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After nine years, adult business lawsuit heads to trial BY JOHN RUCH

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A federal lawsuit filed nine years ago that challenges Sandy Springs’ adult-business restrictions as unconstitutional is finally slated for trial on Aug. 18. But the city may have changed the playing field with a quiet, last-minute zoning change that essentially allows strip clubs and adult bookstores to operate in more areas. “We were never told” that zoning change was coming, said Cary Wiggins, the attorney representing three local adult businesses in the lawsuit. The move could delay the trial, he said. City Attorney Wendell Willard and Scott Bergthold, the Tennessee attorney representing Sandy Springs in the lawsuit, did not respond to questions. In the lawsuit, the adult bookstore Inserection and the strip clubs Mardi Gras and Flashers allege that the city is trying to force them out of business with laws violating the First and Fourteenth Amendments. First filed in 2006, the case has dragged on in part due to previous tweaks of the city code. It is one of four lawsuits still pending in the local legal war against adult businesses that dates back to pre-cityhood Fulton County ordinances in the 1990s. The businesses argue that the city is making up excuses to shut them down for moral reasons. The city has argued SEE ADULT, PAGE 4

Neighbors worry about noise, truck traffic after Kroger expansion BY JOHN RUCH

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Kroger plans a major expansion and upgrade of its Fountain Oaks supermarket. But first it must negotiate with worried neighbors who say the store is already a source of delivery noise problems. The plans also involve buying and demolishing a public housing building in Sandy Springs, at 151 West Belle Isle Road, apparently to expand the parking lot. Residents involved in the talks with Kroger and shopping center owner EDENS, Inc. say they are concerned that plans for the property remain unclear. “We’re very supportive of [Kroger] in this expansion,” but not “at our personal expenses,” said Paul Wendlandt, a West Belle Isle homeowner who is among many abutters involved in the talks.

Kroger would not comment on the negotiations, and EDENS and the Galloway Law Group, which represents the project, did not respond to questions. Kroger sought a 30-day deferral from the city’s Planning Commission last month to talk with neighbors. Wendlandt said the group is due to meet again Aug. 10 with updated plans. Built in 1987, the Kroger at 4920 Roswell Road is outdated and small by modern standards. The plan would expand it by nearly 40 percent, from 61,000 to 84,000 square feet. That involves demolishing several other shopping center storefronts that until recently housed such businesses as a martial arts studio and a coin-trading shop. Kroger aims to start work this fall and wrap up late next year. “The multi-million-dollar investment will include new

décor, upscale elements in service departments, [an] expanded grocery department, [an] expanded bakery and deli, and extensive natural and organic food offerings,” Kroger spokesman Glynn Jenkins said in an email. But even at its current size, the store creates noise problems with late-night deliveries and unloading of trucks, neighbors said at the July 16 Planning Commission meeting. Wendlandt said residents have logged more than 150 noise complaints with the police in recent years, but Kroger has never offered a practical solution. “We’ve had numerous conversations with Kroger in which they’ve essentially given us the middle finger,” Wendlandt said. “We don’t have much confidence, trust or faith in Kroger doing the right thing or being a good neighbor.” A city staff report says Kroger did not provide enough information to figure out whether the expanded store would SEE FOUNTAIN, PAGE 5


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A massive reform of Sandy Springs’ planning process—including a completely new zoning code and more community meetings—is the works. The current process has “a lot that happens not too much in the public eye,” said Assistant City Manager Jim Tolbert, presenting a draft reform proposal to Mayor Rusty Paul and the City Council Aug. 4. The goal is to increase transparency in the process, boost public engagement and make development reviews easier to understand, city officials said. Some of the key ideas include: • Replacing the city’s widely criticized zoning code with a new Unified Development Ordinance. The current version is Fulton County’s old code with add-ons—and “a lot of contradictions that make it difficult for anyone to use,” Tolbert said. • Requiring a pre-application community meeting, facilitated by the city, to get public input before a project is filed. An internal pre-application with city staff also would be required. • Requiring easier-to-read signs at

project sites explaining the plan and zoning changes. Barring changes to a project after its Planning Commission approval, except for specifically requested changes. Eliminating some City Hall meetings where many proposals are vetted in one session with limited time, and instead requiring a project-specific meeting held in the community. Writing better guidelines defining mixed-use projects in terms of density, parking and other frequently disputed aspects. Staging a “Citizens Planning Academy” much like citizens police academies.

