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Neighbors may sue city over approved Ashton Woods housing plan BY JOHN RUCH


Heards Ferry Elementary School Principal Lisa Nash, right, greets the Gayles family, from left, kindergartner Grace, father Jonathon, sister Gabrielle, 3, and mom Pamela, during the first day of school at the brand new facility on Aug. 10. See more photos on page 19.

The Ashton Woods housing portion of the Mercedes-Benz USA headquarters project— whose plan now includes a new 14-acre public park—won approval from Sandy Springs City Council on Aug. 18 in a 5-1 vote. “It’s an imperfect project…but it’s a good project,” said City Councilman Andy Bauman, who, like his peers, said he wrestled with the pros and cons. But many opposing neighbors—including dozens wearing red shirts to the meeting to symbolize their opposition—may sue the city over the approval, an attorney and a neighborhood association leader said afterward. Matt LaMarsh of the Mount Vernon Woods Homeowners Association, a leader of local opposition, said residents are considering SEE NEIGHBORS, PAGE 20

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Should a new city park include parking spaces? That’s the question surrounding Windsor Meadows, a small neighborhood park planned for the floodplain at Windsor Parkway and Northland Drive. The addition of three parking spaces to the design is drawing concerns from some neighbors who worry it may attract shady strangers instead of local walkers. “Our plan involved a walking park with trails,” said Christopher Laird, one of three residents who spoke against the parking spaces at an Aug. 4 Sandy Springs City Council meeting. “We did not want this to be a destination park.” Officials say the parking is needed for maintenance and for people with mobility problems. And there is plenty of time to change the design, which the city recently submit-

ted to the state for approval. “We have some time to work these issues through,” said Linda Bain, executive director of the Sandy Springs Conservancy, which designed the park. She said she thinks the neighbors have valid worries, but “all things considered, that’s a fair number of [parking] spaces.” Everyone seems to agree that the park would be a welcome addition to the neighborhood. The 4-acre green space with trees, paths and benches would go on the site where three houses were ruined by a historic 2009 flood of Nancy Creek. The neighborhood park ties into city plans for sidewalks and a new pedestrian bridge on Windsor Parkway. For now, however, the city must wait for Georgia EmerSEE RESIDENTS, PAGE 20

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Michelle Alexander, the new community development director for the city of Sandy Springs, comes aboard at a crucial time. The city is embarking on a new Comprehensive Plan and a major reform of its planning and public input processes. In an interview at her City Hall office, Alexander said that kind of forward thinking is exciting. Sandy Springs is tackling the challenge of “creating urban activity in a suburban setting,” she said. “I see the city is working to reinvent [the way of achieving] that.” Alexander, who was hired last month, oversees the city’s planning, zoning, code enforcement and environmental review functions. She previously served as development director at the city of Chamblee, and has extensive experience consulting on master plans for many local communities, such as Dunwoody and Norcross. Sandy Springs is in the midst of that kind of planning. Its Comprehensive Plan is getting a thorough update. And the proposed planning re-

forms include a full rewriting of the zoning code, something Alexander has done before. While community development has many complex aspects and methods, Alexander said, it comes down to something pretty simple. “Change is going to happen,” she said. “Either you get to manage it, or it happens to you.” Sandy Springs is literally a textbook example of urban change—what used to be called “edge cities” sprouting in metro suburbs. “The Perimeter was a case study” in planning school, she said. By essentially reverse-engineering a city out of a suburb, Sandy Springs has given itself some big challenges. That includes the current effort to create a downtown—the City Center area— along Roswell Road’s strip malls. “The land development pattern designed for all of us to be in our cars hasn’t helped create a sense of place,” Alexander said in approval of that effort. People need places to “meet each other and see each other and have cel-

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ebrations.” In facing that challenge, Sandy Springs benefits from many assets, including thriving commercial areas and the “lush tree canopy in the interior of those neighborhoods,” she said. “Now sew it together and [discover] what’s our sense of place.” City government has good internal planning mechanisms, too, she said— especially with regular, direct communication between various city departments so that redevelopment efforts are unified. A self-described “data geek,” Alexander said the city can improve its comprehensive analyses of such classic community planning issues as traffic impacts. “The region cannot build its way

out of congestion,” she said. “We need to be much more innovative…This is a city ready to take leadership on some of those issues.” She emphasized that the Comprehensive Plan revision will include a wide range of public input and, besides the large overview, will give a few “sub-areas” some intensive planning. Those sub-area plans are “so critical and dynamic…especially when you’re trying to create a sense of place, which is hard sometimes from cookie-cutter suburban design,” she said. As cities go, Alexander said, “this is a baby” just starting to grow up in planning terms. “We aren’t the same people we were 10 years ago,” and overseeing the new vision of the city’s future is a “beautiful opportunity.”

