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City to buy auto repair shop for Cultural Center

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After the pandemic closures, the restaurant Under the Cork Tree in the Prado shopping center transformed into the Solidarity Food Pantry, offering food and personal staples to people in need -- including restaurant workers. See story and photos, p. 2-3. ►

Council seeks refinancing of City Springs bonds to save millions BY WILL WOOLEVER The City Council is seeking to refinance the bonds on its City Springs civic center to save taxpayers millions of dollars — if the volatile market of the pandemic period will cooperate. In 2015, the council and the Public Facilities Authority, the city’s property ownership

organ, issued roughly $159 million in bonds for City Springs, which opened in 2018. Now, with an April 21 vote, the council will allow its financial advisors to seek refinancing of the bonds to lock in a lower interest rate for city taxpayers. “Our recommendation is to basically refinance the bonds to a point where there are See COUNCIL on page 9

The City Council has approved a $1.8 million purchase of an auto repair business with the intention of building a Cultural Center that may include a state Holocaust memorial and offices for various organizations. The approval was made at an April 7 teleconference council meeting, with one council member voting against the purchase because of the price. “Everybody in town has seen the city with deep pockets and has been trying to get better prices out of us,” City Councilmember Tibby DeJulio said. “And our taxpayers are paying the bill.” The city has previously said the Cultural Center would serve as a new home for the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust’s “Anne Frank in the World” exhibit (which is currently housed in a Roswell Road shopping center); the commission’s office and possibly a new Holocaust memorial mandated by state legislation. It has also been said the center would lease office space to the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce and Visit Sandy Springs, the city’s tourism promotion agency, which would run a visitors center. The property approved for purchase at the April 7 meeting at 151 Hilderbrand Drive is currently a BMW auto repair business called Buckhead Motor Works, owned by Lawrence Burdett, who could not be reached for comment. The property consists See CITY on page 17


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When pandemic closures shuttered the restaurant Under the Cork Tree in the Prado shopping center at 5600 Roswell Road, volunteers transformed it into the Solidarity Food Pantry. Created by Sandy Springs residents in collaboration with Brookhaven’s Barnes Young Team real estate brokers, the pantry began providing food and personal items to those in need on March 27. The dining room became a collection area and the bar became the food pantry. “We go through over 250 pounds of rice and beans each day,” said Erin Oliver, one of the volunteer organizers. “We set up the restaurant like a market to give our customers a comfortable place to pick up supplies and food, which everyone deserves.” By April 27, the state allowed dine-in restaurants to reopen, but owner Jason Sheetz said he preferred the food pantry stay in business at press time. For more information, see solidaritysandysprings.com. PHOTOS BY PHIL MOSIER

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Top: Volunteer Erin Oliver, left, helps a customer. Above, Ronda Smith, president of the Sandy Springs Council of Neighborhoods, delivers baked goods donated by City Bagel & Cafe on April 18. Smith said the bakery at 334 Sandy Springs Circle had donated more than 1,200 pounds of goods to the pantry by that time.


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National Guard soldiers help CAC distribute food as pandemic demand soars BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

As the Community Assistance Center faces ever-growing demand for food in the pandemic shutdown crisis, it’s getting some reinforcements: Georgia National Guard soldiers. The soldiers from the Guard’s 1177th Transportation Unit, based in LaGrange, are working three days a week stocking and packing items in the CAC’s food pantry at 8607 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. Part of a statewide pandemic deployment ordered by Gov. Brian Kemp to help nonprofits and senior care facilities, the soldiers came to the CAC via the Atlanta Community Food Bank. “That is exciting,” said Tamara Carrera, executive director of the nonprofit, which serves people in need in Dunwoody, Sandy Springs and part of Doraville. The soldiers, who arrived for duty April 8, “are pretty happy with what they’re doing. It’s hard work but it’s not dangerous work… And it makes them feel good,” she said. And the CAC needs the help. “Each week since the COVID-19 shutdown occurred, the number of families seeking food assistance goes up,” said CAC spokesperson Kristen Ristino. “We are now giving food to more than 500 households a week in three days a week of distribution.” That includes 100 households in two se-

people out here.” The pandemic shutdowns forced the CAC to make rapid and major shifts in the way it operates while keeping up with the skyrocketing needs as residents were pushed out of work. Client in-take had to go virtual. The food pantry scaled back to three days a week and now operates as a takeout with pre-packed groceries. At one point, the SPECIAL CAC was running out of Posing outside the Community Assistance Center food pantry in food staples. Sandy Springs are, from left, Georgia National Guard soldiers Spc. Carrera said the sitBethany Smith, Spc. Anthony Smith, Sgt. DeAnna Dorsey, Sgt. Jarell Thomas, Spc. Arantza Bueno and Pfc. Traquavius Johnson. uation has stabilized, in part due to other organizations offering food nior residential buildings in Sandy Springs: elsewhere in Sandy Springs, including a Hellenic Tower on Roswell Road and SterFulton County Schools distribution at Lake ling Place on Allen Road. The CAC used to Forest Elementary and temporary food offer a shuttle to take residents from those pantries set up at local restaurants. buildings to the market-style food pantry, “It’s not the best,” said Carrera, but it’s but is now delivering during the pandemic. working and “people in general are not “They help us a whole lot,” said Michele falling through the cracks” unless they are Epps, a Sterling Place resident and roughly completely unaware that nonprofit assisseven-year CAC client who gets weekly grotance is available. As of the first week of ceries as well as fruits and vegetables from April, the CAC had three clients who had the new delivery system. “It’s very convetested positive for COVID-19, Carrera said, nient for us. … They’re trying to help the but they had not visited any of the nonprof-

it’s facilities and there were no problems with getting them assistance. Switching volunteers to virtual programs is shaking out as well, Carrera said. “We had to teach them some new tricks that they didn’t know. But they really raised up to the challenge and they’re working well,” she said. That includes work on the rent assistance program, where the CAC says there has been a 400% increase in calls for help. Carrera said that most local landlords have been open to deals on deferring rent and waiving late fees. “I can’t say 100% of the apartments are cooperative, but a number of them are,” she said. The issue now is running the system to meet the need, Carrera said. “Our challenge is the demand. The demand is huge,” she said. “There are people calling us from all over the city, not just this area.” Even the National Guard reinforcements are not enough, said Ristino, and the CAC is bringing in more volunteers at the pantry. The group Sandy Springs Together and the Couchman Noble Foundation are offering matching funds for donations made to the CAC through their website at sandyspringstogether.org. For more about the CAC and its programs, see ourcac.org.

