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Rausey Mason, a junior at North Atlanta High School, cuts ivy from a tree trunk during a cleanup event hosted by Park Pride at Mountain Way Common on Aug. 8. Volunteers helped with projects such as trail construction and maintenance, invasive plant removal and removing trash. See additional photos on page 2.
Demolition of the abandoned shopping center on Moores Mill Road could begin after the first of the year to make way for a new, $40-million center anchored by a Publix grocery store, City Councilwoman Felicia Moore said this month. It’s been a big song and dance,” Moore told members of the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods on Aug. 13, “but the project is going to happen.” Moore, who has been working on the project for about a decade, said she believed that demolition of the center at the corner of Moores Mill and Bolton roads would be scheduled during the first quarter of 2016. Edens, a South Carolina-based development company, is ready to move forward with the project, which would include a 45,000-square-foot Publix supermarket, retail shops and apartments, Moore said. Invest Atlanta, the city’s economic development arm, committed $500,000 for a road extension that would create a signalized entrance to the mixed-use project. Moore said an additional $800,000 is needed to build the road extension that would connect Moores Mill to Marietta SEE MOORE, PAGE 3
Margaret Mitchell didn’t live here, but this neighborhood keeps her name on the map BY JOHN RUCH
The famed author of “Gone With the Wind” never lived in the Buckhead neighborhood that now bears her name. As the local Margaret Mitchell Civic Association puts it, “Peggy never lived this ‘far out.’” But residents love the unusually named neighborhood for its greenery, family-oriented environment and outstanding schools. “People are desperate to get into our neighborhood,” says Kate Burke, who knows the Margaret Mitchell neighborhood as both a local real estate agent and as a resident of leafy Sequoyah Drive. She lives there with husband, Wells, son Owen, daughter Margaret, and dogs Foxy and Eena. The civic association defines the neighborhood as running along West Wesley Road to the west of I-75, roughly between Moores Mill Road and Nancy Creek. The neigh-
borhood took its name, the homeowners group says in its website, from a local elementary school named for the Atlanta writer whose friends called her “Peggy.” The local school now is named for Atlanta busiWhere nessman Morris Brandon, whose sons contribYou uted the land. Live Burke said schools help define the neighborhood. “We are sandwiched between the best public elementary school and the triad of the three best private schools,” she said, referring to the Lovett School, Trinity School and The Westminster Schools. The schools have helped spark a “complete transformative turnover” in demographics, she said. “It used to be empty-nesters. Now it’s strollers,” she said. SEE MARGARET, PAGE 4
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Police install car tag readers If you’ve stolen a car, have an expired tag or no insurance, new tag reader technology installed in some Atlanta Police patrol cars will know immediately. Zone 2 Commander Van Hobbs told the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods at its Aug. 14 meeting that the tag readers were operational and in use in the community. Hobbs said the camera technology constantly scans motor vehicle licenses plates on the streets. If the car is reportB RI E F S ed stolen or has a violation, the patrolman behind the wheel is alerted instantly. Hobbs said similar tag readers have been installed in Buckhead Atlanta’s parking areas and will soon be at Phipps Plaza and Lenox Square malls.
17 restaurants sign up for Taste of Buckhead Seventeen restaurants have signed up to take part in the annual Taste of Buckhead event in September. These restaurants have said they will join the event: Davio’s, Nancy G’s Cafe & Neighborhood Bistro, Seasons 52, Buckhead Diner, Holeman & Finch Public House, Bhojanic, F&B Atlanta, Rock’s Chicken & Fries, Doraku Sushi, Coast Seafood & Raw Bar, Twist Atlanta, Le Bilboquet, Del Frisco’s Grille, Ocean Prime Restaurant, Georgetown Cupcake, Gypsy Kitchen Atlanta and Nox Creek Lounge Hotel Bar. The event, sponsored by the Buckhead Business Association, runs from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 24 at the historic Buckhead Theatre. General admission tickets are $50 and VIP tickets are $75. For more information, call 404-467-7607. To purchase tickets: www.buckheadbusiness.org/taste-of-buckhead.
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Boulevard. Moore said she is awaiting word on possible funding from the Atlanta Regional Commission in September. She said if that didn’t work, she had other funding ideas including using money from the city’s recently approved infrastructure bond. In June, Atlanta City Council voted to provide $800,000 to help complete the project because federal funds for the road extension had been held up in Congress. Moore had ushered through an or-
dinance to use money from the city’s transportation impact fee fund before the developer walked away, but wound up voting against her own legislation when an amendment was added by Councilmember Keisha Lance Bottoms to allow council members to use the impact fee fund for projects in their districts. Council members were warned that spreading the unallocated impact fee funding to all the districts was not allowed under current city guidelines and could face a legal challenge. The council ultimately repealed the legislation.