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Democrat Taylor Bennett’s victory over Republican J. Max Davis in the Aug. 11 House District 80 election provided a rare win for his party in north DeKalb, and it effects the state’s political landscape. Democrats now control the Fulton County delegation and can block state constitutional amendments in the House. How much that will matter deJOE EARLE pends on who’s talking. The state Left, Republican J. Max Davis and Democratic Party chair, DuBose Porter, calls Bennett’s win a “turn- Democrat Taylor Bennett shake hands before a public forum at Oglethorpe ing point in Georgia politics.” State University on Aug. 6. Both were in Sen. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody), the running for the House District 80 on the other hand, says he’s “not seat, which Bennett won on Aug. 11. sure what it’s all going to mean.” Bennett took 54.5 percent of the vote in the district that includes ation with several Republicans fighting Brookhaven and parts of Chamblee, it out, rather than a sign of DemocratDunwoody and Sandy Springs. He will ic momentum. replace Republican Mike Jacobs, who “I think the Democrats ran a hard left the seat to become a judge. race,” Millar said. “They put a lot of “It’s just like playing football,” Benmailings out against a Republican cannett, a former Georgia Tech quarterdidate that were pretty harsh. They back, said in an Election Night interworked. view. “Enjoy the victory, but tomorrow “I don’t think it’s a bellwether for we’ve got to get back to work. There’s a anything,” he said. “But if I was a Demlot of work to be done and a lot of probocrat, I think I’d be emboldened.” lems to solve.” Millar acknowledged that Democrats Porter was enthusiastic about the imgained a strategic edge with Bennett’s pact of Bennett’s win in a traditionally victory, but he added that it remains to Republican district that said “yes” to his be seen how that plays out in upcom“progressive agenda.” ing battles. Strategically, it gives the Democrats “Technically, they have control of a one-seat majority in the Fulton delethe Fulton County delegation,” Millar gation, and tips them over the one-third said. “But again, you’ve got to get things margin of House seats needed to block through two chambers [in the General potential constitutional amendments on Assembly]…I’m not sure what it’s all gosuch issues as “religious freedom” proing to mean.” tections previously shot down as anFor now, Bennett is sounding a spirti-LGBT rights. Bennett, whose mothit of bipartisanship. He and Davis spoke er and sister are gay, made fighting such on Election Night, with each congratubills a key part of his platform. lating each other on the race. Bennett “It’s really kind of a turning point in said that mirrors his approach to the ofGeorgia politics,” Porter said, going as fice he will soon hold. far as describing Bennett’s win as a sign “I want to [have] open ears to everyof Georgia being a swing state in the one in the district, regardless of political 2016 presidential election. affiliation,” Bennett said. Porter said the win also sends an is“I reached out to Taylor Bennett, sue-based message to the state GOP. said, ‘Congratulations,’” Millar said. “Republicans have felt very comfortable “I’m happy to talk to him and go from cutting education, cutting the HOPE there.” scholarship, not expanding Medicaid,” According to unofficial results from the he said. “But these are issues people realGeorgia Secretary of State’s Office, 4,977 ly care about.” votes were cast in the election. Bennett Davis, in an Election Night interearned 2,714 votes and Davis 2,263. view, had a different view of a race that Bennett praised his campaign team’s involved some bitter, partisan campaign hard work for beating Davis, Brookhavflyers. Davis was repeatedly targeted en’s first mayor and the son of a former over accusations that he engaged in sexstate representative. ual harassment while mayor and was in“Two and a half months ago, no one volved in a cover-up. “Obviously, the knew who we were, and we had zero politics of personal destruction played a dollars in the bank,” Bennett said. big role in this race,” Davis said. “A lot Asked about any plans to continue in of falsehoods and untruths were thrown public service, Davis said his focus will my way.” be on his family and his business in the Millar agrees and suggested that Bencoming months, and “rebuilding my nett’s win came out of a particular situreputation” for his children’s sake. SS


Bennett: ‘I’m up to the task’ Taylor Bennett won the District 80 seat in the state House of Representatives in a special runoff election Aug. 11. He will represent Brookhaven and portions of Sandy Springs, Chamblee and Dunwoody when the Legislature reconvenes in January. The Sandy Springs Reporter asked him five questions about his legislative plans. Here are his answers.


How are you preparing for the upcoming legislative session?


“how” I’ll approach my responsibilities as a representative for House District 80. Judge [Mike] Jacobs was a strong and responsible representative who served our district well regardless of his own affiliation, and I’ll be looking to do the same. Being open, transparent and accountable doesn’t have anything to do with my being a Democrat or another representative being a Republican, it’s just the way elected officials ought to conduct themselves.


