “Roswell Boulevard” to a kind of Central Park for Perimeter Center—appeared to engage the crowd, but also kept it quietly thoughtful. The general thrust of the planning See ROSWELL on page 18


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

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

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

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

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

OUT & ABOUT City calls Celebrate purchase of Black History Month Hammond Drive Page 8

property a ‘protective buy’


The city of Sandy Springs will buy a Hammond Drive residential lot as a placeholder for its long-planned road-widening project, the City Council decided Feb. 2. The $375,000 purchase of 590 Hammond sparked some community concerns of the road widening secretly beginning. But City Manager John McDonough said SEE SANDY, PAGE 4

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‘Historic’ auto shop delays roundabouts and park plan

The former Eddie’s Automotive, now Magic Mike’s, at 260 Mount Vernon Highway, is considered historic by the state Historic Preservation Division.


The former Eddie’s Automotive on Mount Vernon Highway is historic, according to the state preservation office, a decision that has thrown a monkey wrench into city plans to replace the auto shop with new roundabouts and a park. The city and state transportation officials dispute the designation. “We have checked and we have not been able to find any evidence George Washington had his horse fixed at Eddie’s Automo-


tive,” Mayor Rusty Paul joked in a recent speech to a Buckhead community group, expressing the city’s frustration. But Jennifer Dixon of the state Historic Preservation Division said the shop—now called Magic Mike’s Automotive—is a historic artifact of the cardriven development boom along Roswell Road during the 1960s. “Therefore, it is HPD’s opinion that the auto service garage is significant as a good and representative example of this time period of development within the Roswell Road area and Sandy Springs as a whole,” Dixon said in an

email. “Furthermore, it is HPD’s opinion that the auto service garage is a good and representative example of Contemporary architecture as applied to commercial development.” The city sees the situation as another headache for its Mount Vernon roundabouts plan, which already had to be redrawn to accommodate another historic designation for an entire neighborhood off Johnson Ferry Road. That required taking more land in front of the Mount Vernon Towers senior residences, which has triggered intense controversy. For years, the city has planned to reconfigure the unusual, X-shaped intersection of Mount Vernon Highway and Johnson Ferry Road into dual roundabouts. The plan involves acquiring the western triangle of land in the intersection where the auto shop sits near other commercial buildings that are now vacant. About half of the triangle site would be taken up by one of the roundabouts, while the rest, fronting on Roswell Road, would become a small park related to the City Springs project across the street. The $14 million project entered the review pipeline in 2007, with GDOT agreeing to pay 80 percent of the cost.

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Some of the money comes from Federal Highway Administration funds. One string attached to federal funding is a review of a road project’s possible impacts on historic resources, Assistant City Manager Bryant Poole said. Under the National Historic Preservation Act, that means identifying any adjacent properties that are on the National Register of Historic Places or that might be eligible because they are at least 50 years old. If there is such a property, Poole said, “you have to demonstrate you’ve done everything you can do not to impact the resource.” In 2009, the city conducted the historic survey, which found that the Glenwood Forest subdivision to the south of Johnson Ferry is historic as an example of mid-20th century architecture. GDOT and the Historic Preservation Division agreed with that designation and the city shifted the roundabouts plan northward to take only a small sliver of right of way in the Glenwood Forest area. The Preservation Division later ruled the project would have “no adverse effect,” meaning no historic mitigations are needed. But as the roundabouts plan headed into final design and got in line for funding, the auto shop recently passed its 50th birthday and required historic review as well, Poole said. This time, the Preservation Division and GDOT were at odds. Dixon called it “a rare professional disagreement regarding the historic status of the auto repair shop.” The city still is deciding on its official response, Poole said. An appeal is possible, and the historic designation does not bar redevelopment, but could require mitigations ranging from moving the entire building to erecting a memorial plaque on its site, Poole said. “We and GDOT think it doesn’t require historic review,” Poole said. “We’re trying to determine the next step. Do we challenge it?” The city can’t simply shift the design off of the auto shop site as it did for Glenwood Forest. Paul said at a recent City Council meeting that he petitioned members of Congress to remove the historic review requirement for this particular project in the federal funding bill, but Poole said that move came too late. The city may appeal the historic designation to the Federal Highway Administration via GDOT, which could take a year or more, Poole said. Another option is giving up on federal funding and using only city money. Or the city may have to do some form of mitigation for demolishing the building. “Please know, this process is simply that, a process—once complete, the project continues,” Dixon said.

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A 1-acre extension of the Abernathy Greenway Park is in the early planning stages, and the city is seeking community input on what it should include. The parcel, at the northeast corner of the Abernathy and Wright Road intersection, was originally slated for parking, but residents complained about that. The city held a Jan. 20 meeting where, according to a press release, community suggestions leaned toward passive use with landscaping, water features and shade structures. There is no budget or timeline for the new parkland yet. The community input deadline is Feb. 12, and suggestions can be emailed to


Mansions Senior Living is proposing a new 35,000-square-foot assisted living and memory care facility near its Sandy Springs residential complex on River Exchange Drive near Spalding Drive. According to the city’s website, the

plan requires rezoning. A preliminary community meeting is slated for Tues., Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. at the existing Mansions residence at 3175 River Exchange Drive.


Sandy Springs outsources many of its services to private contractors who bid for the jobs. But, in a change this year, it likely will offer no-bid threeyear renewals to most contractors in order to avoid a shake-up during the City Springs construction and the Next Ten planning process, officials said during the Jan. 26 City Council retreat. “I believe we’re getting good service and fair pricing,” said City Manager John McDonough. Councilman Tibby DeJulio said he backs the renewals, but wants to avoid making that a habit “and not start bringing those positions in-house.” The seven outsourcing contracts were put out to bid in 2011 and four will expire June 30. If the renewals go forward, the council likely will vote on them in March. The city’s fiscal year 2016 cost for all of the contracts is $14.8 million.