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“It’s a very, very young neighborhood.” “I ride my bike with my son to kindergarten” at Morris Brandon, she said, describing the daily parade of parents. The neighborhood is largely comprised of single-family homes, including many 1950s ranch-style houses on large lots. Burke said that demand is so high, the latest three home sales were unlisted, and one went for $90,000 above the asking price. The Margaret Mitchell Civic Association is a major local organization that has a seat on the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods. The $250 annual membership fee pays for a private security patrol and several ongoing social events and seasonal parties.
Burke said she’s partial to the “Wine Not? Ladies’ Night Out.” Held four times a year, it’s an event where attendees bring a bottle of wine and their own glass so the host doesn’t have to clean up. “That’s one of the better events for ladies,” she said. “The best event in our neighborhood is Halloween,” Burke said. “Everybody goes down to the Morris Brandon Primary Center dressed up” and enjoys a free dinner. “Then the trick-or-treat is on. It’s crazy—so crazy I have my mom visit from Kentucky to man the door. You buy your candy at Costco, not at Kroger.” That’s one of the ways Margaret Mitchell is “a true neighborhood. People come out in droves.”
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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
want to drive everywhere, and in today’s market, they can “rent a place as nice any [house] they could dream of having.” Retired baby boomers are another growing demographic moving away from high-maintenance, single-family homes. Cameron said market experts estimate that by 2030, the number of U.S. renters age 65 and older will more than double to 12.2 million. With that kind of momentum, the question is not whether the Perimeter will have more apartments, but where they will go and how they will mix with their surroundings. The only slowdown in sight, Cameron said, is rents eventually outpacing incomes. “The thing we talk about a lot in our business is the affordable component,” Cameron said. “At some point in time, the millennial renter is going to say, ‘No mas.’”
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series with a performance by Banks and Shane, a high-energy band that plays popular favorites and memorable ballads. The concert series has taken over the Heritage Green at the Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn for one Sunday evening each month for the past 19 years. Free and open to the public; suitable for all ages. Donations welcome. 6100 Bluestone Rd., Sandy Springs, 30328. For more information, go online to sandyspringsga.gov or call 404-851-9111.
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MAKING A DIFFERENCE
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. ReporterNewspapers.net. 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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Most people mainly associate Girl Scouts with their popular eponymous cookies, but Dunwoody High School senior Sydney Holmes is proving that there is so much more to Girl Scouts than Samoas and Thin Mints. In her junior year, Sydney, who has been a Girl Scout since seventh grade, was horrified to discover that Atlanta is the number one city in America for sex trafficking. Sydney decided to devote her Girl Scout Gold Award project, entitled “Human Trafficking: Stop it HERE and THERE,” to fight human trafficking through increasing awareness. With the help of local author Lorraine Fast, Sydney created a seminar that she led at a local after-school center for over 100 children. “Because the subject matter itself of trafficking is very graphic and not appropriate for younger children, my project was not to educate about trafficking, but how to remain safe and be aware of their surroundings, and know who trustworthy people are to help them make safe decisions,” said Sydney. “My seminar started with [training in] ‘good touch/bad touch,’ ‘stranger danger,’ knowing the ‘friendly enemy’ (the potential trafficker) and the tricks they use to lure kids in, and cyber safety.” Sydney was not content simply helping children locally. On a mission trip to Costa Rica, she donated items to an after-school clubhouse, had all seminar materials translated into Spanish and helped give the seminar six times at four different schools, reaching 250 children. “I wanted to teach children in my community [and in Costa Rica] that is
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OK to tell an adult ‘no’ if they want to touch your private areas or take inappropriate pictures, or ask you to keep secrets from your parents,” she said. For her work fighting human trafficking, Sydney was honored as Scout of the Year by the Dunwoody/Sandy Springs Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter and placed third in the state of Georgia. “Sydney has shown that she is diligent, she follows through on all projects, she is a team player and she can accomplish tasks in a courteous and timely manner,” said Sydney’s Girl Scout Troop Leader, Bobbe Gillis. “Sydney lives by the Girl Scout law and upholds the principles of scouting in all her interactions. It has been a pleasure to watch her grow socially, intellectually and emotionally. I believe she is well equipped to excel in a college environment.” Outside of Girl Scouts, Sydney is coconsul of the Latin Club and participates in cross country, track and field, and chorus. Her favorite subjects are social studies and Latin.
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Morris Brandon Elementary School’s construction will continue at both its campuses, but the first phase of renovations is complete, school oﬃcials say. The school’s Primary Center, which opened in 2009 for kindergarten through first grade to alleviate overcrowding, now also contains a media center, three new classrooms and two oﬃce spaces, Principal Kara Stimpson said. The expansion was completed over the summer, Stimpson said. The first phase of construction began in May and the second phase is scheduled to be completed by December. A groundbreaking took place in July, Stimpson said. The 13,474-square-foot project expands and renovates the existing primary school, which was originally built in 1954. Extensive renovations in 2009 added a three-story classroom wing and added to the auditorium. The current addition, scheduled for completion in December, consists of a gymnasium/auditorium, relocated media center, new music room, additional classrooms, oﬃces and support spaces, and a unified, terraced soccer field / playground and play court.