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Businesses ride the closing and reopening roller coaster BY JOHN RUCH

Shop, who has been cutting hair in Dunwoody for 42 years, 10 of them in the current 5064 Nandina Lane location. He and The coronavirus pandemic has been a barber Ron Whitehead served a slate of 20 roller coaster of rough decisions for many customers on the busy day, including 32local businesses, whose owners went from year client Jeff Raasch, who was getting facing shutdown orders in mid-March to that trim. figuring out whether and how to reopen in In accordance with new state safety late April. rules and suggestions, Smith wore a face Gov. Brian Kemp issued a surprise order mask while working, and served only one allowing the reopening on April 24 or 27 of customer at a time. The shop exceeded at certain businesses that had been shuttered least of the state suggestions; instead of due to close-quarters service and the likelispacing customers 6 feet apart in the waithood of COVID-19 transmission in them. At ing area, they took a number at the door press time, his statewide shelter-in-place orand were allowed in only one at a time afder was set to expire April 30, and bars and ter getting a call. The shop skipped some nightclubs remained closed. other suggestions, including that customKemp’s order was intensely controverers also wear masks and that barbers wear sial, seen by many medical experts -- ingloves and face shields. cluding the White House advisors -- as Plenty of customers were eager to show premature and dangerous, and by some up for a cut or trim. Among was Raasch, PHIL MOSIER owners and customers as a reasonable rewho said he simply needed a haircut. Ernie Smith, owner of Ernie’s Barber Shop in Dunwoody Village, gives a turn to economic life. Some local businessRaasch said he was used to the world trim to 32-year customer Jeff Raasch on April 24, the first day the business es allowed to reopen ventured into the new he grew up in during the 1960s and ’70s, was allowed to reopen under Gov. Brian Kemp’s controversial order. world of pandemic business, while many when workers stayed home when they others remained closed pending more testwere sick and others covered for them. He ing. said the pandemic disruption has been a “bizarre experience” and that “you can’t always live your life in fear of what might happen or nothing will be accomplished.” A barber returns to work He said he felt safe with Smith’s measures and suggested the pandemic can be defeated Ernie Smith expertly clipped a customer’s bangs on the afternoon of April 24, a month afwith good manners. ter coronavirus pandemic closure orders cut into his Dunwoody Village business. “I am very thankful for our loyal clientele,” said Smith, the owner of Ernie’s Barber Continued on page 6 johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

Doing ‘essential’ business is essentially challenging BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

The shelter-in-place orders that had Georgia residents holing up through at least April 30 also gave them plenty of opportunities to patronize shops for food, booze, medicine and other “essential” services. But for workers and owners in pandemic conditions, doing “essential” business was essentially challenging. From pharmacies to construction sites, from pizza shops to liquor stores, businesses are forced to find new ways of doing nearly everything. Some deal with a crush of new customers; others face the disappearance of regulars. Workers aim to cut the coronavirus risk through precautions — or may be too scared to work at all. Legal verbiage like “essential,” “critical” or “minimum basic operations” doesn’t make any of them immune from the pandemic’s impact on every facet of life. The following are how some local businesses are dealing with it.

The pizza place

The ban on dine-in restaurant business

forced many to scramble to convert to takeout service. The local pizza place has the advantage of already being built around takeout and delivery. But it’s not immune from the economic ravages. Napoli New York Pizza Italian Kitchen & Catering operates at 276 Hammond Drive in Sandy Springs, along the oncebusy Roswell Road spine of the city. “We’re struggling like everybody else who managed to stay open, I assume, just because daytime — you see what rush hour is like now,” says owner Kenan Atli. “… It’s a ghost town… Rush hour, you can just, like, dance around in the middle of Roswell Road.” Nights used to be the slow time for Napoli, but now that home-delivery business is what the shop relies on, said Atli. “Obviously, we’ve lost all of our catering business,” he added. But the shop remains fully staffed — only now with the table server running the cash register and the delivery driver wearing a mask and gloves. “I just took this place over a few months ago,” said Atli. But the business itself is one

Top, a Choate Construction publicity image of work on the Hyatt House hotel on Peachtree-Dunwoody Road in the Medical Center area of Sandy Springs.

of those that has been there seemingly forever — Atli says the cook has worked there since 2000 and the pizza oven has been blazing since 1972. “We’re still around,” he said. “We’re still opening the doors, making sure the employees get paid.

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Businesses ride the closing and reopening roller coaster Continued from page 5 “It’s [a] simple, common-sense approach to the situation!” said Raasch. “As I read once in a book written by Robert Fulghum, everything we need to know in life we first learned in kindergarten. Just be nice to each other! Respect one another! Play fair! Put things back where you found them! Wash your hands before you eat! Clean up your own mess! And most importantly, when we go out into the world, or even just cross the street, make sure we stick together and look out for each other!” Another reopening day customer was Terry Nall, a former member of the City Council and recently an unsuccessful candidate for mayor. Nall said in a text message that he felt “very safe. Ernie and Ron went beyond the guidelines by allowing inside only the current customer in the chair. They have enough waiting area to social distance, too, but opted to be stricter about the distancing.” Nall said he wasn’t a fan of the shutdowns in the first place. “I’m a ‘guardrails and guidelines’ leader instead of [a supporter of] outright closures,” said Nall. “The ‘guardrails and guidelines’ approach is much more rational, proportional and unemotional than responding with government closures. Business owners then have the choice of complying or closing and provid[ing] safe options for customers to achieve the same result of ‘flattening the curve.’ Government does a terrible job of picking winners and losers via closure orders.”

Restaurants wait

Battle & Brew, a gaming restaurant in Sandy Springs, and NFA Burger, a new restaurant in Dunwoody, are surely eager to get back in normal business while they eke through the pandemic on takeout service. So is Jason Sheetz, owner of the Sandy Springs restaurants Hammocks Trading Company and Under the Cork Tree as well as the Woodstock steakhouse Prime 120. But all are skeptical about Kemp’s timetable. Battle & Brew co-owner Soel Tran said management is still discussing the reopening possibility internally, but expressed safety and financial concerns. “While we would love to reopen fully to the public and hang out with all of our geek and gaming friends again, we have serious reservations on the feasibility/safety of the restrictions being lifted so soon,” said Tran in an email. And social distancing rules don’t fit with the gaming-oriented business model, meaning Battle & Brew could be in a “death limbo spot” if it reopened with full expenses but only a limited ability to make money. “It feels like a really dangerous gamble right now for people and businesses alike,” Tran said. NFA Burger owner Billy Kramer said he isn’t changing his pandemic mode of operations “until I feel it is safe for me, my family and staff. “I just got off the phone with a doctor who has spent the last month on the front lines and asked him the following ques-

tion: ‘Will you take your family out for dinner next week?’ His answer was an emphatic no,” Kramer added. “If a business or restaurant wants to reopen or expand their current operations, I have nothing against them and hope for the best,” said Kramer. “However, my family and I won’t be participating.” Sheetz says he closed his Sandy Springs restaurants on March 14 for safety reasons and isn’t sure how to rethink that plan be-

downs. Sheetz said that is the last business he would plan to reopen. “It’s almost more important for us to kind of finish the good work that the food pantry’s doing before we replace it with a business,” he said. “…A week or two’s not going to make the difference to us at this point. A week or two keeping the food pantry open will make a big difference to a lot of people.” Sheetz sounded a note of hope about figuring a way out of the shutdowns. “I think it’s as controversial a topic as exists. It’s beyond Republican and Democrat,” he said. “It’s just, do you open or do you not open? Is it safety or is it a business? Is it the economy or is it health? And it’s both. It’s everything. And just because we don’t have the answer right now doesn’t mean we won’t figure it out.”