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Sandy Springs buys land as Hammond Drive widening placeholder


At the Roswell Cultural Arts Center 950 Forrest Street, Roswell

Continued from page 1 the project still needs years of planning and public meetings. The purchase is a “protective buy” to secure right of way now before infill redevelopment makes property costs skyrocket, McDonough said. And he indicated that the city might make more such purchases. McDonough said that “it would be irresponsible of the city” to not buy the land now relatively cheaply as infill houses nearby go for nearly $1 million, “knowing that the long-term plan calls for the widening of the corridor.” The 590 Hammond site, at the corner of Lorell Terrace, is currently empty after a developer recently demolished a house there for a planned infill project. The city is buying the land from that developer, Mehmet Olcal of Roswell-based Alphasibel LLC. Olcal bought the property last year for $250,000, according to property records. “I understand the protective buy,” said Steve Oppenheimer, president of the Glenridge Hammond Neighborhood As-

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sociation, but added, “I have great concern about the project is going to impact our neighborhood in the interim.” Oppenheimer said he is concerned the city will not maintain the site and that city land buys will breed uncertainty among neighbors, who might delay improvements on their own properties. McDonough pledged that the city will maintain any site in its “natural state” pending road work, and that if it acquires any houses on Hammond, it will demolish rather than rent them. A few years ago, the city bought another property on Hammond at Kayron Drive. The city demolished a house there that was damaged by stormwater problems, Councilman Tibby DeJulio said. DeJulio and Assistant City Manager Bryant Poole said Hammond has been seen as a problem street for decades. Its width varies, and the section between Roswell Road and Perimeter Center is a narrow choke point that also lacks sidewalks, forcing pedestrians to use rugged trails. Widening the road has been in various plans in the past decade, most recently as part of the 2012 transportation special local option sales tax package that failed at the ballot box. However, some residents have opposed changing the residential character of the street. Last year, the city applied for a $240,000 Atlanta Regional Commission grant to study the project and finalize a design via community meetings. “All indications are we’re in solid running to get that money from ARC,” Poole said. But any actual construction would be years away. McDonough said it could take five years if the project requires federal funds, but possibly less time if local funds are approved, such as through a local option sales tax package. Poole and McDonough emphasized that there is no update to the widening plan, which still exists as three alternative designs sketched out with some public input in 2009. “Importantly, there’s going to be impact on either side of Hammond no matter what alignment,” Poole said. “I think it’s important to us to secure the right of way.” City councilmen agreed in their unanimous vote to approve the purchase. “I think this about preserving two things,” said Councilman Gabriel Sterling. “It preserves taxpayer dollars…and it preserves our options.” Sterling and Councilman Andy Bauman noted that if the road project is rejected for some reason in the future, the city can sell the land at market rates.

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

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

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

Extending the Red Line

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

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

Regional planning

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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Steve Grossman has a passion for the arts, but not the restaurant business. So, after nearly four years of operating Steve’s Live Music in Sandy Springs, a place where musicians and artists have performed to appreciative audiences over hummus or vegetarian quesadillas, the venue itself may soon be closing unless Grossman can find a partner willing to take on the food side of the business. “I’m not going to continue running a restaurant past June,” Grossman said. “Steve’s Live Music could cease to exist in this location if I don’t find a partner. Cultural arts are real important to me and I know one space is not optimal in terms of trying to create music in the community.” His lease expires in July on the building on Hildebrand Drive where Steve’s Live Music has been located since mid-2012. Grossman actively is seeking partners, saying his venue is ripe for a new chef or restaurateur to come in and make a mark while enjoying a built-in fan base of music and dance lovers. At the same time, Grossman said he is exploring ways to broaden his reach by working with area restaurants, dance studios and other venues to bring in live performances, not only in Sandy Springs but in neighboring cities as well. However, Sandy Springs, he believes, is ground zero for a musical awakening. “I see Sandy Springs as fertile ground for becoming the next Nashville or Austin for the music scene,” he said. With the many restaurants and mixeduse developments going up, Grossman has a vision of people strolling the streets and walking past restaurants or theaters where they could step in and listen to live music. City Springs, the new city center and the development surrounding it, is where Grossman believes live performances could really take off. Since he opened, Grossman said more than 1,500 musicians have played Steve’s Live Music. From folk to bluegrass to a Beatles cover band to Gypsy Opera and Celtic

dancing, Grossman serves a niche in metro Atlanta. “I probably get emails from five or six people a day wanting to play here. That adds up,” he said. With his contacts with artists and venues, Grossman wants to expand to just booking acts. Already he is booking tours for some bands in North America and Europe, he said. “My real passion is music. I want to bring music to the community. I want to bring art to the community. I just want to bring live music to everyone,” he said.

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“I think it’s all a good idea as long as we can manage our traffic.” Richard Ellis

“We already have streams of traffic going through the neighborhood. I don’t know how they’re going to get there and get home.” Karen Whitehead

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

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

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

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

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


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Plans to replace a Sandy Springs church with a 201-unit senior housing building drew traffic and density concerns—and some grudging acceptance—from about 70 residents at a preliminary community meeting Jan. 25. Developer Parc Communities said that luxury senior housing is among the

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Roy Dickson, president and CEO of Parc Communities, speaks to residents at the Jan. 25 meeting at Apostles Church.