“The more people under the process, the more people feel engaged in the process, the better off we’ll be,” Paul said. “I think these are all great improvements.” City staff aims to craft the new planning process over the next six months during the recently imposed moratorium on new rezoning applications. The city’s new community development director, Michelle Alexander, also will play a key role.

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Traditional public housing is no more in Sandy Springs. One county-run property is being rehabbed and converted to a public-private affordable housing partnership, while the other will be sold and demolished. The apartment towers at 144 Allen Road, which provide affordable housing to seniors and people with disabilities, is in the midst of a $10 million renovation in partnership with the Benoit Group and the Raymond James investment firm. Renamed Sterling Place, the 100-unit Allen Road building is changing from county-run public housing to voucher-based subsidized housing. And the nine-unit public housing complex at 151 W. Belle Isle Road is being sold to a shopping center developer

for use as parking. That aging property is too expensive to maintain, said Teresa Davis at the Housing Authority of Fulton County. The federal government is “really trying to get out of the business of public housing,” Davis said. Instead, it is encouraging voucher-based programs and other solutions. Rehab on the eight-story Allen Road complex’s east tower was completed earlier this year. Late last month, residents began moving out of the west tower for rehab there, targeted to finish next February. The residents are temporarily living at three private apartment complexes in Sandy Springs, with HAFC paying the difference in their rent, Davis said.

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have more deliveries heading for the loading docks off West Belle Isle Road. Residents are concerned that, with even less room, trucks would be forced to line up on the street, and would discover there is no turnaround room. Parking is another concern. The existing shopping center is “underparked,” with fewer spaces than current code requires, according to the city. EDENS and Kroger are seeking a variance to allow 599 parking spaces instead of the required 910. Purchasing the public housing would allow adding more parking later, and in the meantime, EDENS has talked about using it as a construction staging area for the Kroger project, residents say. But, Wendlandt said, officials in a recent meeting said “it’s not likely that

[construction stage] will happen,” leaving open the question of where that major work would happen. The Housing Authority of Fulton County already had plans to sell the nineunit West Belle Isle public housing building, dating back to 2012. Teresa Davis at HAFC said the apartment building, built in 1966, has “outlived its usefulness” and is “very expensive to maintain.” Davis said the property is currently under agreement for the sale to AmREIT, the center’s former owner, which EDENS recently acquired. If and when the deal closes, the public housing tenants will get a 90-day notice to move, help in finding new housing, and subsidizing housing vouchers to maintain their ability to pay rent. “Rest assured, they won’t be put out on the street,” Davis said.

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Counselors deserve same recognition as teachers I have been an educator for 30 years and a counselor with DeKalb County Schools for the last 14. Currently, I am privileged to work at Dunwoody High School, which is shining under its new administration. Our students are getting accepted at top colleges around the country, as well as at the University of Georgia, Emory University and Georgia Tech. A strong team of counselors is critical in establishing a successful high school experience for each and every student, yet parents and community members are often unaware of the many services counselors provide to students. We provide assistance to all students, not just those who are highly gifted or have learning disabilities. In addition to aiding students with class selection, counselors help students in all areas of academic achievement, including assisting students with the very complicated and detailed college application process, encouraging understanding and tolerance in a multicultural and diverse population, and working with at-risk students in an effort to reduce the drop out and failure rates. Counselors do much more. We stand ready to assist in ways that others cannot even imagine. We are there for not only the students, but for the school staff, as well. Many times we are the ones students turn to when they feel there is no one else who can help them in navigating the murky waters of adolescence. We help students cope with a