Well, first and Your election foremost, I’m gives Demofinalizing a community crats numerical conoutreach plan. We made trol of the Fulton a point during our camCounty delegation. paign of trying to touch Very little of the camand connect with every paign centered on Sanvoter we could regarddy Springs, the porTaylor Bennett less of party or any othtion of your district in er characteristic, and I Fulton, and relatively intend to carry that approach forward as few Sandy Springs voters turned out. a state representative. In order for me to What do you think you’ll be able to be the best representative I can be for the add to the discussion in the Fulton people of Brookhaven, Sandy Springs delegation? and Chamblee, I’m going to have to be I’m looking forward to workaccessible, open, and listen and solicit ing with my colleagues in the input on all decisions. I’m really looking Fulton County delegation regardless of forward to that dialogue, and we’re gowhat party they belong to. Even with ing to roll out our community schedule the shift in numbers brought on by my very soon, so stay tuned. election, it’s still nearly even and we’re What do you plan to do as going to have to work together to make your first action in the the best decisions for Fulton County House? that we can. For all of the partisan talk brought on by this election and the nuI’m not sure there is a singular merical ramifications of my seat, I’m first action, but there’s a lot to truly just committed to being the best be done between now and the start of representative I can be and bringing an session. First and foremost, I’m looking open, cooperative, and forward-thinkforward to establishing relationships ing attitude and approach to the Generwith my new colleagues on both sides of al Assembly in January. the aisle. There are a number of bipartiYou’ve said publicly that san bills already in the works that I think your family and your objecwould improve the lives of people in our tion to the “Georgia Religious Freedistrict and in our state, and I’m anxious dom Restoration Act” were among the to see how I can support those ideas and things that originally interested you in hopefully move them along. I’ve also got running for a seat in the House. Do several ideas of my own I’d like to subyou expect similar legislation to come mit for consideration, which will mean up again next session? If so, what do meeting with party leadership on both you see as your role in the debate? sides of the aisle and working closely with legislative counsel to craft strong I do see RFRA coming up legislation. As soon as I get my commitagain this session, and I will tee assignments I’ll immediately get towithhold any specific comment until we gether with the respective chairpersons have its most recent iteration in print and other members so I can learn as and in the House or Senate hopper. I’m quickly as I can and be the best represennot going to speculate as to the specifics tative I can be for my constituents. of what exists currently as a hypothetiThere’s a lot to do, but I believe I’m up cal, however likely it may be to arise. As to the task. I’ve said many times before, however, The House District 80 seat there are no shades of gray in discrimihas been held for many years nation, and I’m always going to oppose by a Republican. What will you do any legislation that allows for any indidifferently as a Democrat? vidual group to be discriminated against on the basis of their race, gender, sexual I don’t think that my party aforientation, ethnicity, religion or any filiation has much to do with other such characteristic.


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“I think there’s nothing wrong in having a casino in Georgia.”

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“I would have mixed emotions. I would want to see more statistics on comparable cities that have legalized gambling in terms of crime rates and gambling addictions. And I would also have concerns about poorer families statistically spending more of their income gambling.”

“I would have to look at the pros and cons and see what is done in other states…I could go either way. I know it’s a cliché, but the devil’s in the details.”

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“I would be highly in favor of it. I’d be excited about it. I love to go to the casino. I love to go eat and I love to go gamble.”

“I think it would bring money and entertainment to the city — as long as there’s not a ton of casinos.”

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“Opposed. Because I like going on vacations to do my gambling.”

Josh Betts “I know in Florida a lot of the proceeds go toward education, so if there was some benefit to it I would be in favor of it.”

Amy Small

“Right now I do not have a stance on legalizing gambling in Atlanta. However, I do believe that many of the pros and cons balance each other out. For instance, the increase in tourism may attract a different crowd into the city, but on the other end it would bring in a lot of revenue. The revenue would then be put towards the HOPE scholarship, which would allow for more students to be awarded financial aid.”

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“I really don’t have a strong opinion either way. I wouldn’t support it or be against it. If people want to gamble, I don’t care. I don’t consider myself a big supporter of gambling, but I don’t think the government has the right to tell people they can’t do it since the state currently operates the only legal gambling in the state with the lottery.”

Bill Selvey

“I would support it — more revenue for the state to help fund programs. The lottery funds the HOPE scholarship. Maybe casino gambling can do the same.”

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“I would probably support it. Additional tax revenue would presumably reduce the tax burden on the citizens and retard future tax growth.”

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Apartment boom sparks debate about Perimeter’s future BY JOHN RUCH

An apartment development boom is reshaping the new Perimeter cities and sparking debates about density, traffic and quality of life. From the new Mercedes-Benz USA headquarters project in Sandy Springs to the old Hastings Nursery in Brookhaven, residents are packing neighborhood gatherings and city zoning meetings in order to push back against massive apartment plans. This week, an apartment proposal even triggered friction between cities, with Brookhaven’s mayor complaining of lack of input on a Sandy Springs border project. Yet, at the same time, city officials argue that mixed-use apartment complexes will give them attractive, walkable downtowns where outmoded, car-centered suburban strip malls now stand. That creative tension will continue along with the apartment trend, real estate and planning experts say. Apartments are the growth area of residential development, driven by “a switch from ‘I rent because I have to’ to ‘I rent because I want to,’” said Ron Cameron, a senior vice president at Colliers International-Atlanta who specializes in multifamily real estate investment. Millennials and retiring baby boomers drive the trend to create new “live-work-play” places such as Brookhaven’s TOWN/Brookhaven and Sandy Springs’ planned City Center project, according to Cameron. “The bottom line is, who wants to live in a place


Construction on One City Walk, located at the corner of Roswell Road and Hammond Drive in Sandy Springs, is underway. The mixed-use project will consist of 202 units as well as street-front retail space.