And I understand something is going to happen on a corner like this that is out of the ordinary in the way of density, something that is going to invite questions.” Dickson and attorney Chip Collins, a former Sandy Springs city councilman, had lots of answers, including an offer to shave 12 feet of dirt off the entire site to reduce the new building’s height impact. No one in the crowd seemed thrilled, but several said that in today’s skyscraper-sprouting Sandy Springs, they were willing to settle for a relatively low-impact project. “To be completely honest, this is not what I want…[but] this could be a much worse possible property—a gas station, for God’s sake,” said Scott Nelson, a Glenridge resident. Apostles Church has to sell after building an overly large new house of worship under a previous administration several years ago, according to a church official. The church and a preschool will have to move and all buildings in the complex, including the former youth house next door, would be demolished in the current plan. Parc’s facility would be mostly four stories tall, reduced to three stories along Glenridge as a nod to residents’ concerns, and rising to five stories at Hammond. The building would be set back 85 to 95 feet from the street. About 55 percent of the 201 units would be one-bedrooms and the rest two-bedrooms, Dickson said. There would be eight full-time employees and part-timers for a dining facility and the possible health clinic. But Parc’s nontraditional, “pioneering” concept of an independent living facility with “a la carte services,” as Dickson put it, worried some residents about possible greater-than-expected traffic impacts. Instead of paying a flat fee for services, residents—who could be as young as 55 under federal law— would pay about $2 per square foot in base rent and then more for any spe-


cific services they want, such as housekeeping or transportation. And at least to start, the dining facility would be a “bistro,” serving only breakfast and lunch. Dickson acknowledged that the new concept made some aspects unpredictable. “Yeah, I don’t know,” he said of the possible traffic impacts of the facility not serving dinner. “I haven’t crossed that bridge yet…We will be learning as we go as we deliver this new product.” But Dickson said that the “social fabric” of the facility will attract people in their 70s and 80s who are less likely to drive, and invited residents to look at Parc’s existing senior housing in Alpharetta and Duluth.

Clinic ‘pretty unlikely’

The biggest question is the health clinic, which would be a new partnership with Piedmont Healthcare, featuring one doctor and four support staff. However, Dickson said, there is uncertainty on whether such a clinic would be open to the general public and what its zoning impacts would be. He called it “a discussion only at this point” and in one moment referred to it as “pretty unlikely.” Collins and Dickson said that Parc may seek pre-approval for the clinic and, if it turns out to be feasible, build it later by converting three of the residential units. Dickson emphasized that it is still early in the process. The plan requires approvals for rezoning, a use permit and probably zoning variances. He estimated demolition of the church complex would take 10 days and construction of the new building about 16 months, with an opening early next year if they move “aggressively.” Parc intends to file those requests next month, which would be followed by another community meeting and hearings before the Sandy Springs Planning Commission and City Council.

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Behind the City Springs construction budget, a new method at work BY JOHN RUCH

The massive City Springs project has been under construction for months—but the final blueprints were just handed over on Jan. 25. The city of Sandy Springs has paid the contractor millions of dollars— but the project’s budget won’t be set until later this month. This construction method, known in industry jargon as “CM [construction manager] at risk,” can sound strange to laypeople. In fact, last fall it confused the City Council enough that members briefly balked on funding further construction. But it’s actually a popular new method that signs or cuts in quality. “And on a project of can save time and money, according to Enthis [City Springs] size, that process lasts a nis Parker, a Georgia Tech School of Archilong time,” Parker added. “It can take a year tecture professor. or more to get all the way through the proParker teaches Georgia Tech students gramming…and you will have spent milabout alternative construction methods lions and millions of dollars.” and was hired by Sandy Springs as a conLong delays and skyrocketing budgets sultant to explain “CM at risk” to city offion major projects have sparked alternative cials and oversee the City Springs project. construction and bidding methods. “CM In a recent interview, Parker explained why at risk” is among the most popular, Parker CM at risk is popular and how it works. said. About 15 years ago, he said, the Geor“Most of the major buildings done in Atgia Legislature approved “CM at risk” as a lanta are being done this way,” Parker said. construction method for all state and muAmong them: the new Falcons football stanicipal public works projects. dium downtown and the State Farm re“In a nutshell, the difference is ‘CM at gional headquarters in Dunwoody, both of risk’ is a collaborawhich are being built tive process,” Parker by Holder Construcsaid. “It avoids a lot of tion, the City Springs the risks that are ascontractor. sociated with the old But Parker admits method…[and speeds that “CM at risk” is a the project with] confusing concept to overlap of the design many. “It took a little and construction.” explaining to the city The big difference because they weren’t is the construction used to this process,” contractor is hired he said of the prepaearly on and works rations for the City alongside the archiSprings project on tect, rather than winRoswell Road. ning a bid at the end The traditional of the design proconstruction method A concept for the bar/dining area cess. “They become is known in the trade of the performing arts center. a member of the as “design-bid-build.” team,” Parker said. In that method, a That means an property owner hires an architect, who estimated budget is produced much earliproduces blueprints. Then the owner puts er and is more likely to be realistic, he said. the design out for competitive bids from While surprises can still happen, they are contractors. The lowest-bidding contractor likely to be smaller and easier to absorb is typically awarded the project, then prothrough the constantly tweaked design duces an estimated budget and constructs process, he said. the building. That’s why the city has been confident “Everybody understands that process… in saying that City Springs will cost no but it has some problems,” Parker said. more than $220 million even though the fi“Essentially, the biggest problem is, you go nal budget is not set. But it’s also what conthrough that elaborate and linear design fused members of City Council, with a budprocess…and you don’t really know until get that showed both estimates and money you bid the job what it’s going to cost.” already spent mingled together. Especially when the construction marThe collaboration of architect and conket has volatile labor and material prictractor also makes for speed. “That allows es—as it does today—the costs can end up you, before the design is complete, to start much higher than expected from a lowconstruction,” Parker said. balled bid. That can result in major redeAt City Springs, that meant work on