Bowling and movies

Local operators of bowling alleys and a movie theater weren’t ready to reopen immediately, either. Brandt Gully, owner of the independent The SPECIAL Springs Cinema & Taphouse Justin Amick at the Painted Pin. theater in Sandy Springs, said he was “just kind of stunned and not fore Kemp issues specific rules. sure what to make of it” and that “it doesn’t “We certainly aren’t going to barrel forfeel right” to reopen. It also doesn’t make ward in trying to have all guns blazing by sense in the most basic way, Gully said: that time because, you know, we just won’t “One of the issues, and it’s not the main isbe ready,” Sheetz said in a phone interview. sue, but we don’t have content. There are “…It’s the safety of the employees and the no new movies.” guests. … We want to make sure that everyJustin Amick, president and CEO of the one is protected from everybody. And those company that operates Buckhead’s Painted rules are just very unclear. They haven’t Pin and the Westside’s Painted Duck highbeen stated.” end bowling parlors, also expressed sur“Are we going to fill up the dining room? prise and concern. “Although I couldn’t be Absolutely not,” he added. “Are there a few happier to have bowling solidified as one people who are going to want to come out of life’s most essential needs, I’m surprised and get out, yes. Is it the smart thing to do? by the accelerated timeline to be able to reI don’t know.” open our doors to the public,” he said. Even if safety was worked out, Sheetz Justin Amick elaborated on the consaid, the finances of running a restaurant cerns in a joint statement with his father still have to work. He noted that dining-in Bob Amick, owner of the Concentric Resbusinesses have a wide range of models, taurants group, which includes TWO Urfrom fast food to high-end, and require cerban Licks, Bully Boy and Parish. tain volumes of customers to pay the bills. “We are scared to death about the new Pandemic rules could affect that and take norms, strict limitations and guidelines long planning from restaurant owners. that will make it impossible to be financialThe sudden prevalence of takeout and ly viable,” the Amicks said. “A rushed redelivery is a new part of the financial equaopening could be the nail in the coffin for tion. “I know some restaurants that have many companies. We won’t risk the safety done real well with takeout. I know others of our staff, families and patrons, as their who think it’s a waste of time,” he said. well-being is of the utmost importance.” Sheetz said that, ironically, he and his “It honestly — it really puts us in a partners intended to reopen Hammocks tough position,” said Gully, the theater for takeout service as soon as this weekend owner, about Kemp’s announcement. “I’m after weeks of planning how to reconfigsure there’s intent there for the governure the business. “Now we’re pumping the ment to throw us a lifeline here and allow brakes on that, going, ‘Hold on,’” he said. us to reopen. But truthfully, I don’t really Sheetz’s other Sandy Springs restaulike the position I’m in. I closed before I was rant, Under the Cork Tree, has been entirerequired to close for the same reason I likely converted into the temporary Solidarity ly won’t open when I’m allowed to open.” Food Pantry, especially to serve restaurant “Obviously, I have some significant conworkers who lost their jobs in the shut-

cern over opening, and I think for certain we wouldn’t be opening on Monday,” said Gully, who closed the doors of his theater on March 17. Gully said that Hollywood studios are not planning to release major films for another eight to 10 weeks. He expected a reopening of theaters no earlier than midJune. Opening even earlier would mean finding other types of movies to screen, raising one of many financial viability questions. “We can’t just open. You have to have something to show,” he said. The unknown details of Kemp’s reopening order would matter a lot. Gully noted such factors as what level of occupancy the theaters could have, what safety rules would be required, and whether there would be any additional insurance liability. Meanwhile, like many business owners, Gully is using some of the idle goods and services for charity — selling beer growlers and giant bags of popcorn at curbside to benefit a children’s cancer organization.

Weighing the reopening odds

A hair stylist was among those worried about how to return to business and weighing their odds. Marla Whitmer, a stylist of 10 years’ experience who lives in Sandy Springs, will head back to work on Friday at a Salon Lofts location in Roswell. Not because she feels protected against the coronavirus. It’s that the salon is going to resume charging her and the other stylists rent on their spaces. Does she feel safe? “No. I don’t,” she said. “I think it’s too early.” For Whitmer, it’s not the first time the financial pressures of the pandemic crisis have forced her to compromise on safety since the salon closed a month ago. She said she recently began quietly making house calls for select clients “because I thought the unemployment would kick in a little bit quicker than it did. So I kind of had no other choice, really.” “I felt OK,” she said of the risks of going to clients’ homes. “I would pick and choose a few that I would allow” and made sure there weren’t “multiple people in a small room,” she said. Returning to the salon is a different story, she said, especially as Georgia’s COVID-19 reports continue to rise. She said she wishes the salon would wait two more weeks to reopen. Many of her clients have no such qualms. “Surprisingly, my phone, the day that Gov. Kemp announced that [reopening order], I was getting calls, texts, emails about scheduling immediately,” Whitmer said with a low laugh. Whitmer questioned whether some of the state-required safety items will be available in the pandemic market demands. And she said she thinks it’s “a little crazy that they don’t provide certain things if that’s what they want us to do. Because how do you go a month without pay and then have to invest in infrared thermometers and products and all that stuff?”


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Many in Perimeter Center eager to keep working from home, survey says BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

The pandemic’s forced experiment in teleworking has many Perimeter Center employees eager to keep doing it at least part-time, according to early results of a survey by the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts. “This is, overall, a strange time,” but also “an opportunity in some ways,” said Johann Weber, manager of the PCIDs’ Perimeter Connects alternative commuting program, during the organization’s quarterly project update meeting held virtually on April 29. Weber helps local companies come up with commuting programs for their employees. The survey showed workers realizing many positives -- as well as some downsides -of working from home, said Weber. Even with some businesses returning to operations while the pandemic continues, there are also lessons for how teleworking and planning can help with safety requirements like social distancing, he said. The results are preliminary because the survey is still open. Weber said there were 405 responses so far, many from Cox companies, but with more than 50 employers represented. Respondents included executives, managers and workers, he said. Weber said employers should work now on formalizing a telework policy, including ways to track performance and health effects on employees and helping them to limit their virtual workdays. The PCIDs offers free help in drafting such policies through perimeterconnects.com. In Buckhead, the nonprofit Livable Buckhead offers similar assistance through livablebuckhead.com. During the pandemic, employers also should use part-time teleworking as a way to increase social distancing in the workplace, along with such measures as staggered departure and arrival times for employees, Weber said. He said the pandemic may have long-term effects on workplace design, reversing a trend toward higher-density spaces with workers clustered together.

