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Sandy Springs Reporter
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JULY 25 — AUG. 7, 2014 • VOL. 8 — NO. 15
Linear park, playground along Abernathy opens COMMUNITY 2
In the groove
City may seek corporate help to fund arts center
Towering over City Council delays vote on mixed-use project COMMUNITY 3
BY ANN MARIE QUILL
Sandy Springs could one day be home to a 1,000-seat performing arts center, if it follows the advice of a study conducted as part of city center plans. It would be the “biggest project we’ve ever undertaken,” Mayor Rusty Paul said at a recent Rotary Club of Sandy Springs meeting. The mayor said he was gratified by a public outpouring of support he has received following the release of the study commissioned by the Sandy Springs City Council. That study, by Johnson Consultants, urged the city to look at a 750-seat to 1,000-seat performing arts facility. Charlie Johnson, with Johnson Consulting, urged San-
MARTA still studying northern expansion plans COMMUNITY 4
Practice = perfect Weber School sophomore loves to pole vault STANDOUT STUDENT 18
SEE CITY MAY SEEK, PAGE 20
Roundabout plan means council faces $1.5 million decision
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BY ANN MARIE QUILL
SANDY SPRINGS/PERIMETER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The Kelly family, front, Charlie, 5, back left, Patrick, 9, mom Jamie, Emily, 7, and dad Mike, get down and boogie to the beach sounds of the “Grains of Sand” band during a concert at Heritage Green on July 13. See another photo on page 17.
If Sandy Springs city officials decide not to go forward with a roundabout on the Riverside Drive/I-285 interchange, the city will be on the hook to spend $1.5 million to construct turning lanes on the intersection ramps. The Georgia Department of Transportation first proposed the roundabout in 2011 after the city requested a new traffic signal at the interchange. If a roundabout is constructed, the project will be funded with federal help at no cost to the city, except for landscaping and decorative street lights, state officials say. But if it’s not built, the city will have to pay to construct turning lanes SEE RIVERSIDE, PAGE 20
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