Above, new design concepts for the performing arts center in the forthcoming City Springs project were revealed Jan. 26 during the Sandy Springs City Council’s annual retreat. The images, which are not final, show modernist interior decorating, some of it tree-inspired. A full public presentation of conceptual designs will be held Feb. 16, 4 p.m., at City Hall, 7840 Roswell Road. The design of the $220 million mixed-use project is nearing completion, and the facility is expected to open in late 2017.

the foundations could begin because of a general agreement between designers and builders, while interior designs and exterior decorations were still being drawn up. What’s the downside? “The main concern that you hear about this is some people think because you’re not hard-bidding it in a competitive environment, you aren’t getting the lowest price…and that’s probably true,” Parker said. But the savings in

time and avoided cost overruns mean it’s usually cheaper in the long run, he said. The “CM at risk” process is actually less financially risky for all parties and the name is a quirk of construction industry jargon, Parker said. “[Construction managers] are at risk in both methods and they are probably more at risk in the traditional method. And the owner always has the final risk,” he said.

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take place on weeknights from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., and on the weekends from 8 p.m. to 10 a.m. One travel lane will remain open at all times, except during bridge maintenance work, when all lanes in each direction will close and a detour will be in place. The project, conducted by Baldwin Paving Company, will convert the existing signalized ramp intersections to single lane roundabouts. Two lanes will feed into the roundabout, with one lane used to enter the roundabout and one lane used as a right-turn lane. The project also includes sidewalks on both sides of Riverside Drive. In December, GDOT gave different project schedule information that apparently was in error, including that work would continue into 2018.

Community Briefs LOCAL RESIDENTS NAMED TO STATE HOLOCAUST COMMISSION Several local residents and leaders were recently sworn in as members of the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust, an educational agency that operates the “Anne Frank in the World” exhibit in Sandy Springs. They include: Dr. Claire D’Agostino, City Councilman Andy Bauman, Sara Kogon, Rabbi Emeritus Philip Kranz of Temple Sinai and Atlanta Jewish Times publisher Michael Morris.


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On Our Borders Editor’s note: News knows few boundaries. Here are some of the local news stories breaking in neighboring communi�ies that may be of interest to Sandy Springs residents. Construction projects now underway in and around Chastain Park are giving new looks to several familiar features of the Buckhead park. The park’s playground reopens this month after a $2.5 million makeover by the Chastain Park Conservancy that expands the play area fourfold to 40,000 square feet. Most of the new playground equipment was expected to open for public use this month. A formal opening for the playground is scheduled for March. Meanwhile, separate projects in other parts of the park will expand the jogging path along Powers Ferry Road and add a roof over the Chastain Park pool intended to make it available for year-round swimming. The expanded playground adds new swings and three ground-level slides, a “tree house” play structure, a musical play area, bathrooms and picnic spaces, “We have a variety of modes of play,” said Rosa McHugh, executive director of the conservancy, as she visited the playground one recent afternoon. “We have places for imaginative play, musical play... You can be a daredevil if you want to.” McHugh says the renovated playground, located at the corner of West Wieuca Road and Dudley Lane, will provide a place where families from surrounding neighborhoods can come together. It is intended to create a place in the park where parents or grandparents can watch children “run around in a safe area” or where families can have picnics while the kids play. About 85,000 children live within five miles of the park, she said. “I think it will serve as an outdoor community center,” she said. “[It creates] a place that doesn’t exist now.” In Brookhaven, a new Pill Hill road extending the Perimeter Center Parkway “flyover bridge” to Johnson Ferry Road would aid traffic and is worth a full study, according to a report delivered last week to the Perimeter Center Improvement Districts, which will hold a community meeting on the plan in coming months. Meanwhile, PCIDs is close to securing a $4 million grant to build an already planned Pill Hill improvement that would make bicycle and pedestrian improvements to Peachtree-Dunwoody Road and Lake Hearn Drive, said Yvonne Williams, the PCIDs president and CEO. The work also would make room for a PATH400 multi-use trail extension through the intersection. Both projects aim to boost walkability, connectivity and “all the things to build an urban center,” Williams said.

The PCIDs flyover bridge over I-285 was completed in 2007 and is sometimes jokingly called the “bridge to nowhere” as it ends at Lake Hearn Drive. However, PCIDs long planned to make it a bridge to somewhere with a 2,000-foot road extending from the Lake Hearn Drive intersection to Johnson Ferry, running along the Sandy Springs-Brookhaven border on the eastern side of Emory Saint Joseph Hospital’s campus. The flyover bridge extension idea revived last year amid renewed Pill Hill traffic concerns related to plans for a large apartment development. PCIDs commissioned a preliminary feasibility study for $5,000 from Gresham, Smith and Partners, a firm that is also conducting an AshfordDunwoody Road improvement study for the city of Brookhaven. In Dunwoody, new efforts to save the Brook Run Theater are heating debate among city officials and residents. Some residents want the city to help foot the bill to renovate and repair what they say is a historic building that could be converted to a local, modern theater and community gathering spot. Others say the building is too far gone and no taxpayer money should be used to save it. “I suspect it would be a tough battle to fight because of how old the building is,” resident Steve Drange said. He and his wife, who live just a couple miles from the park, said they support the idea of refurbishing the building and love the idea of a community theater located in the park. “We like theater. We’re regular theatergoers. It would employ local actors and actresses,” she said. “This is a nice area. The development in the area has been great. I don’t know why there is such a controversy. I guess because of the millions it would take to fix it up.” The Brook Run Conservancy, which backs renovation of the theater, in January sent the Dunwoody City Council a feasibility study it had done to determine costs of renovating the building. That study estimates rehabilitating and equipping the theater would cost, on the low end, about $7.5 million, and on the high-end, approximately $18 million. Headed up by former councilman Danny Ross, the conservancy is seeking a partnership with the city to take on the theater renovation. The Conservancy’s study also states the renovation would cost significantly less than constructing a new theater, a price tag it puts at nearly $25 million, not including parking and the purchase of land. But Dunwoody City Engineer Kevin McComber told Dunwoody City Council last year it would cost close to $7 million to renovate the theater. He also did not recommend renovation, saying the facility needed to be completely gutted.