Survey results so far

The survey found that 82.7% of respondents were now working from home five or more days a week, a result that Weber said would have sounded “crazy” at the start of the year. Prior to the pandemic, respondents said, only 4% worked from home that of-

ten, though 38% already did so one to two days a week. Another 19% had never worked from home. “Obviously, there are a lot of challenges, to put it moderately… but this is pretty spectacular,” Weber said of the teleworking. And many respondents like the experience, with 82% wanting to continue working from home one or more days a week, and 50% a majority of the week, according to Weber. Broken down further, a bit of 30% of respondents wanted to work from home one or two days a week, and a similar percenter wanted to work from home three or four days. A bit over 15% wanted to work from home five or more days a week. More money and time and less stress were among the reasons respondents liked working from home. Only 2% reported no positives from the experience. The top choice among positives was saving money by not commuting, chosen by 66.4% of respondents. A little over half cited decreased stress from the lack of a commute. Other physical and psychological health benefits included getting more sleep and spending more time with family and friends (both chosen by 43.2% of respondents) and increased exercise and healthier eating (30.6% of respondents). On the work side, 33.6% of respondents felt they were more productive when working from home, while 7.9% felt less productive. The negatives were less pronounced but significant. Weber said they centerd on the “massive meshing of work and home life, and those are things that aren’t always conducive to each other,” where distractions can range from “startled dogs” to “moody teenagers.” About 28% of respondents said their home workspace isn’t the same quality, while 27.2% citied a lack of proper equipment and 20.7% reported having internet access issues. Frequent distractions at home were cited by 17.5% of respondents; 16.8% said it’s difficult to stay motivated, and 14.3% felt lonely. Of the respondents, 22.7% said they have trouble unplugging from work. With the pandemic as a backdrop, 33.8% of respondents said they were anxious about it and 22.7% said they were worried about their job or the health of their company.


8 | Perimeter Business Continued from page 5 tomers are the new challenges. At Tuxedo Pharmacy & Gifts, an independent store at 164 West Wiecua Road in Buckhead, pharmacist Dawn Sasine says there have been a lot of new customers due to neighborhood and social media buzz. “The community has definitely been rallying for small businesses,” she said. “…I think people feel more comfortable coming here than maybe a big chain or a grocery where they do have to go inside.” The biggest challenge, she said, is finding suppliers to keep up the inventory. “Everything from the essentials — wipes, gloves, masks, etcetera — to the things that are keeping people home and occupied, [like] puzzles,” she said. Yes, the “gifts” side of the business is booming, too, with what Sasine says is “tremendous” demand for puzzles and games. The pharmacy has ordered “hundreds and hundreds” of puzzles to refill the stock, she said. The demand has the pharmacy staffed at normal levels, but working in a new world where customers come for curbside pickup only. “We’re just running around shopping for them,” Sasine said. Also new in the pandemic era are demonstrations of local support. “We are overwhelmed and touched by the support of small businesses and the community,” said Sasine, describing people as dropping by to offer food, cards, positive comments “and just love.”

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The liquor store

If a pandemic makes you want to throw back a few, you’re not alone — beer, wine and liquor stores have stayed open throughout the various shutdown and shelter orders. But you might want to raise a glass to the folks going through the challenge of selling the stuff at places like Cambridge Bottle Shop in Brookhaven’s Cambridge Square shopping center at 2036 Johnson Ferry Road. “Business is OK, but we have to close early,” said manager Kenny Chaudhri. “There is an employee issue. Nobody wants to work.” The staff members, he said, are worried about catching COVID-19 in the aisles. “They’re scared. They don’t want to come,” he said. Chaudhri said he and his wife are running the store for now, letting customers in one at a time, or offering curbside pickup. “It’s hard,” he said. “You know, it’s hard, not like normal times. This is a bad time.”

The construction crews

While doctors and nurses battle COVID-19 in the hospitals of Sandy Springs’ Medical Center area, work continues virtually next door on a new Hyatt House hotel. Overseen by the Sandy Springs-based national firm Choate Construction, it’s just one of scores of construction projects forging ahead in the pandemic, either because outdoor work is exempt from restrictions or the work is considered “critical” to public interests. But doing that work in the pandemic

era takes many special steps — even for an industry used to following safety rules. “Our industry by its nature — we are safety-conscious more than a lot of industries,” said Michael Hampton, Choate’s chief administrative officer. “As an industry, it’s on our mind constantly.” Now safety includes social distancing, masks, face Top, Tuxedo Pharmacy & Gifts. (Google Maps) shields, gallons of Above, Napoli New York Pizza Italian hand sanitizer, temKitchen & Catering. (Google Maps) perature checks for all workers, a ban on where workers may have to handle tasks indoor meetings. Even the roll call is done as a team, Hampton acknowledged that without the customary passing around of might not be 100%, either. a clipboard, Hampton said. “I wouldn’t say if I walked on any site “I keep seeing creative ways of how that I couldn’t find two workers possibly in guys… are setting up wash stations on projclose proximity, but in a lot of these situaects where they don’t even have running tions they’re family members,” he said. water yet,” he said. In figuring out new ways of doing busi“So we’re doing everything we can to ness during the pandemic, Hampton said, make that sure that, while our essential contractors are all in it together. business continues, that there’s no risk to “And one of the nicer byproducts of this the workers on site,” he said. is the collaboration that’s happening beThat also means projects may not be at tween contractors because, you know, this “100% efficiency,” he said, but the compaisn’t a competitive advantage,” he said. “So ny aims to follow the safety guidelines, and we are sharing our best practices with our “that’s what the workers want as well.” competitors and they are likewise.” Asked about the feasibility of maintaning social distancing on construction sites

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Council seeks refinancing of City Springs bonds to save millions Continued from page 1 at least 1.5 dollars in savings to [every dollar in] what we call negative arbitrage — that’s the negative carry in escrow,” said Courtney Rogers, senior vice president of Davenport & Company, the city’s financial advisor. The current coupon rates on the bonds — the amount of interest the bond owner receives — are 2.25% to 5%, according to the city. Mayor Rusty Paul said in a press release that recent market rates have dipped as low as 1.2% and that refinancing could save the city as much as $500,000 a year. In the world of municipal bond issuing, cities will often refinance existing bonds by issuing a new set of bonds at a lower interest rate. They invest the revenue in an escrow account from which the city collects interest.

In approving the resolution by a 6-0 vote, the council authorized Rogers and his staff to begin preparations for issuing the new bonds once they find an interest rate lower than what the city would earn in escrow. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic causing extraordinary volatility in the bond market, finding a favorable rate may be more easily said than done. “At the end of February, we talked to our staff and felt this thing was ready to move forward. You all heard that message on March 3 and gave us permission to move forward,” Rogers told the council. “Unfortunately, over the next week, the stock and bond markets went south on us. The municipal bond market basically froze up and rates rose.” Given the current volatility of interest rates, combined with a low Federal Reserve Fund Rate encouraging banks to borrow,

to find favorable rates under which to issue the new series of bonds. The company would then submit a proposal to the council for final approval at a public hearing. The new issuance is not to exceed $198 million. The 2015 bonds FILE mature on May 1, City Hall and City Green park at City Springs. 2026. bond issuers are currently hard-pressed to “Our objective find attractive rates from either buyers or is the 110,000 people who live in the city of escrow agents. With roughly $151 million Sandy Springs, and saving them the most of the original $159 million issuance still remoney we can,” said District 5 Councilmaining, Rogers and his staff will attempt member Tibby DeJulio.