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Forget country music, I’ve got the blues Today I’m going to explore two of the most popular musical genres of the South: country music and the blues. I’m a blues girl, myself. Now, I realize that there’s a fine line between the blues and country music, and that’s a line that I don’t want to cross. I’ll go as far as bluegrass, but I stop there. You might say that both of these musical genres are forms of artful whining. But the difference between the blues and country music is the difference between telling it like it is and ruthlessly exploiting my emotions. If I happen to hear a country song that starts off with a letter stuck to an old oak tree, I switch the radio dial, because whoever wrote that letter is going to die. And that will make me cry. And I don’t want to listen to a song and cry unless I’m watching Les Miserables. With the blues, you start down and you stay down, and those minor chords make it kind of fun while you’re down there. Not so with country music. You’ll be Sittin’ Knee-Deep in the Water Somewhere and the next thing you know, you’re being showered with tears that are pouring down on you from Holes in the Floor of Heaven. Don’t jerk me around like that. I don’t want to be having a rollicking good time with my red Solo cup in hand and in the next moment witness my daughter growing up too quickly before my very eyes while plumbers and other sages are telling her that she’s going to miss this when it’s gone, which starts me spiraling straight into a Sunrise, Sunset melancholy. Stop it, already! With the blues, I know what’s coming. There will always be a minor scale and a major problem, and it will be played out in a very reliable fashion. There will be a 12-bar chord progression, three-

line stanza and double entendre. If I miss the first line of a verse, I don’t have to worry because it’ll be sung all over again-right away. ROBIN JEAN With the blues, there MARIE CONTE will be an isROBIN’S NEST sue with a spouse—he’s either cheating or leaving. If it’s a Sad, Sad Sunday, I know it’s because my baby has to go. If there’s nothin’ I can do as you leave me here to cry, I know that my love will follow you as the years go passing by. If you’ve been meetin’ your man, baby, down at the local laundromat, then I know that someone’s done got wise and daddy ain’t going for that. You see? There are no surprises with this musical genre. I respect the blues. There’s integrity in them thar lyrics. It might sound real sweet to have some slick country music cowboy singing to you about how the July moonlight shines, with “your pretty little head” on his shoulder—but I’ve heard that line before. A blues singer will compare his woman to a whiskey store, and that sounds a whole lot more honest to me. I’m not trying to convert you. I know you’re happy with your trucks and sunshine and cutoff jeans, your Keith Urbans and your Carrie Underwoods. But I’ll take B.B. King every time. Robin Conte is a writer and mother of four who lives in Dunwoody. She can be contacted at robinjm@earthlink.net.

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Helen

Okay, so the faux-Bavarian is a tourist trap, but Helen also has its charms. Oktoberfest offers kitschy fun, while the annual Balloon Race in June is a must-see. Unicoi State Park is just north of town, offering swimming, fishing, canoeing, kayaking and playgrounds.

Cleveland

The town bills itself as the “gateway to the mountains” and has plenty to offer in way of shopping and dining. The historic courthouse square area has eclectic shops, restaurants and even a soda fountain. The old courthouse has been turned into an interesting museum, but Cleveland was really put on the map as the home of the Cabbage Patch Kids. Be sure to visit Babyland General Hospital to see how the kids are born and maybe adopt a new bundle of joy.

Dahlonega

The town was made famous as the site of the first major gold rush in the U.S., but is now known for its vineyards and wineries. After you’ve had a tipple, head to the town square to visit the shops, restaurants and art galleries. The annual Gold Rush Festival in October attracts thousands to the city.

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Located along the Appalachian Trail, Hiawassee is home to Lake Chatuge, a TVA reservoir popular for swimming, boating, jet skiing, paddling, sport fishing and other water sports. The Georgia Mountain Fair is held at the fairgrounds each summer and the Fred Hamilton Rhododendron Garden is in bloom April to late May with more than 3,000 azaleas and rhododendrons.

Rabun Gap

The town is home to The Hambidge Center, a nationally known retreat for writers and artists, and Southern victuals mecca The Dillard House is nearby. The Sylvan Falls Bed & Breakfast Inn offers a quiet and relaxing retreat in the shadow of Wolf Valley, which has become a favorite spot for photographers to capture images of the waterfalls. The Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School offers events and theater productions year round.

Clayton

This mountain town has a multitude of antique and craft shops, restaurants and two vineyards to explore. For the adventurous, go white-water rafting on the Chattooga River or wander through the Chattahoochee National Forest, which offers camping, trails for horse enthusiasts, waterfalls and overlooks.