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‘Roswell Boulevard’ among Sandy Springs planning process’s big ideas Continued from page 1 is more mixed-use redevelopment and reducing car travel. But the consultant team, led by Rhodeside & Harwell, is adding some bigger proposals that would transform entire areas, such as routing some form of alternative public transit east-west through central Sandy Springs. And a much-discussed idea of a Sandy Springs monorail was talked about some more.

Some highlights include:

• Roswell Road becoming “Roswell Boulevard,” with its central “suicide lane” for turns converted into a tree-lined median on the northern stretch and a grass median on the southern leg. Large sidewalks or multi-use paths could line much of the street as well. • Possible trails following the city’s several east-west streams as connectors between green spaces, or as links to urban spaces and the Chattahoochee River. • Speaking of the Chattahoochee, pedestrian bridges to connect to its parkland in Cobb and Roswell


Residents talk with consultant Lee Sobel of RCLCO, left, about Sandy Springs’ market and demographics at the “Next Ten” workshop Jan. 27 at Sherwood Event Hall.

are another idea. • Peachtree-Dunwoody Road in Perimeter Center becoming a main boulevard, with a 50- to 75-foot right of way on the west side becoming either a massive green

Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul, left, discusses Perimeter Center plans at the “Next Ten” workshop. Paul said he wants feedback from the community regarding the planning process.

space with wide paths or a possible bus route. High Point resident Dan DiLuzio, who also works in Sandy Springs, said at the Jan. 27 workshop that his only concern with the plans so far is that some of it might not happen. “It really looks good. Everything is top-notch,” DiLuzio said. “I’m just afraid, when it comes down to the nitty-gritty, it’s [going to face] the ‘not in my backyard’ contingent.” Kristen Madison was trying to figure out what such changes might mean for her family business, the FASTSIGNS shop on the downtown stretch of Roswell Road.

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“I think it’s pretty ambitious,” Madison said, adding she likes the city’s focus on traffic and aesthetics. “We’re trying to determine if our business will be properly placed in a mixed-use environment….Now it’s like, ‘Where do I fit in?’” Transportation consultant Karina Ricks of Nelson\Nygaard had several ideas for unclogging the area’s traffic, largely geared toward increasing alternative modes, improving east-west connections, and adding circulator shuttles or buses to connect to MARTA. But she also had a public transit idea to spark some imaginations. She called for bringing back the Georgia Department of Transportation’s longstanding notion of some sort of public transit along the top end of I-285—but, instead of keeping it literally on the highway, routing it through Sandy Springs near

the City Springs redevelopment. “It may be easy to put it on the interstate…[but] the better move is to put it where people are living and working,” Ricks said at the Sandy Springs City Council retreat Jan. 26. What might that public transit be? Ricks presented images and simple cost estimates of many alternatives—from dangling gondolas and monorails to conventional trains and buses. Mayor Paul said Sandy Springs couldn’t afford to create something like that on its own, but could consider partnering with neighboring cities. “We can lead on getting other people to the table,” the mayor said. “You notice we start talking about a monorail and next thing you know, Brookhaven and Chamblee are talking.” The Next Ten process is only about halfway through its projected timeline, with plans for the Powers Ferry Landing and MARTA station areas yet to be presented, and the zoning code rewrite just beginning. Paul emphasized that community input remains key in this rough-draft phase. “I know what you’re thinking—‘The city’s already decided to do this,’” the mayor said, explaining that all of the ideas are still flexible. “This is just to get the thought processes going in the community…I see the wheels turning. We’ve succeeded in doing what we wanted to do—get you thinking.” Now it’s time for feedback, Paul said. For ways to give that feedback, see the planning process site at

◄ A “Next Ten” map showing various sub-neighborhoods along Roswell Road that could see redevelopment, especially as mixed-use “urban villages,” more walkable than today’s caroriented streetscape. For a larger version of these maps, visit

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Proposed master plan for city’s ‘Next Ten’ This map shows all of the major elements of the “Next Ten” planning so far, about halfway through the process. The map includes major mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented redevelopments along Roswell Road and in Perimeter Center; some new east-west public transit routes and an extension of MARTA’s Red Line; and “ecological corridors” that preserve streams and might serve as trails connecting the city’s green spaces. Some parts of the overall concept come from previous plans or ideas, such as eventually extending the PATH 400 multi-use trail all the way up the Ga. 400 corridor. A “signature” pedestrian bridge across the Chattahoochee River to Roswell is another idea revived in the concept as part of a “Riverside Village” redevelopment on the city’s north end. The general vision so far is a city with a more urban feel in its central areas, better east-west transportation options, and more connections to parkland both within the city and along the river.