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Commentary: Lessons on what worked, and what needs to change The coronavirus pandemic has forced enormous changes on society. The Reporter asked local experts in various fields -- from arts to religion, urban planning to politics -- what lessons the pandemic has taught them about what works well in a crisis, and what needs to change. The participants included Rabbi Spike Anderson of Sandy Springs’ Temple Emanu-El synagogue; Dunwoody Mayor Lynn Deutsch; Ryan Gravel, the founder of the Atlanta BeltLine and consultant on Atlanta’s urban design plan; and Alison Hamil, who painted a pandemic mural for the city of Brookhaven.

ALISON HAMIL

Artists have been hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis. In an industry that was already undervalued, artists are struggling now more than ever. But there is a silver lining – society is no longer able to ignore the socio-economic problems that are being exposed by the crisis. Considered “non-essential” workers, artists have to constantly fight to prove their relevance and benefit to society. Most artists struggle to meet their basic needs because of a lack of public arts funding and an underlying belief that art should be free. Study after study shows the massive economic value of the arts, but we’ve been making that argument for years and it’s gotten us nowhere. Maybe it’s time to reevaluate some of our basic assumptions about what makes a good life. Should economic growth and accumulation of wealth always be the end goal? What about fun, beauty, and enjoyment of the present moment? Artists have a knack for helping us experience all of those things. Let’s take this opportunity to shift our values and elevate artists to the level of respect and dignity they deserve. This is our chance to rebuild the industry in a way that will allow artists to flourish. Now is a great time for institutions to invest in public art, which can unite and uplift the community while also employing artists who may otherwise be out of work. Going forward, artists need opportunities to create and display their work without having to worry

about keeping a roof over their heads. Whether through the private or public sector, artists need continued support and a safety net to get through times like these. It is time for us to take care of each other, and to say goodbye to the myth of the starving artist once and for all.

RYAN GRAVEL

A recent hot-take from the Twittersphere is that COVID-19 will turn the tide on a decades-long movement of re-urbanization. Some people suggest that our short-term need to be physically distanced from each other will remind us why we love low-density, car-oriented sprawl. I think that’s an overreaction, of course, but it speaks to at least one underlying truth. While urban living comes with many advantages, sometimes we just want some space. When the crisis of this pandemic is behind us, I don’t think it will change whether we want to live in cities, but I do hope it will change how we live in them. I’ve written before that I’m living my dream – that my Atlanta BeltLine thesis is slowly becoming real and I’m lucky to live and work on its route. The difficulty of getting people to not use it as much, and to physically distance themselves when they do, speaks volumes about the kinds of infrastructure we need to en-

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dure crises like this. The fact that it’s so congested, even during a global pandemic, illustrates a pent-up demand for a public realm that is designed for our increasingly crowded urban life. We need to finish the BeltLine, of course, but we also need more public spaces – more and wider sidewalks and massive new regional parks where we can really get away from each other. Cities need both active and passive open spaces. They serve different purposes. Large, expansive natural parks that are not filled with sports fields, playgrounds, splash pads and other highly programmed areas are just as important because they give us a chance to get away from other people – something that is really important in times like these. Every great city has great open spaces and oftentimes, they’re what we love and remember most about our experiences there. Think of Paris without the Tuileries or New York City without Central Park. We know intuitively that investing in an infrastructure of wide open spaces will come with significant costs – but also with multiple benefits. In addition to making us stronger and more resilient, those open spaces will also make our city the kind of place we want to live. The need to physically distance ourselves from each other is essential during COVID19, but it’s also just a good metric for designing the cities we love.

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RABBI SPIKE ANDERSON

We have never experienced anything like coronavirus as a society. Our synagogue, like religious institutions everywhere, is made up of individuals who are increasingly experiencing real angst and fear related to their jobs, their health and that of their loved ones, and feelings of isolation. In short, the “unknown” looms more distinctly than it has for us in living memory. I believe that, in some ways, our synagogue was built for times like these. If our mission is to bring light into a darkening world (hope and goodness), and provide an avenue for spiritual development with like-minded people, now is the time when these strengths are most poignant. Temple Emanu-El has always been “high touch,” as opposed to “high-tech.” One of our first challenges was how to do both. If we could not bring our people to their Judaism, we would have to find a way to bring Judaism to our peo-

ple, wherever they were. Clearly, our millennial Rabbis were invaluable in helping us make the vital changes, as well as to acclimate our congregants as fast as possible. Our in-person daily classes now were to be conducted and attended via Zoom. Our Friday night Shabbat services, now conducted in an empty sanctuary, were to be experienced via Facebook live. Our social interactions were now “face-to-face” from the safety of our own homes. Pastoral care, which I always think is best faceto-face, was now screen-to-screen. Not surprisingly, the numbers of congregants who attend through these new mediums has doubled, and in some cases, tripled. Ample time plus acute need has led to increased engagement. A saving grace has been the mobilization of groups of congregants who make daily calls to others in our congregation. This type of outreach ensures that no one falls through the cracks and we can be there to help them if they need food or medicine. As important, these daily

phone calls bring connection, even if it is with congregants whom they do not (yet) know. There is a Hebrew expression attributed to the prime minister of Israel, Golda Meir, as she led her country against enemies that pressed its borders: “Ayn Brayra,” which translates as, “There is no choice.” Religion (paired with science) is what will get us through this plague. It offers hope, connection, and the understanding that we are all part of the human experience, even if this is new to us. The hope is for better days, soon. The connection is with one another, and God. And the link to human experience allows us to see ourselves as something greater, and thus, far from alone.

MAYOR LYNN DEUTSCH

As mayor, I have been incredibly proud of Dunwoody staff’s ability to transition rather seamlessly from a traditional office setting to a virtual scenario. The city continues to move forward and has actually been able to expedite some public works proj-

ects as a result of the reduction in vehicle traffic. I am impressed with the quality of work that continues to happen, permitting, inspections, park construction and more are signs that Dunwoody is open for business. As we continue to travel through this challenging time, I expect that the next step for Dunwoody, like many businesses, will be a hybrid of some work occurring in the office and some work continuing to be conducted virtually. We’ve learned to be flexible and creative, but we haven’t forgotten the importance of face-to-face communication. Our officers are on the streets. Our public works and parks teams are on-site. Our public meetings are more meaningful and productive when we can actually see and interact with the public. We can only do so much for so long virtually. That’s why I look forward to reopening City Hall when the time is right and in a way that’s safe for all. Because of this pandemic, things might look different. But our commitment to this community is unchanged.

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In the pandemic era, locals plant ‘victory gardens’

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Matthew Webster’s sons -- from left, Daniel, 7, Evan, 5, and Austin, 3 -- keep their eyes on the new family garden.

During World War I, patriotic Americans planted victory gardens. They were so popular during World War II that home, school and community gardens produced 40% of the nation’s fresh fruit and vegetables.

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In the coronavirus pandemic, victory gardens are back -- and many residents of Dunwoody and Sandy Springs have planted one. Their reasons vary from worrying about job security and the stability of the nation’s food supply to having time on their hands and wanting to teach their children important values. Many are first-timers with small gardens consisting of neat rows of raised beds, containers of varying sizes, small spaces in flower beds and even a mobile garden. Others are more experienced gardeners using the quarantine to rediscover gardening. “I’m planting one to teach my kids and be less dependent on the grocery store supply chain, get some exercise, spend time outside and build something,” said Steven Simms of Mill Glenn, a consultant whose office is currently closed and whose job “may be at risk if the economy doesn’t recover soon.” Simms is growing a wide variety of fruits and vegetables in his three SPECIAL Blueberries in Lisa Stacholy’s garden. newly constructed raised beds.

