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Road project clouds gateway development

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With a bang Where, when to celebrate July 4 out & about 18

By Dan Whisenhunt

Wonder woman

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The Sandy Springs Planning Commission on June 20 endorsed the zoning needed for a controversial gateway development near Atlanta’s Chastain Park, but there’s still uncertainty surrounding a massive intersection realignment the project requires. If Sandy Springs City Council approves the redevelopment project at its July meeting, it will mean the city must realign Windsor Parkway and Roswell Road. The realignment will cost between $3.7 million and $5.7 million, and will be paid for by Sandy Springs taxpayers. Three options are being considered for the realignment. Under two of the three options, the old Sentell Baptist Church would be razed to make way for the project. Under the third op-

Dunwoody parade organizer is ‘Energizer Bunny’ making a difference 19

By the river Mt. Paran-Northside residents fish, hike where you live 27

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Eminent domain action draws criticism By Dan Whisenhunt

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Tamara Carrera, director of the Community Assistance Center in Sandy Springs, leads the shopping cart parade during the center’s “Food ‘n Fun Festival” at Morgan Falls Athletic Complex on June 23. The event raised awareness, food and funds to combat local hunger and homelessness. Another photo on page 22.

Sandy Springs isn’t playing around with business owners who won’t sell their property for the city’s new downtown. If the owners won’t sell, the city will use its powers of eminent domain to take their property. City Council made the point at its June 18 meeting, voting to buy two similar pieces of property along Roswell Road for two distinctly different prices. The parcels are both .29 acres, both front Roswell Road, and are both adjacent to the former Target building on Johnson Ferry Road that the city purchased for $8 million in 2008. Continued on page 26

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