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

ment of Regional Impact and get a massive transportation study, said John Walker of Kimley-Horn, the traffic consulting firm Five new Sandy Springs skyscrapers hired by the developer. could mean thousands of more cars on loOne resident of Mount Vernon Woods cal streets, raising concerns among about who works at the Arby’s fast-food compa45 residents and business owners who atny headquarters next door said most of her tended the first community meeting on coworkers do not use MARTA and that current traffic is already bad. “It’s a nightmare… God forbid if it rains or snows,” she said. “As soon as [the plan] hit the papers, everybody in the [Arby’s] building across the street started freaking out.” Bill Woulfin, CEO of Metabolic Testing Services, was among several of the existing building’s commercial JOHN RUCH tenants who expressed John Walker of Kimley-Horn explains traffic issues to concerns about the attendees, while project attorney Jessica Hill looks on, at plan. He said his busithe Jan. 20 community meeting about the 1117 Perimeter Center West redevelopment, held at the project site. ness has been there 13 years, and he learned Jan. 20 about the massive redevelopment at the meeting of the developers’ intent to of 1117 Perimeter Center West. turn the first two floors into retail or serRepresentatives of the developers— vice businesses only, meaning he would be identified as Hong Property Trust of Sydmoved elsewhere. ney, Australia—said the mixed-use nature “That’s the first we heard of it,” Woulfin of the project could reduce its effect on trafsaid, adding he is concerned about traffic fic. And a direct connection to the Sandy and parking impacts on his patients. Springs MARTA station, which sits under “We want to make sure tenants stay part of the site, is a potential traffic mitigahere,” Forrest said during the meeting. tion, project attorney Jessica Hill said. “We’re very cognizant of that.” “The idea is that it’s live, work and play, The mixed-use concept includes streetand you never have to leave,” said Rob Forlevel retail in the towers along Mount Verrest, the real estate professional who’s repnon Highway, as well as a “retail alley” resenting Hong Property in the deal. facing a semicircular path between the exBut the sheer scale of the project and isting hexagonal building and the new towsome of its preliminary numbers still worers. ried residents, especially with other maThe existing building will get a “signifijor redevelopments coming nearby, such cant facelift” that is already underway, Foras the planned headquarters for Mercedesrest said. That includes cutting three new Benz USA in Sandy Springs and the new entrances into its central courtyard. That building to house State Farm in Dunwoody. courtyard is current private, but will be The 1117 Perimeter Center West plan opened to the public and possibly host concalls for about 1,600 residential units in certs or performances, Forrest said. three towers; about 1.5 million square feet He said that Hong Property wanted to of offices in two towers; and about 200,000 keep the hexagonal building because of its square feet of new retail and restaurant unusual design and potential as an attracspace. The towers could stand 20 to 29 stotive retail and restaurant spot. ries tall. That’s in addition to the hexagonal Because the meeting, held at the existoffice building currently on the 13.5-acre ing Perimeter Center West office building, site, which would remain with modificawas a preliminary review required before tions. filing actual plans, few other details were About 5,200 new parking spaces would available. Hill said the filing should hapbe created in a new deck, compared with pen in February, with the DRI and Sandy 1,300 on the site now, Hill said. Some parkSprings city zoning reviews running into ing might need to go off-site during conthe fall. struction, Hill said, though it’s early for The developers will seek rezoning from such details. office to mixed-use and anticipate variThe proposed MARTA connection ances for excessive height and less parkwould be through an existing emergency ing that is usually required because of the exit tunnel, Hill said. proximity to MARTA. The project will be deemed a


Above and right, updated design illustrations of the skyscrapers and new retail and restaurant space proposed for 1117 Perimeter Center West.

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

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Himitsu means “secret” and seats about 80 people.

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


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

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Above, back row, from left, PAGE Foundation President John Varner, coach John Donegan, Ashley Veazey, Sam Grant, Carson Ankeny, Logan Durisch, Ethan Shi and PAGE Foundation Trustee Charles Richardson. Front row, from left, co-captain Nevin Aresh, Shanru Xu, co-captain Foster Cowan and Gunter Schroeder. Right, the participants get a hand on their trophy.

Welcome to the new chairman Above, Teresa Finley, senior vice president of global marketing at United Parcel Service, delivers the keynote speech at the Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce annual luncheon on Jan. 21. Below, Lever Stewart, left, is the new chairman of the Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce, succeeding Chris Burnett, right.

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Police Blotter / Sandy Springs From Sandy Springs police reports recorded Jan. 22 through Jan. 27 The following information was provided by Capt. Steve Rose of the Sandy Springs Police Department from its records and is presumed to be accurate.

BURGLARY  900 block of Woodcliff Drive – Some-

one entered a condo, without forced entry, and took several items including an iPad, Beats headphones and Nike shoes.  4900 block of Peachtree Dunwoody

Road – A basement door was forced open to this home sometime around 6 p.m. The resident was at home. Appar-

ently, nothing was taken. The resident said she heard a sound and when she went to check it, found the open door, which was normally closed and locked. The suspect apparently fled just after entry.  6000 block of

ment door was forced open. A TV and Xbox system are gone.  1000 block of Hammond Drive – The


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block of Kingsport Drive – A caller told police he was chasing a burglar in the Northwoods Drive area after the man took his TV and other items. The victim said he returned home to find two young males leaving his apartment, one whose name he knew as Christian. He chased them, but they managed to elude him.

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complainant said she noticed two males who kept going in and out of the condo’s community clubhouse during the afternoon. He said they walked from there headed to the overpass on Roberts Road over Ga. 400. The complainant went into the clubhouse and found damaged furniture, snacks that were consumed and trash lying about. It appeared they broke a gate leading to the clubhouse and apparently used plastic bottles as temporary marijuana pipes. The two were described as 14-year-old to 17-year-old males, one with a gray hoodie.  6400 block of Roswell Road – A paint

company building was entered by smashing the glass on a side door. A small amount of cash was stolen from a file cabinet.  7100 block of Brandon Mill Drive –

The resident said someone forced entry to the home through the carport door, leaving a crowbar on the floor inside. Several items were taken.

THEFTS  1100 block of Perimeter Center West –

A man reported that someone stole his laptop from his work desk. The area is under construction with several people passing through frequently.

 2000 block of Dunwoody Club Drive –

A grocery store reported that two women came in, stole a gift card and used it later to purchase other cards. They left in a 2003 Infinity. Suspects are describerd as short, 30s, one thin, one stocky. 8700 block of Roswell Road – A grocery store reported a man and woman came in and stole items including Rogaine, total value over $300. They were both detained. The female was wanted in Atlanta for shoplifting and possession of stolen property. She was arrested with a transfer request to Atlanta. He was given a citation to appear. 