that’s not a place?” says Michelle Alexander, Sandy Springs’ director of community development. The irony is that Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs incorporated partly out of concerns that apartment projects were overwhelming single-family neighborhoods. Dense apartments have been viewed as generators of traffic, crime and infrastructure strains. Some new projects are replacing older apartments with new, luxury-oriented models,

but many of these criticisms remain. Two apartment-complex owners sued the city of Dunwoody in 2013, accusing the city of trying to force low-income apartments out of business. The lawsuit was dropped, but it illustrates the sense of tension in a city that the head of the Dunwoody Homeowners Association says is now roughly half homeowners and half renters. CONTINUED ON PAGE 8

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Apartment boom sparks debate about Perimeter’s future CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 happening. More than 2,400 apartRobert Wittenstein, a former Dunments are approved or under construcwoody city councilman and current tion at various sites on the Roswell Road DHA president, explained some of the corridor. The city made such developlocal concerns. “Apartment-dwellers ments a key part of its 2012 downtown tend to be more transient, tend to have master plan. In fact, it’s a partner in one less of a stake in the community,” he of them—the public-private City Censaid. “This is a great place to ter project, which pairs a new come, and we want [residents] City Hall facility with multito stay.” family housing. Co v er School system capacity is a The Sandy Springs City St o r y big infrastructure issue as well. Council is often split on “All of our schools have trailwhether apartment proposals ers…Every building that gets match those City Center goals built creates overcrowding in schools,” or are overdoing the density. A mixedWittenstein said, noting that applies to use project at 6075 Roswell Road that dense condo projects, too. came before the council last month was Density can also solve infrastructure a case in point. The council ended up problems. Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty approving the project—but also cut the Paul often points out that apartments number of apartment units by roughly located near workplaces should reduce 10 percent. the city’s notorious commuter traffic. The situation highlighted holes in Then again, Paul has reservations himthe city’s zoning code, including lack of self about the pace of the city’s aparthow to measure density or how to dement boom. fine “mixed-use.” The city is embarking “I don’t think we need to redevelop on a full rezoning and planning process Roswell Road all at one time,” he said at in part to get a better handle on the dea recent City Council meeting. velopment boom. At a glance, it looks like that’s already “When are we going to decide

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enough’s enough?” City Councilman Graham McDonald asked at that meeting. The 2012 City Center master plan contained projections for how many new apartments the area market would bear in coming years. After approval of a multi-use project on Roswell Road in July, the city passed the number of apartments it had projected for 2017 and was closing in on its 2022 numbers. Cameron said that is part of an Atlanta market boom. About 11,000 new multifamily units—including apartments and condos—have been built in the past seven quarters in metro Atlanta, he said. There is still plenty of demand, as suggested by rents continuing to climb: 5.5 percent last year and more than 7 percent higher so far this year. Millennials are a huge demographic that demands “mobility and flexibility” in housing, Cameron said. They don’t