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Steven Simms considers his brand-new raised beds his family’s “insurance plan.”

“Fewer trips [to the grocery story] mean less chance of exposure to the virus,” he added. “Times like these remind me that the great convenience our freemarket economy provides can easily get disrupted, so providing some of our own food is an important part of our family ‘insurance’ plan.” Concern about a food shortage is motivating other more experienced gardeners. “I decided to plant a garden when we started hearing reports of food shortages,” said Dunwoodian Jennifer Carabacca, who has a small backyard garden. “I’ve had a garden on and off, but this year is bigger with more variety.” Cliff Gott, of Sandy Springs, has planted his entire garden in a 7-cubic-foot dump cart, which he is incorporating into his children’s homeschool curriculum. “My wife and I try to expose our kids to ‘life skills,’ and being able to garden is an important [one],” he said. “The COVID-19 quarantine just so happened to align with our plans for a spring garden.” One life skill he’s teaching is practicality because his wheeled garden solves the problems of too much shade and too many hungry deer. During the day, he moves the cart into the sun, and at night he moves it into the garage to prevent the deer from getting “a late-night snack.” Dunwoodian Matthew Webster also credits the pandemic for his garden. “I always liked having a veggie garden but hadn’t had time with three young

kids or a spot with enough sun close to the house -- until recently,” he said. “The whole pandemic thing provided me with both the time and the motivation to get going again. Also, I’m expecting inflation and possible shortages of quality produce.” He tries to involve his boys -- Daniel, 7, Evan, 5, and Austin, 3 -- as much as possible. “They help some, but it’s not always easy to keep them focused,” he said. Some people have victory gardens they started after other threatening events. “We’ve done a victory garden every year since 9/11,” said Lisa Stacholy, a Dunwoody-based architect, whose two children were very young at the time. “The enemy was clear and known, but the ‘waiting for the other shoe to drop’ was the PTSD type of event that we wanted to shield our young kids from,” she said. Despite the pandemic, gardeners are clearly happy people “Planting a garden is a great way to create lasting memories,” said Gott, the mobile gardener. But what if you live in an apartment? Try the Dunwoody Community Garden and Orchard, at Brook Run Park, where 4-by-8 plots cost $60 a year. Though all are currently taken, the wait list is wide open. The DCGO sells plants at its greenhouse daily 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and offers classes at “the barn,” currently on hold till the city reopens the park to group activities. Information is at dcgo.org.


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Catching up on catchball

It looks a lot like volleyball when it’s being played. cludes four teams and about 80 players, Gurvitch said, Two teams of six women each line up on either side and players say other teams have sprouted in nearof a net dividing a court laid out on a gym floor. The by communities. Most of the players are between age players send a brightly colored ball back and forth 30 and age 50, said Carissa Mindt, a 29-year-old staff above the net, continuing until the ball hits the floor member at the MJCCA who never played catchball, but and a point is scored. Players can spike the ball to the now coaches it. floor or block shots at the net. The new teams have attracted a variety of types The game differs from volleyball because these playof players. Debi Tzuberi first heard about the sport ers don’t hit the ball back and forth. Instead, they catch through her husband, who’s Israeli. “When I was in it and then throw it. That’s why this young sport is high school, I was athletic,” she said, “but I never cared called catchball. about volleyball. It’s hard to hit the ball. I gave [catchAnd it’s, um, catching on. At least it is in and around ball] a try and I thought, ‘This is really fun.’ … My first Dunwoody. season, they call me ‘Crash.’ I went through about three Catchball was devised in Israel sometime during the pairs of knee pads.” past decade, local players say. In fact, the game is so asDuring the last weekend of February, four catchball sociated with that country that a recent American nateams from the MJCCA traveled to Las Vegas to comtional tournament brought in a pair of Israeli refs just pete in the fifth annual USA Catchball Games. The to be sure everything was on the up and up. “It’s a big tournament drew teams from from California to St. thing in Israel…,” said 47-year-old Dunwoody player Louis to Washington, D.C., Gurvitch said. The Atlanta Yael Matana, who grew up in Israel but moved to the teams finished somewhere in the middle of the pack, U.S. before the catchball craze started. “It’s meant for Mindt said. women. Volleyball is harder [to play]. I love catchball They hope to do better next year. In the meantime, JOE EARLE and I hate volleyball.” they’ll keep trying to improve their skills – when the Rachel Gurvitch, center, attacks as Shiri Tzuk prepares to Like many of her Dunwoody teammates, Rachel MJCCA was closed recently to try to hinder the spread block the shot and Hagit Yehuai, Dana Zvi and Debi Tzuberi Gurvitch first heard about catchball from friends in Isof coronavirus, Mindt sent team members drills they prepare to enter the fray during a recent catchball practice rael or among the local Israeli community. Talk about could work on home. at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. the game started turning up on social media or in chats Gurvitch sees part of the appeal of the sport is that it with family and friends, she said. gives women something to do outside their homes and Gurvitch, who’s 44 and who teaches at Georgia State University, grew up in Israel but families. “In earlier years, when we were young mothers, we didn’t have time to think moved to the U.S. about a decade ago, before catchball got going. Once she heard Israeabout much more,” she said before a recent practice. “As kids grew up, we are a comli friends describe the game, though, she thought it would be a good sport for American munity, and it’s our time to switch back to [work on] ourselves. Catchball allows that, in women, too. She and some friends started organizing their own teams. that it can fit everyone. We don’t have to be a super-athlete to be on the team.” Gurvitch said they checked around with local churches, Ys and other places where And unlike other sports, the game is easy to learn, she said. Sports such as basketball volleyball was played regularly, and ended up at the Marcus Jewish Community Center or softball or even volleyball can be hard to learn and new players can find it’s difficult of Atlanta after pointing out to leaders there that the game offered a new sport for womto make older bodies perform properly on the court or field. en that they could add to the center’s activity schedule. Gurvitch said there’s really only one skill required to start playing catchball: “You That was about three years ago. The program has grown steadily since and now inhave to be able to catch the ball.”

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The coronavirus pandemic is a disaster that will be long remembered — and the Atlanta History Center is asking area residents, business owners and others to start preserving items now for posterity’s historical record. In a new initiative called the “Corona Collective,” the Buckhead-based museum is seeking stories and materials of various types that preserve experiences of this desperate and challenging time. That includes physical items, though the History Center will not accept them during social distancing measures. “Contemporary collecting is basically predicting the future, and someone in the future I’m sure will wish we had thought of something to save right now,” said Sheffield Hale, the History Center’s president and CEO,’ in a written statement. “A great example are artifacts from the Spanish Flu pandemic in Atlanta [in 1918-1919]; there were similar restrictions then, but few artifacts representing that.” The initiative launched April 7, and within two weeks had received materials from more than 100 people, ranging from personal essays to photo collections to videos. Paul Crater, vice president of collections and research services at the museum, said donated items include a 26-year-old woman’s account of how she nearly died of COVID-19 and a Google Docs file describing ways to help shuttered restaurants and their employees. Then there are more whimsical artifacts. “We received a short documentary about this band who played social distancing shows in Ormewood Park before the stay-at-home order, and they’re being tugged around in boat by a truck and they’re playing to people while people are sitting on their porches, and it’s really fun,” he said. On the History Center’s website, Collections Manager Erica Hague gave an overview of the effort. “We are living through historic times—times that we need your help to document,” she wrote. “At Atlanta History Center, it is our mission to preserve and interpret the history of the greater Atlanta area for future generations—and we’re reach-


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Opposite, bike messenger Chad Pack and a companion pose in masks downtown. Above, a sign promotes social distancing on the Atlanta BeltLine.