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Live butterflies have visited the Dunwoody Nature Center annually for more than two decades. But people won’t see the hundreds of colorful guests flying in a mass migration into town. Before they go on display, the showy butterflies ride from Florida on a truck, asleep in a simulated state of hibernation. Ashley Jones and her father now own the traveling butterfly exhibit that had been SPECIAL part of the Greathouse Ashley Jones, along with her father, owns Butterfly Farm in Earthe traveling butterfly exhibit that will letown, Fla. The farm bring the insects to the Dunwoody Nature closed in January and Center’s annual festival on Aug. 15. owner Zane Greathouse hired Jones to care for the 100 acres of land and for his ing, and those tents are a prime examnearly 90-year-old mother, Jones said. ple of being back in touch with nature,” “It was sort of a family business beMothner said. “You’re in a tent with cause we all worked there, but we’re hundreds of butterflies flying around. not related [to the Greathouse famiThere’s no other experience like it.” ly].” Jones said. “Some of my family In addition to Monarch butterflies, and some of my friend’s family worked which the Nature Center’s 22nd annuthere.” al butterfly festival will focus on as part Before the Aug. 15 festival, Jones and of its Milkweed Project, Jones and her a handful of family members will load family are bringing Zebra Longwing, up a rental truck for the seven-hour trek Common Buckeye, Sleepy Orange, Gito Dunwoody. ant, American Black and Tiger SwallowOnce there, they set up a pair of tents tail species of butterfly. filled with butterflies and plants the butThe Monarch butterfly can live up to terflies feed on. Jones and “Professor eight months, Jones said, but most speMullet,” the character her father plays, cies of butterfly live only two to four each host a tent. They teach about the weeks, depending on the season as much lifecycle of the butterfly and why it’s an as the species. important pollinator, along with bees Jones and her father grow butterflies and bats. in greenhouses that have the proper host Alan Mothner, the Nature Center’s plants, such as the milkweed for caterexecutive director, said once people vispillars that will become Monarch butit the festival, they look forward to it all terflies. year until the next one. “They lay eggs on plants and grasses, “We’re all about experiential learnso you have to have the right plants for

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the specific butterfly,” she said. “They lay their eggs, they hatch, and the caterpillar eats the food, makes a chrysalis and emerges. Then it starts all over again.” Though the butterflies exhibited at this year’s Butterfly Festival will return to Florida, some butterflies leave their farm home for good, Jones said, shipped in special containers via priority overnight FedEx. Her business sells some butterflies that are to be released -- customers as far away as Canada purchase the butterflies for release during special events such as birthday parties, weddings and funerals. “We fold the wings up as if they were resting and put them in an insulated box,” she said. “We have ice packs at the bottom, separated by a barrier so [the butterflies] don’t get too cold. It puts them in a hibernation state.” Cooling and shipping butterflies extends their lives, she said, because of the hibernation state. “When it gets cold here, they fold their wings and rest until it warms up,” Jones said. That’s how they travel for the annual festival as well, she said. Jackie Sherry, the program manag-

er for the Nature Center, said visitors to the tents will be expected to follow the rules set by Jones and her family. Because more than 3,000 people come to spend time with the butterflies, each group of 20 people will have between seven and 10 minutes in the tent, Sherry said. Jones said visitors will be given sticks to hold and a sugary substance like Gatorade to put on the sticks to encourage the butterflies to land on them. Though many people treat the butterflies with respect, accidents do happen, Jones said. Sometimes, someone will accidentally step on a butterfly or a child might get nervous and shake the sugary stick too hard, she added. “Throughout the day, usually about 10 butterflies end up not making it,” Jones said. The end result is education as much as entertainment, Mothner said. He wants to show people how important butterflies are for the environment and give people a chance to check them out up close. “We want people who might be scared of bugs or butterflies to come in and realize how beautiful they are,” Mothner said.