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Family’s basement stocks ‘Mini Libraries’ for schools BY MARY HELEN KELLY Kissy Dabbs recalls when books overtook her Sandy Springs home after a book drive for the Mini Libraries program at Heards Ferry Elementary last year. “We had our entire dining room and foyer just full. We could lose children in these books!” she said. Dabbs and her two daughters provide the brains and a large part of the energy behind the Mini Libraries program sponsored by the Sandy Springs Education Force. Kissy Dabbs, center, with daughters The program, which foLiza Twari, 9, left, and Clara Twari, 10, cuses on supplying books generated the idea for the Mini Libraries to children who otherwise by starting a neighborhood library in the might not have access to basement of their Sandy Springs home. them, is active at three elementary schools in Sandy Springs -- Ison Springs Elementathe libraries program. ry, Dunwoody Springs Elementary and Irene Schweiger, executive director Lake Forest Elementary. In the last year, of the nonprofit, said, “These may be Dabbs said the Mini Libraries have prothe first and or only books these chilvided over 14,000 donated books to dren have for themselves. Putting these children at these elementary schools. books in the hands of these needy stu“Our big goal is just [to get] books in dents is a first step in encouraging a love hands,” Dabbs said. of reading and furthering their success Through the Mini Libraries, kids are in school and life.” invited to take two books a day that they The libraries are stocked solely from never have to return. Kids get to keep donations, all of which are sorted and the books themselves, share them with distributed from the home of Dabbs. their friends or form libraries of their “People drop off books all the time, own. which is fantastic. And it’s nice because The idea for the Mini Libraries began they know where they’re going. They’re when Liza, 9, and Clara, 10, decided to staying in this community, and they’re start a library in their basement for kids going to be read by the kids who later in the neighborhood. Dabbs, who had go to junior high with them, or the kids always fostered a love of reading in her who they play soccer with, or the kids daughters, full heartedly supported the who we see at Kroger,” Dabbs said. idea. Sandy Springs’ kids are the ones doThe girls soon realized that they lived ing most of the sorting of these books at in a neighborhood where books were the “sorting parties” Dabbs hosts at her easy to come by. About two months afhome. Clara and Liza both recall special ter opening their “Sisters Library,” they memories from the big sorts they have realized that more books were being doat their house. nated to the library than were being Liza playfully said sorting was her checked out. least favorite part because she can hardDabbs reached out to education adly stand to be surrounded by so many vocacy groups in the area to see where books and not be allowed to read them these books might be better used. The all. Clara said all the “hard labor” of Sandy Springs Education Force resorting was worth it when she sees the sponded to Dabbs and extended their impact these books are having in other helping hand in the process of putting kids’ lives. these books into schools for other chilDuring sorts, books are categorized dren to enjoy. to ensure they are being used in the most “They really gave us an infrastruceffective ways at schools. The donations ture and support which I didn’t expect,” are not only used to stock the libraries, Dabbs said. but are also distributed to teachers at The nonprofit purchased magazine schools when needed and available. holders on Craigslist that were made Teachers have been able to make reover by kid volunteers to house the quests through the program, and if books. Dabbs describes the Mini LiDabbs has the books available, they are braries program as a “no-overhead ingiven directly to the teachers. Dabbs stitution” based on volunteers and doworks with curriculum support teams at nations. Cardboard boxes are the only schools to find and fill the needs of each other supply the nonprofit purchases for school.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE tists, explorers, environmentalists and humanitarians who were pioneers in the technological world for these students to study. “For me, the best part of our experience was seeing kids realize everyday people like them can do amazing things. It was wonderful to watch kids connecting to the world around them and coming to believe that they really do have the potential to make a difference,” Long said. Dabbs says a long-term SPECIAL PHOTOS goal for the project is for it The family hosts “sorting parties” so books to be entirely “kid-run” from can be more effectively used at schools. start to finish. She hopes to get Whether it is 10 copies of “Stuart high school students involved Little” a teacher wants to use for a parin stocking the libraries at schools and ticular lesson or a collection of books on making it a program where kids are servmath and science, Dabbs says they caing other kids in the community. ter to as many requests as possible. She “We are one city says giving the teachand one communiers the books is “just Do you know an organization or ty, and even though another route to the we look very different individual making a difference same kids.” from street to street, in our community? Email Kerstin Long, it doesn’t have to be the math instructhat way. For the tional coach at High kids, they could care Point Elementary, recently worked with less. All they really want to do is share Dabbs. This summer Long mentored a books,” Dabbs said. group of fifth graders at High Point in If you are interested in volunteering, a math and technology camp. The Mini contact Kissy Dabbs at kkdabbs@gmail. Libraries provided biographies of sciencom.

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Brookhaven’s Marist School and and became head coach in 1985. In Buckhead’s Westminster Schools boast 2012, he became one of the state’s few two of the metro area’s longest-servhigh school coaches to break the 300ing head football coaches. Alan Chadwin mark. He has coached Marist to wick, in his 30th two state championyear at Marist, ships and his teams and Gerry Romhave won more berg, Westminthan eight of every ster’s coach for 23 10 games they’ve years, share more played. than longevity. Romberg came Both coaches to Westminster after have piled up imcoaching stints at pressive records public and private and regularly keep high schools, intheir teams in the cluding Dunwoody state championHigh and Washship hunt despite ington, D.C.’s Maworking at priret School, as well vate schools with as at the college levstrong academel at the Citadel ic programs. Both and the U.S. Coast coaches have an Guard Academy. In old-school com2009, he became mitment to highWestminster’s most school ball. winning coach. A “Over the years, Then there’s the championship reI’ve enjoyed the direct connection: mains elusive, but Romberg played Romberg keeps his opportunity to develop for Chadwick years teams consistent[and help] young boys ago during one year ly in the running, mature into adults we of middle school at including 18 trips can be proud of.” Marist. “He doesn’t to the playoffs— advertise that very including last seamuch,” Chadwick son’s 12-2 team— – GERRY ROMBERG, said with a laugh. and two to the state WESTMINSTER VARSITY “He is an excellent semifinals. FOOTBALL HEAD COACH football coach. He Both men said knows the game they thrive on the extremely well,” challenge of keepChadwick quicking their teams ly added. competitive and have a love for the Romberg said he’s proud he had a high-school game. chance to play for Chadwick—and “I just enjoy this age group,” Romhopes their schools will soon be schedberg said, praising Westminster’s harduled to play against each other, as they working students. “Over the years, were in the 1990s. I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to devel“You talk about consistency and op [and help] young boys mature into continuity, he’s the model of that,” adults we can be proud of. Sometimes Romberg said of Chadwick. “He’s the I feel like football is just a vehicle to most competitive guy I’ve ever met in help these young men progress into my life.” successful adults.” These days, Romberg said, few Chadwick says the power of his coaches stay put support staff and as long as he and Marist’s traditions Chadwick have. “A are part of what Find local high school lot of coaches are has kept him at the football schedules at going to bounce school for three dearound and chase cades. state champion“It’s the people ships,” he said, and and just the overthere is more NFLall environment at style pressure for schools to fire coachMarist,” he said. “It’s such a uniquees who don’t win quickly. ly wonderful place to work and to Chadwick was a star player at Deplay. ... Five of my varsity staff memcatur High and a record-setting quarbers played here [and] came back to terback at East Tennessee State. He coach.” was drafted by the Chicago Bears but Marist is famed for still using the ended up not making an NFL roster. running-game-based wishbone ofHe started coaching at Marist in 1976 fense. “We’ve been running it for 40-