Right top, a “quarantine” sign on a truck at a J.B. Hunt trucking facility in Lithia Springs. Right, chalked messages on the steps of the North High Ridge Apartments on North Avenue.

ing out to you for help. “… Though you may not realize it, you’re already documenting this time of constant change. You create the historic record when you take a photo of something that makes you feel more connected while self-isolating. Maybe you’ve seen a sign, received an email, or in some other way have connected with the rapidly changing world in the wake of [the] coronavirus. Perhaps it was the empty toilet paper aisle at Kroger, a furlough notice, the cancellation of a planned trip, emails from your child’s school, or a note to an at-risk loved one. Maybe it’s the receipt for a donation you made to support a local small business or essential employee.” Hale noted that commonplace items can be valuable now, because they are often lost in the long run, not preserved because they were seen as not special at the time. “That which is most common shall be least common,” he said, citing a common phrase in the History Center’s Civil

War collecting. Crater said that similar efforts from the DeKalb History Center and the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, were among the inspirations for the “Corona Collective.” A particular model for gathering history as it happened, he said, was a similar program by the Missouri History Center during the 2014 Ferguson police-shooting protests. Choosing which items to preserve in the museum’s collection -- and even how to preserve such items as that Google Docs file with its hundreds of hyperlinks -- are among the challenges of the effort, Crater said. “But I’ve always had this aspiration to do something like this and to be nimble like this,” he added, and the opportunities are big, too. One goal is to use the material as starting points to solicit donations of physical items and oral histories when it is safe to do so. Another possibility: pop-up ex-

hibits highlighting some of the neighborhood-oriented artifacts and inviting residents of those areas who might never have visited the museum before. The museum chose to seize the moment and collect history in action that affects everyone, Crater said, and the submissions so far show a “sense of civic involvement and humanity that is really compelling to me.” The History Center will consider materials from residents of cities in the immediate metro Atlanta area, including Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. Residents of other areas will be directed to local historical societies elsewhere, said spokesperson Howard Pousner. The museum’s staff is taking photos in the neighborhoods as part of the collection as well, with many of the images available on the website at atlantahistorycenter.com/research/coronavirus-collective. The website includes

details about what types of materials will be accepted, copyright and other usage rights, and other information about the “Corona Collective.”

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The following organizations also are seeking pandemic items and memories from metro Atlantans. DeKalb History Center “The COVID-19 Chronicles” dekalbhistory.org Heritage Sandy Springs “COVID-19 Community Journal Project” facebook.com/heritagesandysprings Georgia Historical Society “COVID-19 in Georgia” georgiahistory.com


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Continued from page 1 of approximately half an acre at the corner of Blue Stone Road and Hilderbrand Drive and is near the city’s City Springs civic center. “The Chamber is looking forward to working with the city on the new cultural [center],” said Tom Mahaffey, president and CEO of the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce. “It will be a great asset for the city and the Chamber. The building will fit right in to the architecture of City Springs. We are looking forward to the opening.” The neighboring cultural organization Heritage Sandy Springs is also excited, according to Bob Beard, chairman of its board of trustees “Heritage Sandy Springs is thrilled the Cultural Center is planned to be located contiguous to our facilities,” Beard said in an email. “The Cultural Center’s mission is aligned with our mission of promoting history and culture throughout the community. It also is a great way for Heritage Sandy Springs to partner with the city of Sandy Springs. We are custodians of an array of historical artifacts and possess a large collection of community archives. The Cultural Center will be a great gateway, both physically and intellectually, to our resources.” The council did not specifically speak to the purpose of the purchase. City spokesperson Sharon Kraun confirmed the purchase is for a Cultural Center. “If you look back to the City Center Master Plan adopted in 2012, and the city’s Next Ten [comprehensive land use] plan, you’ll see that it has been a long-term goal to create places of community attracting more arts, cultural and civic events within the City Springs district,” Kraun said in an email. DeJulio voted against the purchase, citing concerns with the cost. “We don’t want the business. He can move the business,” DeJulio said. “We only want the property.” City attorney Dan Lee said the price is high because the city is buying both the property and the business interest, which each had an appraised value of $1 million, and that the purchase will put Burdett out of business. “It’s a thriving, ongoing business,” Lee said. “He doesn’t want to close it, and part

of the problem in trying to find substitute property is the zoning in Sandy Springs has very, very, very, limited areas to where automobile mechanic businesses can locate.” DeJulio said he had heard someone was interested in buying the business and moving it elsewhere. But Lee said that city staff understood that Burdett was unable to find another buyer. Councilmember Chris Burnett said the city had little option about the price. “Tibby, I understand where you’re coming from, nobody hates to overpay for real estate more than I do,” Burnett said. “The way I look at this is that…whether we like it or not, we do have to buy his business if we want this piece of property. Otherwise, he could continue to operate his business there for as long as he wants to.” Burnett also said that because of its proximity to City Springs, the property is worth more. “We have inflated the value of real estate because of the investment we’ve made and the way we have turned around the downtown corridor,” Burnett said. “So that’s the unfortunate reality is those prices are climbing now because the desirability of being near City Springs is climbing quickly as well.” The property was previously pegged as a “preferred location” for the city’s Cultural Center in a June 2018 request for proposals. The RFP also included a house owned by the city that is a part of Heritage Sandy Springs, a history and culture nonprofit. In a 2016 master plan, Heritage identified its part of that site as a possible location for a new museum for its own exhibits. That property was not discussed by the council during the repair shop purchase approval. In November 2018, the city privately approved an architecture firm’s contract of $153,900 to create designs for a Cultural Center, which the city has said would house several local groups and, potentially, a new state Holocaust memorial. City officials said in November 2018 that no specific location had been determined and a presentation showed a general area of several blocks surrounding City Springs. Later in November 2018, the city held a community input meeting, where residents met with the design team and provided ideas for the Cultural Center.

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In the Fulton County Board of Education race for District 3, which represents part of Sandy Springs, Jimmy Glenn is challenging incumbent Gail Dean. Dean did not provide Voters Guide answers.

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What is motivating you to run for this office? We need significant change. Fulton County deserves a world-class school system. Every child deserves a great education. No excuses. There’s no acceptable reason why we’re not there. I’ve worked behind the scenes on critical FCS administrative projects for years. However, seeing a new superintendent every 1.8 years for 15 years, huge cost overruns and construction delays, and financial waste and bloat in the central office motivated me to run for a position on the board. I will represent the entire District 3 constituency, as I truly believe that every student deserves a great school.