 Riverhill Drive – A man reported that

someone stole his gun. He did not see this happen but said they may have somehow obtained a key. He said someone has been harassing him since 2008, a boyfriend of a friend of the victim. He said the friend also has another friend who is gay and obsessed with him.  5200 block of Roswell Road – A man,

described as older and about 6-foot 4-inches tall, broke the door off a Caterpillar loader and used it to load a welding machine as well as other items. A witness who saw him said he thought the man was a worker.  5000 block of Long Island Drive – The

complainant said two AC units were stolen from an occupied home.  1800 block of Treelodge Parkway –

A 41-year-old woman said she was taking a bath at which time her live-in boyfriend stole her car. Apparently he took the car because she had a weight bench belonging to him.  1100 block of Mount Vernon High-

way – A sports equipment company’s employees reported that a male and female entered the store. The male entered, but stopped and then left. The woman went back to the Nike section and tried on items. She came back to the front and asked the cashier employees if they saw a man. They replied yes, and he had just stepped outside. She returned to the Nike section but soon was seen running toward the front door with stolen clothing bundled under her arm. She left and got into a car with the man who had originally walked in with her. The man was 30-35 years old, 190-200 pounds, about 5-foot 10-inches,

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and bald, driving a 2012 Mazda or Acura. The female was about 30-35 years old, 5-foot 6-inches, a bit on the heavy side at 225-245 pounds, with shoulderlength brown hair, heavy gray coat and black leggings. She had a bruise on her face close to her bottom lip.  A woman reported her son lost his

iPhone at a bar in Buckhead. Later, she was contacted by someone calling himself Michael Rollins, who said he would return it for $65 plus shipping cost. She wired $100 via Western Union. He then quit calling and eventually disconnected the phone.

THEFTS FROM VEHICLES  Nine vehicles reported items stolen

from them between Jan. 22-Jan. 27.

OTHER  5600 block of Roswell Road – At a

game shop, there was an attempted snatch robbery. A female tried to steal over $1,200 in items, got into a tug of war with an employee, fled, got into a white Charger and left.  8700 block of Roswell Road – Arrest

of 15-year-old burglary suspect.  Spring Creek Lane – Four arrested for

a May home invasion.  6600 block of Roswell Road – An an-

gry customer at a bank said she was going to shoot the employees. Detectives are investigating.

SCAM  5900 block of Roswell Road – A wom-

an reported she was getting in her car when she was approached by a female who was crying and saying she was looking for a lawyer’s office. During that time, another female, much older, came up and asked what was happening. The young female then tells all that she won $400,000 thanks to the Georgia Lottery. The older woman looks at the “winning ticket,” and calls the law office number to speak with a representative who tells her the lawyers need $15,000 to claim the winnings. (What?) The older woman said she would help her raise the money so they could leave the lawyers out of it. The victim also agreed to help her. (Don’t do it!)  5800 block of Roswell Road – The vic-

tim withdrew $9,500 from her bank. The older woman said she had to go home to get the money. The older woman told the victim to wait for her. The older woman returned with what looked like jewelry and $2,000 cash. They drove back to the 5900 block of Roswell Road. The older woman said she needed to get paperwork from inside. The younger woman now complained of a headache and the victim left momentarily to get her something for the headache—after handing the

$9,500 to the older woman. When she got back, well...all gone. (Insert lecture here).



 How did this not scream fraud and


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scam to you? A version of the old fashion Pigeon Drop found money scam. Go back and read it and look at where you should have started to say, “This doesn’t pass the smell test.” She even lost her cellphone in the deal.

Property Location:

6555 Roswell Road

Present Zoning:

C-1 (Community Business District) & R-3 (Single Family Dwelling District)


Request to rezone from C-1 and R-3 to TR for construction of thirty-one (31) townhomes.

Public Hearings:

Planning Commission February 18, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Mayor and City Council March 15, 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

ARRESTS  5700 block of Roswell Road – Cops

were called around midnight to a gas station on a person being disorderly. They located the man nearby who had been inside the store being disruptive. One officer found him down the street, and when interviewing him, the man kept repeating “What the f---k do you want?” Store video showed him inside and being disruptive so he was arrested.  7500 block of Roswell Road – Securi-

ty officers at a grocery store watched as a woman took over $100 in steaks and Fixodent, I’m guessing to prepare those dentures for those juicy steaks, and put them in her purse. She was detained and police called. A male who was with her at the time fled. She said she knows the man only as Antwan. She was arrested.  Cops were called to Lexington Place

following a previous report of illegal entry and vandalism. The officers found a male and female, both 15 years old, inside the clubhouse and having sex. The officers could not enter the clubhouse due to the entrance being locked. The pair dressed and then fled the location, but were rounded up a short time later. The male was a listed runaway from Atlanta Police Department. They were returned to their parents with a court date pending.


7840 Roswell Road Suite 301 770-551-6900 If NOT Claimed by 3-3-16, the items will be disposed of per Georgia Law O.C.G.A. 17-5-54 Proof of ownership must be provided on items being claimed.