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL plus years,” Chadwick said. “We’ve tweaked it a good bit.” “We don’t always have the types of athletes [opponents] do,” Chadwick said of Marist’s method of grinding opponents down. “You’re not going to see us run a lot of fakes, or a lot of razzle-dazzle.” “The more things change, the more they stay the same,” Romberg said of the concept underlying Westminster’s program. “We use the word ‘family.’ It’s the cornerstone of our program.” High-school football also goes through changes, often trickling down from the NFL. Programs to reduce concussions and other injuries are a big change these days. Chadwick said

took over a team struggling with coaching turnovers and off-field issues. Going up against a far su“It’s the people and just the overall perior Marist team, they battled to a 7-7 halftime tie. “Alan just went environment at Marist. It’s such a uniquely ballistic. [Marist] came out [afwonderful place to work and to play.” ter] the half and just blitzkrieged us” to win the game, Romberg re– ALAN CHADWICK, MARIST VARSITY FOOTBALL called. HEAD COACH But by standing their ground against a better team, “The kids realized I was dedicated to making this program as good as it can be,” he said. Chadwick recalls those battles fondly as well. “They knew us better than we knew ourselves,” he’s not a fan of most of them, calling ing the kids today not being as overly aghe said of the Romberg-coached them “conversations of mommas not gressive and physical as they need to be Westminster teams. letting ‘baby’ play football anymore.” to play this game,” he said. That’s why both coaches clearly wish Concussion-reduction efforts have Romberg said a game against Marist they had one more thing in common: been good, he said, but added, “I’m seewas crucial to his first season, when he more chances to play each other.



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Neighbors may sue city over Ashton Woods housing plan CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

taking the city to court, as several threatened to do in public comments. They allege the city improperly considered the plan as one parcel instead of two, making density calculations incorrect, among other issues. Hakim Hilliard, an attorney hired by unhappy neighbors, attended the meeting. “We’ll consult with [residents] and see if that’s still the case,” LaMarsh said. “We think that’s still the case. We’ll see if anyone else wants to join the fight.” The hotly controversial plan covers 75 acres along Glenridge Drive, straddling Abernathy Road. It combines the new Mercedes-Benz USA headquarters and Ashton Woods’ variety of single-family, condo and apartment homes. Some commercial space is in the mix as well. Mercedes is generally liked, while the housing—especially the 399 apartment units—have been debated, largely for traffic impacts. The council’s approval came with the condition of cutting the apartments to a maximum of 355—a nod to the neighborhood that drew some snorts and laughter from opponents. The project includes many traffic mitigations, including new turn lanes on Abernathy and other streets, along with bike lanes and new sidewalks. In addition, Mercedes agreed to delay building its “Phase II” main building—a nine-story tower—until larger road improvements are completed in 2021. The council, in its approval vote, pushed that back further to 2022. The property is currently owned by Caroline Glenn Mayson, who demolished her family’s historic mansion on the northern part of the site earlier this year amid local protests. In a major change to the plan, 14 acres of that site will now be preserved as a public park, complete with hiking trails and an existing pond, to be donated to the city. The park drew strong support from officials of the Sandy Springs Conservancy, a green space nonprofit advocacy group that plans many local parks.


Left, Ashton Woods property owner Caroline Glenn Mayson, seated, third from left, is joined by residents and officials at the Sandy Springs City Council meeting Aug. 18. Right, Ashton Woods opponents, wearing red as a symbolic protest to the city’s plans, crowd the meeting.

“Putting this in perspective, this is about half the size of Big Trees, which is our biggest park,” said Conservancy Executive Director Linda Bain. At least 100 residents and local leaders attended the meeting. Words of support came largely from business people and residents from around the city, while opposition speakers were largely from abutting neighborhoods. Besides traffic concerns, opponents also complain that Ashton Woods never engaged in a real input process, instead presenting an unchangeable plan. Various neighborhood suggestions, such as devoting the apartments to seniors and residents in need of assisted living, were rejected by Ashton Woods or city staff. “Shame on somebody for that [lack of input],” said City Councilman Ken Dishman, adding that he hopes an improved public input process will be one outcome of the Ashton Woods debate.

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gency Management Agency approval, which can take a year. The site was among several properties the city bought three years ago through the federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. The program helped the city buy flooded properties with the provision that they be kept as open space to manage future flooding. Last year, the Conservancy and the High Point Civic Association presented a community proposal to turn the Windsor Parkway parcels into a formal park. City Council agreed to provide $300,000 for the park. The plan needs approval from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency and its federal counterpart mostly to ensure that the park would not have permanent structures or hard surfaces that would block floodwaters. Last month, the city submitted the plan with only one city-added change: three parking spaces off Windsor Parkway. “[The parking spaces] will allow work crews parking access as they maintain the site, in addition to residents who may wish to park there,” city spokeswoman Sharon Kraun said in an email. “Street parking is not an option on Windsor Parkway.” The residents who complained at the