FULTON COUNTY SHERIFF

In the Fulton County sheriff’s race, incumbent Theodore “Ted” Jackson faces challengers Walter Calloway, Myron Freeman, Patrick “Pat” Labat and Charles D. Rambo. All of the candidates in the partisan race are Democrats, so the primary will decide the election. Calloway and Freeman did not provide Voters Guide answers.

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What is motivating you to run for this office? I want to continue and build on the re-entry and recidivism programs that I started in the jail. Also, to continue all the programs for the youth, seniors and homeless initiatives. I am working to return the agency to the Triple Crown rating that it once held. I will strive to continue to work with our law enforcement partners to address crime in the whole county.

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What is motivating you to run for this office? My 30-year career in public safety, and 10 years as chief of the city of Atlanta Department of Corrections, uniquely positioned me to lead the Sheriff’s Office. Executive-level leadership matters. I look forward to serving the citizens of Fulton County by providing the active, engaged and transparent leadership you deserve. The loss of the agency’s prestigious Triple Crown Accreditation, which allows agencies to standardize practices and defend against costly lawsuits, was a tremendous blow. I accomplished a great deal for the city of Atlanta and will expand upon those innovative ideas at the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office.

Charles D. Rambo ramboforsheriff2020.com

What is motivating you to run for this office? I am motivated to run for sheriff because my passion and expertise in the agency’s functions will bring more active and involved leadership to the people of Fulton County. This is my finest hour to step up immediately following the primary election with a plan for Constitutional Policing, addressing circumstances brought on by COVID-19 affecting our criminal justice system.

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FULTON COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Constance Russell is not running for re-election. Appearing on the ballot in a nonpartisan election for her seat are Melynee Leftridge Harris, Tamika Hrobowski-Houston, Lizz Kuhn and Ashley Baker Osby. HrobowskiHouston did not provide Voters Guide answers.

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What is motivating you to run for this office? As our next Superior Court judge, I am committed to making our neighborhoods safer and ensuring victims of crime have an opportunity to be acknowledged and heard in court. Additionally, I believe people who come to court are entitled to have their cases heard (and their concerns thoroughly and responsibly addressed) by a judge who will follow the law and interact with them professionally and respectfully. Judges are “servant leaders.” I recognize that being a judge is to be in service to our community.

Lizz Kuhn

lizzforjudge.com What is motivating you to run for this office? It is time for me to give back to my community. As a child, I was a victim of a broken system. As a teacher, I saw judges rubber-stamp punishments for children without an adequate inquiry into the situation. As a lawyer, many clients, friends, persons in law enforcement and lawyers complain about justice not being properly applied and complain about the inefficiency of the system. While we do have the best system of justice in the world, there is room for improvement. The community benefits from an improved system and I am committed to the cause.

Ashley Baker Osby OsbyforJudge.com

What is motivating you to run for this office? As a Magistrate Court judge, I feel that as a Superior Court judge I could make a more influential impact on cases and for the constituents of Fulton County. I was a law clerk for the late Honorable Rowland W. Barnes of the Fulton County Superior Court and also a former law clerk for Matthew O. Simmons of Clayton County Superior Court. I also have judicial experience since January 2016 and have practiced in Superior Courts all around the state of Georgia.

FULTON COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE

In a nonpartisan race, incumbent Fulton County Superior Court Judge Rebecca Crumrine Rieder is being challenged by Shermela J. Williams.

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What is motivating you to run for this office? I am the incumbent running to continue to represent the people as a Superior Court judge. After 17 years serving metro Atlanta as a litigator, I bring my vast experience and legal knowledge to the bench and serve the people of Fulton County. People before the court are in crisis and courts are about people. I am fair, impartial and patient, and hold all responsible pursuant to law. I treat all people with dignity, listen to the evidence, and decide and rule in a timely fashion.


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Shermela J. Williams ShermelaForJudge.com

What is motivating you to run for this office? I am running for judge to make Fulton County a better, safer place for everyone. My father was murdered when I was 7, but his killer was never held accountable. Though painful and tragic, his murder ignited my desire to become a lawyer and a judge. Competent, qualified judges are essential to the integrity of our justice system. I have seen and experienced firsthand the huge impact of judges’ decisions on our community and our individual lives. I am running to ensure that we have the most qualified and best representation of our community, for our community, on the bench.

FULTON COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE

In a nonpartisan race, incumbent Fulton County Superior Court Judge Rachelle Carnesale is being challenged by Tiffany Carter Sellers. Carnesale did not provide Voters Guide answers.

Tim Curtin, Kenya Johnson and Diane Weinberg are running to fill a Fulton County Probate Court judge position after the retirement of incumbent Pinkie Toomer. Curtin did not provide Voters Guide answers.

Kenya Johnson

electkenyajohnson.com What is motivating you to run for this office? At the age of 25, I lost my mother and grandmother, both of whom passed without a will. As an only child, I was forced to handle their affairs through grief and confusion and we lost our family home. It then became my mission to educate citizens about the importance of estate planning to create legacies to care for our loved ones. As a criminal prosecutor, I assisted families after traumatic crime events. I’ve risen through the legal ranks to co-manage a county governmental office with a $9 million budget and co-lead over 100 employees.

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DianeForJudge.com What is motivating you to run for this office? I have dedicated my life to representing clients in Probate Courts across the state of Georgia. After the honorable Judge Toomer announced her retirement, I received encouragement from colleagues to run. Fulton County deserves a judge who is experienced, compassionate and efficient. I have achieved many honors throughout my career and have earned the reputation across the state of Georgia for managing complex matters. My goal is to take that experience, build on the court’s current successes, and bring a fresh approach to the Fulton County Probate Court.

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Affordable housing advocates who co-chaired the city’s North End Revitalization Task Force launched an initiative opposing the task force’s final report with a community meeting on Feb. 28. At that meeting, several north end residents said they feared the recommendations would lead to displacement of See TWO on page 14

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The Neighborhood Planning Unit system that reviews planning, zoning and other big issues for Atlanta city government is getting a review of its own. A downtown nonprofit called the Center for Civic Innovation has begun a quiet, but

potentially influential, series of meetings and surveys that aims to have reform recommendations for the 45-year-old system on the table by March 2020.

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The wooden stock is beige and battered with age. The metal plate above the trigger is decorated with a pair of birds. The barrel is long, heavy and octagonal. It’s an old muzzleloading firearm, for sure. It might even be the one that killed the deer that gave Buckhead its curious name in 1838.

John Beach, president of the Buckhead Heritage Society, is still trying to figure that For more on out, partly by tracking John Beach, see the tales surrounding Around Town, page 20. another little-known piece of area history – an 1842 log cabin that quietly survived destruction by being moved to a Buckhead back yard. In the meantime, Beach gave the Reporter an exclusive closeSee IS on page 22

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Left, John Beach, president of the Buckhead which reputedly killed the neighborhood’s Heritage Society, holds the “Buckhead Gun,” namesake deer in 1838. Right, holds what is said to be the same firearm in an undated photo. (John James Whitley Ruch/Special)

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