CASE NUMBER 2015-004480 2010-008570 2014-015787 2013-010383 2014-000038 2012-009935 2014-016349 2015-005818 2015-006344 2015-007693 2015-007884 2015-007726 2015-006983 2015-007153 2015-007185 2014-016571 2014-015083 2012-004697 2009-003008 2014-016846

DATE FOUND 4/15/2015 7/1/2010 12/1/2014 8/13/2013 1/1/2014 8/2/2012 6/26/2010 5/13/2015 5/26/2015 6/25/2015 6/29/2015 6/26/2015 6/9/2015 6/12/2015 6/13/2015 12/18/2014 11/17/2014 4/15/2012 3/8/2009 12/25/2014

DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY Walther P99 handgun Royce Union Bicycle Black Bicycle Schwinn Bicycle Huffy Bicycle Huffy Bicycle, Mongoose Bicycle Timex Watch Luggage with Clothing Brown Leather Bag with Clothing Fuji Sandblaster Bicycle Vintage Evidence Collection Kit Nike Gym Bag Brown Purse 9mm Magazine Dell Laptop , Cellphone Magliner Hand Truck Gray Purse, Earings, Black Wallet Schwinn Bicycle-Black /Silver Pink Huffy Bicycle, Scooter, Cargo Net Specialized Bicycle


 600 block of River Valley Drive –

The owner of the home left to go nearby but had his new camera system on. He received an alert on his smartphone showing a live feed of a burglar in his home. He notified police who responded while the guy was still in the home. He fled through a basement window but ran into one of the officers covering the back, so he jumped a fence, then ran through several yards. Other officers set up a perimeter and began looking. Another officer located the man, out of breath, hiding in some bushes on Riverwood Drive. He was taken into custody. Burglary items were recovered linking him to an earlier burglary on Kingsport Drive.

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BY DYANA dyanabagby@report would Run Theater Renovating Brook and fit ately $7.5 million cost approxim y’s comcrowd city of Dunwood BY DYANA BAGBY Familiar sights easily into the a new feasiBY JOHN RUCH at the Atlanaccording to dyanabagby@report the new exhibit prehensive plan, johnruch@reporterne Georgia The Brook Run Center. ta History bility study from Wreck holds Eugenia Calloway Tech’s Ramblin’ vancy. that we flipped through A hole in the ady pages of the 1968 to let you know sidewalk near the pleased am center stage. A billboard-re one “I Cross Keys High a Dunkin’ y has a Donuts at 6060 in yearbook, glancing School that Dunwood Roswell Road marks where Chick-fil-A cow protests are now certain over the photograp a fire hydrant there is sigof many white was knocked away, a Varhs facility and that down by a vefaces. But in corner. A few feet ty for need for this hicle nearly a the back of the yearbook year ago and in the communi hangs from a she found first remains misssity car-hop’s tray nificant support ing. And for the President the boys’ basValiant. ketball team Conservancy last four months and then the need,” states door of a ’63 Plymouth counthat of 2015, if the fi to refighters had girls’ items basketball the team. a Jan. 15 letter needed water It’s no surprise that to battle a Danny Ross in blaze there, they museum show “That’s me,” would have found she said, pointing in this particular cil. hydrant across theater at a fire new of a part all smiling to the street gone the girl at the far The cost to construct cost $24.5 milas well. seem familiar. They’re Such long repair right in the varsity team chosen to repgirls’ size would times and uncertain photo. One other Atlanta. Each was about the same inspections for of states. black feature was study the girl on city’s the far left; all 4,000 public PHIL MOSIER resent some important lion, the feasibility private fire hydrants feasibility the players and and PHOTOS BY coaches in between cy sent its curators say. the breaks are an ongoing The conservan the city, the exhibit’s were white. Anjanice Cutno cern for Sandy conmembers recently in 50 Obbasketball player court during a varsity Springs “That’s Council “Atlanta School City when fi re to High officials. Fire I had the most The exhibit, study Rescue Chief come up at the down her home on Jan. 15. fun, when At left, Dunwoody I was playing Keith Sanders Jan. 16 and is is expected to pack as she heads Lady Wolverines basketball,” she is now gearjects,” which opened and the issue ing up a tighter, away from the Grove High School said. July 10, is more accountab Calloway was 25 meeting. against the Miller Jan. game be on display through one to le council’s tion system. inspecof 17 students Nash talks Jamie Chatman, that there is support own way, Step one: bringing integrated Cross who Coach Angela one of the “Lynwood intended to show, in its While Ross argues Keys High School he may hydrant inspections in-house who integrated Above, Lady Wildcats with her players. Integrators,” ly 50 years ago, nearAtlanta. Cross Keys High g Brook Run Theater, attends instead of using Atlanta over strategy a Rev. Martin School nearly part of that what makes by graduates for renovatin council. vate contracto pri50 years ago. is the King Jr. Day first group of Lynwood High of black students thing Luther battle from the rs, as the The Jan. top, 62-37, and dinner and my favorite School, Cross “I think program, held to attend an still face an uphill came out on PHIL MOSIER has done since city 22 Keys High School 18 curator are 8-9 at Lynwood Park celebration honoring the all-white school in DeKalb The Lady Wolverines its ,” guest and Chamblee Continued on page 17 students The Lady Wildcats Recreation Center, County and now Charter High King manuscript 15.► a 12- 8 record. founding. page have on featured beSchool. currently as the “Lynwood known comments See additional on the day additional photos photos on page Integrators.” Amy Wilson said this season. See “The 13. 13.► 2016 as she and Tillie O’Neal-Kyle PHIL MOSIER s, founder of fore the show opened, inspections Every Woman named the city’s Continued on page Works, a nonprofi exhibitions direc2016 Humanitar Kings Day or 12 History Center will be done t that during the Three ian of the Year, at the 10th annual helps achieve financial 15. made last-minute prepares for a performance photos on page 15.► Reporter Rooney independence, Rev. Martin Luther tor Dan by the SanNewspapers pointAztec Dance Group, See additional firm, personal growth PHIL MOSIER King Jr. Day celebration member of the Danza Atlanta History Center on Jan. 10. and family leadership, market research exhibit. Sheis working with a new Atlanta-ba to the sed Ana Avilez, 14, a tweaks dy Springs at City Hall on festival at the mobile market 1Q, to survey was with a new mobile a series Jan. 18. 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