Aug. 4 council meeting said those spaces were a surprise. They expressed concerns that parking could attract outsiders and create safety and security issues. A 2014 civic association presentation about the park plan shows that parking was discussed. Some residents complained about people riding ATVs and illegally parking on the site. That led the city to post no-trespassing signs and install curbs across the former driveways of the flood-ruined homes. On the other hand, 30 out of 100 residents surveyed said they wanted to “explore” adding parking to the design. “If you’re going to have a park, you’re going to need a maintenance vehicle,” said Councilman Tibby DeJulio. DeJulio, who met with residents last month about the parking concerns, said he thinks “the chances are slim [the park would attract outsiders] because it’s not that big.” Bain said the design contains every possible amenity—not necessarily everything that will be built—because any future change would require another lengthy approval process. “You don’t have to build everything that’s in the plan,” Bain said.“I think the value of this is tremendous. We have really very little public space in Sandy Springs.”

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The version of the plan approved by the council, with 355 maximum apartments, was apparently still too much for City Councilman Graham McDonald, who voiced density concerns and was the only no vote. Most councilmen described the vote as a difficult one, but said they were swayed by the plan to include various housing types built around a corporate headquarters, which could allow company employees to walk to work. The large new park was welcomed as well. They also indicated that the lawsuit they fear more is one from Mayson or the developers, because that could wipe out the site’s zoning and let them build whatever they want. “It may not be the best plan, but it is the best plan compared to all the others I saw,” said Mayor Rusty Paul, weighing in despite not getting a vote under the city’s form of government. “I wish there was another answer…but there’s not.”

Brookhaven mayor protests Sandy Springs apartments An apartment development proposed for Old Johnson Ferry Road is sparking a Brookhaven-Sandy Springs border clash. Brookhaven Mayor Rebecca Chase Williams planned to appear at a Sandy Springs Planning Commission meeting on Aug. 20 to ask for a delay to allow Brookhaven to weigh in on the project. “As mayor, I intend to let Sandy Springs know that we, the next-door neighbors, are very concerned about the additional traffic, density and design of the development,” Williams wrote in an email blast to constituents earlier this week. Williams and Brookhaven City Councilwoman Linley Jones met with Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul about the plan on Aug. 17. Williams said Paul listened to their concerns in a “great meeting.” “He understood the problem with the traffic,” Williams said in an interview. “He wasn’t fully versed in all aspects of the project. The report hadn’t come to him yet, frankly.” Williams emphasized that the two cities continue to have a good working relationship “because we understand there’s no wall at any of our borders…It was in that spirit that we spoke.” Asked about the get-together with Williams and Jones, Paul said only, “We had a very good meeting.” Sharon Kraun, a spokeswoman for the city of Sandy Springs, declined to comment, citing the project’s pending zoning approval. The proposal calls for 305 apartments and 10,000 square feet of medical offices along the Old Johnson Ferry roundabout in Sandy Springs on the Brookhaven border, Williams said. Kraun said the developer is North American Properties. Williams, in her email, complained that Brookhaven officials and residents received little notice about the proposed development. “What upsets me the most is that we in Brookhaven only recently were informed of this project, and even the Sandy Springs planning staff report ignores the fact that Brookhaven residents are the closest neighbors to the project,” Williams wrote in the email. “My neighbors on Byrnwyck Road will literally look out on this five-story apartment project.”  –John Ruch SS


Police Blotter

TH EFTS  Morgan

Falls Road—A woman left her apartment from 12:45 to 2 p.m. She returned home and found it unlocked and $500 missing from her dresser drawer. She said a few weeks prior, she had $300 taken from that same drawer.

The following incidents and arrests are some but not all, of the reports filed with Sandy Springs police from Aug. 1-14.

 Okay,

The following information was provided by Capt. Steve Rose of the Sandy Springs Police Department from its records and the information is presumed to be accurate.



block of Northridge Road—On Aug. 1, a man said he was on the stairs in front of his apartment building around noon when he was approached by four men, one of whom pulled a gun and said “What’s this about you [expletive deleted] with my baby mama?” The four entered a car and then left. The man said he was having issues with his girlfriend (A.K.A. baby mama) and she hinted around to him that the father (A.K.A. baby daddy, I assume) would be over to see him. The identity of the man who pulled the gun (baby daddy) is known and warrants are currently out on him. He is being sought at this time.


block of River Chase Point—On Aug. 2, someone entered a home through a basement window that was forced open. Several items were taken from the basement as well as items from a car.

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en from a storage area.  8300 block of Roswell Road—On Aug.

12, a woman said she suspected her exboyfriend of coming into her home while she was gone and taking her hat, shoes, mirror, soap and, worst of all, toilet paper. Toilet paper? Are we not human?

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block of Mount Vernon Highway—On Aug. 13, someone threw a rock into the glass window of the Stein Mart at 3 a.m., trying to take Michael Kors purses on a display rack. They grabbed the purses, but they were wired together attached to the display so they grabbed clothing and left.