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An Open Letter to the City of Sandy Springs from Caroline Mayson on the Ashton Woods / Mercedes-Benz Development Proposal Pending action in front of the City of Sandy Springs Council has created community discussion – and much misinformation – about the proposed development by Ashton Woods Homes and Mercedes-Benz on Abernathy Road. As the owner of this property, I would like to address several concerns and tell you why this proposal is good for Sandy Springs. When I decided to sell my property, I felt that we could avoid the development mistakes that have been made in the past. Too many developments have been built with excessive density, high impact on our infrastructure, and a disregard for the legitimate needs of our community. That is not what I wanted for my city, and that is why I required each potential buyer to submit their development plans to me as part of their proposal. All of the plans I reviewed included shopping centers, multiple high-rise office buildings, high-density apartment complexes and overbuilt mixed-use developments – all but one. The Ashton Woods/Mercedes mixed-use development plan includes low-density, fee-simple residential homes, office space for Mercedes-Benz, concierge-style apartments and an upscale retail area. It is the best and least impactful plan for this property and for Sandy Springs. GREEN INITIATIVES The Ashton Woods/Mercedes plan as submitted contains – by far – the most green space of all the proposals we have seen. In fact, 38 percent of the 76 acres (29 acres) will remain green, far more than any other comparable developments in the city. Other environmental issues to consider: • Tree canopy: there will be minimal mass grading on the north parcel, which has the vast majority of trees on the property. The interior of the south parcel is treeless pasture, and most of the trees around the perimeter of the south parcel will remain intact after development. • Walking paths: miles of public access walking paths throughout the development will allow Sandy Springs residents to continue to enjoy the property for generations to come. Ultimately, these paths may connect to other green spaces throughout the community. • Sensitive design: Ashton Woods turned to DPZ, known for their Seaside project in Florida, to preserve as much of the property’s character as possible and to create an environment that is designed for pedestrians yet accommodates automobiles and mass transit. Expansive public green spaces are supported by human-scaled private and public architecture. • Stream buffers: along the streams and pond, buffers have been established to prevent impact to water quality and preserve the beautiful natural character of the property. • Water retention: not only will existing water areas be retained, but additional water retention ponds will be added to enhance the landscape, in many cases fed by natural, subsurface filtration. • Silva cells: Ashton Woods will incorporate silva cells into their plan to promote large tree growth while enhancing storm water management. TRAFFIC IMPACT Many people are concerned with the potential impact of traffic in the immediate area. That’s completely understandable. But what they don’t know is that traffic engineering studies conducted to the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority’s specifications and vetted by the city’s zoning staff found that traffic service in the area will be maintained, and even improved, over the next five years after accounting for projected growth from this development and that of the city. Here’s how: • Developer improvements: Ashton Woods/Mercedes is investing $3 million in surface street upgrades, such as new turn lanes and numerous intersection improvements. • Public improvements: The Georgia Department of Transportation has already approved and funded $1 billion worth of improvements for the GA400/I-285 corridor that includes significant upgrades to the GA400/Abernathy Road interchange, Abernathy Road, Barfield and Glenridge Drive. • A community for how people live: Ashton Woods’ plan is to build a community where people can live, work, and play in the same neighborhood. By placing a wide variety of housing options adjacent to Mercedes-Benz and other Perimeter employers, we see a true opportunity for area employees to live within walking distance of work, thus reducing traffic. This is a win-win for anyone. DENSITY CONCERNS A lot of the discussion centers around the density of the project, particularly the apartment component. Here is some information that puts those concerns in perspective: • Density math: The density of this project is a fraction of the density for other similar projects already approved or built in Sandy Springs. There is no tricky math here; by any measure the north and south parcels, together and separately, have some of the lowest density in the city. • Concierge-style apartments: The apartments next to the Mercedes-Benz corporate campus are luxury units with amenities that will command premium rents. Built by StreetLights Residential, a company well known for its exclusive, high-end projects throughout the south, these units will appeal to an affluent, sophisticated demographic. The number of units proposed is modest relative to the size of the property and this part of the project will provide an important alternative to single family housing for the city’s workforce. • Premium retail: The resident population on both parcels will support the small, but upscale, retail component on the south development with much-needed services in this part of town, including chef-driven restaurants. My family has had the privilege of maintaining stewardship of this property for more than 100 years and has been blessed with the opportunity to watch Sandy Springs blossom into a beautiful city with boundless potential. My parents’ commitment to this community resulted in the formation of Heritage Sandy Springs, the Sandy Springs Conservancy, and indeed, the creation of this wonderful city in 2005. Those values of supporting this community were passed on to me. Their legacy – creating a better Sandy Springs for future generations – continues with the proposed development by Ashton Woods and Mercedes-Benz. I urge you to voice your support for this well-conceived zoning application. Caroline Mayson

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