 Parkgate Drive—On Aug. 13, a woman

returned home and found an open back window, an unlocked front door and her apartment had been ransacked. She reported two laptops and a gold watch missing.

block of Trail Point—On  6000 block of Read more of the Aug. 2, a resident Aberdeen Drive— Police Blotter online at returned from out On Aug. 13, a of town and found ident reported a that someone had Roto-Tiller was entered the home and had taken several stolen from his carport. pieces of jewelry and cash.  5500 block of Glenridge Drive—On  4600 block of Roswell Road—On Aug. Aug. 13, a resident said that, while he was 3, employees of a painting company reat work, someone forced open the front ported that a spray-painting machine was door, came into his apartment and took stolen as were a couple of 100-foot extenseveral guns. sion electrical cords. The items were tak-

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I hate to see people lose good money and we all hate those bottom feeders who take it, but I gotta say if you had $300 taken from your dresser drawer, why did you put more money in the same place??!!

 8000 block of Roswell Road—On Aug.

3, a .380-calibre Beretta pistol was stolen from the Sandy Springs Gun Club. The suspects left in a blue Audi A4. An arrest was later made.

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block of Roberts Drive—On Aug. 3, a man reported lawn equipment had been stolen from his parked trailer. Those items include a Honda push mower, a Kawasaki push mower and a Stihl weed eater.

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block of Hammond Drive—On Aug. 4, employees of Einstein Brothers Bagels reported that an employee took $560 from the drive-through register. Video showed the employee removing the cash and placing it in his pocket. Warrants are pending.

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block of Roswell Road—A woman reported she cashed a check at the Best Bank and later used a $100 bill to pay a restaurant bill, where she was told the bill was counterfeit. She returned to the bank and they took it, swapped it for a good one, and said they would investigate.

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block of Mount Vernon Highway—On Aug. 6, a woman reported that she left her wallet at a fast food restaurant and, on return, discovered it gone. Later, three debit card transactions were found on the card.

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block of Winding River Drive— On Aug. 8, a patrol officer spotted a car parked behind a building in an area where

Fraud alert: Fake Fulton County officer phone scam In the first two weeks of August, multiple reports were made to Sandy Springs police about a phone scam where a caller pretended to be a Fulton County officer asking for money. Capt. Steve Rose wrote in his “Weekly Wrap” column that during the first week of August, a woman got a call from a Fulton County police officer regarding a warrant for failure to appear for jury duty. The caller told her he would need to arrest her and wait five days for her to make bond, but that she could pay the bond by mail. The woman sent a $900 Visa card to an address provided by the phony officer before realizing it was a scam, police reported. The following week, Rose wrote, a man identifying himself as “Lt. James Marshall with the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department” defrauded a 60-year-old woman out of $900. The caller said a warrant was in effect for her for contempt of court and failure to appear in court. He instructed her to go to Kroger and get two Blue/Orange Recharge Cards and put $900 on each. Two additional people reported similar calls, but they did not send money. Rose warns readers and all residents to stay wary of scams by phone regarding police matters. He reminds readers to stay “politely skeptical” and to ask questions. frequent criminal activity occurs. The car, a Nissan Rogue, was occupied. He ran the tag, which came back as a stolen Ford Expedition from Atlanta, taken on July 25. At that time, the car started up and drove out of the complex to Roswell Road. The officer followed and when the officer hit the blue lights, the car drove faster, heading north on Roswell Road. CONTINUED ON PAGE 22



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The driver headed across the river, into historical, fashionable and upscale Roswell. The car turned right onto Oxbo Drive and some other streets, where pursuing officers lost sight of the car. They found the car wrecked and abandoned on Grove Way and Myrtle Street. In the car, they found some Corona beer, Sky Peach Vodka, just under three grams of crack cocaine and an L.A. Lakers hat. The Nissan was not listed as stolen and is registered to a Nissan dealer in Morrow, Ga. The suspect is at large.

AS S A U LT  6000 block of Roswell Road—On Aug.

3, a man said he left a nightclub around 3:22 a.m. after drinking at the bar. He left and, while walking in the parking lot to his car, he was confronted by another man who said the victim owed him money for drinks that he consumed at the bar. The man asking for money punched the man walking. Three to four more people joined in punching the man before driving off in a Toyota Corolla. The man declined medical attention at the scene.

 4700 block of Roswell Road—On Aug.

9, a pizza delivery man said a brick was thrown through his window and someone shot at his car around 2:30 p.m., while he was at the Park 225 apartments. He said he delivered a pizza and two men were sitting on the stairs in front of the apartment. One man said something to him about brushing by him. The delivery man said they shouldn’t be sitting on the stairs then. The man got in his car and said he then heard a sound like a firecracker. He saw the same two, one of whom threw a brick into his windshield, who then ran.

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block of Mount Vernon Highway—On Aug. 3, around 11 a.m. cops were called to the library regarding a man creating a disturbance. Apparently, he was too loud and was asked by the staff to tone it down. He became loud and verbally abusive to the staff. The officers ap-

proached him and he continued to create a disturbance, using profane language. He was arrested.

O T H ER T H I N G S  Natchez

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ceiving a number of calls around 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., but the caller either hangs up or doesn’t say anything. On one call, the caller asked if the person was Rachael. She found that the calls were coming from Fulton County Jail.


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