The second phase involves ongoing work for adding space so second graders can join the Primary Center. One gym, one music room and four traditional classrooms will be available for programming. “As a two-campus school, it will be huge for us to have the teachers in their own classrooms,” Stimpson said. Jere Smith, the director of capital improvements at Parrish Construction Group, said the Atlanta Public Schools several years ago adopted a model design for several schools, including Morris Brandon, that allowed separate buildings to house diﬀerent grades. “It served the student population better to have the school remain together, but split the campuses [to combat crowding],” he said. Now that the new playground is open, students and parents are getting more excited about the renovation, Stimpson said. “They’ve been expecting to see this for a few years and they are excited to know we are going to have the space we need,” Stimpson said. “There are some growing pains, but overall people are really excited.”
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ing her backpack, a second man armed with a handgun also ran up to her. She was able to run to the building. Witnesses reported seeing a light-colored sedan in the parking lot, possibly occupied by another suspect. The suspects took items from a Honda Accord before robbing the woman.
The following information was provided to the Buckhead Reporter by the Zone 2 precinct of the Atlanta Police Department from its records and is presumed to be accurate.
block of Howell Mill Road— Four men returned to a gas station after two of them previously had entered to pay for gas. The suspects entered the location on foot from a parking lot on Beck Street. The first man brandished a handgun and held an employee at gunpoint while a second man entered the cashier’s cage and took money. After retrieving the handgun from the first man, a third man ran to the rear of the store where he encountered another victim near a cooler. The fourth man remained at the front doors to the business with his face concealed, not allowing anyone to enter or exit the store. After obtaining cellphones, $23 in cash from a worker and approximately $1,000 in cash from the register, the four men fled on foot, northbound toward Beck Street and then westbound out of the eye of cameras.
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block of Lindbergh Drive—While a man was walking, a black Toyota Camry pulled beside him. Two men got out. The first man flashed a black handgun in his waistband while the second grabbed the victim’s Metro PCS flip phone and the keys to his 2010 Audi. The suspects ran back to the suspects’ vehicle and were driven away by an unknown male. The man said he waited 30 minutes to report the robbery because he was afraid.
block of Faulkner Road—A man armed with a black handgun ran up to a woman outside a gym and demanded money as she walked across a parking lot to enter a building. As she was surrender-
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block of Roswell Road—Two men started arguing after one pulled the other’s girlfriend’s hair. One of the two began choking the other. The man being choked then struck his attacker with a glass bottle. The man hit with the bottle sustained visible cuts to his forehead and was taken to a hospital for further treatment. The patrol oﬃcer noted one man was highly intoxicated and neither party wanted to prosecute. Several witnesses corroborated the accounts that the man who was struck with the bottle started it.
block of Peachtree Road—A man became upset with employees and patrons of a bar and they attempted to calm him down. Witnesses said he pulled a handgun from his waistband and began randomly pointing it at patrons and
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block of La Dawn Lane—A garage door was left open and a Craftsman Fast Guide lawn tool and a Craftsman weed eater were taken. A neighbor reported seeing a man in a maroon or red Ford Windstar Van speed out of the victim’s driveway.
block of Northside Drive—A house’s front door knob was damaged and a rear door was pried open. An oﬃce safe that contained $7,000, two necklaces, a Gucci watch, a Movado watch, a men’s bracelet, a 48-inch RCA flat-screen TV and a PlayStation 4 were taken.
block of 26th Street—An apartment was robbed after a dead-bolt door lock was pried open. A pillow case, a wooden jewelry box that contained miscellaneous jewelry and an Apple iPad mini were taken.
block of Northside Drive—An
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block of Club Drive—A garage door was discovered open and several boxes of ceramic tiles, two Black and Decker drills and two six-gallon buckets of paint were taken from a house that was under construction.
block of Paces Ferry Road—An Apple MacBook laptop and jewelry were taken from an apartment.
block of Northrope Drive—An Apple
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block of Wildwood Place—A neighbor, hearing noises near her home, looked out a window and saw someone entering her neighbor’s window. When the first police oﬃcer arrived, he saw the suspect inside the residence moving items and looking around. When a second officer approached, the suspect was alerted and fled the residence, jumping a fence. A shoe, a sock and a book bag were recovered. Police spotted the suspect walking nearby and arrested him after a brief chase.
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block of Roswell Road—A glass door was broken and an antique clock and digital camera were taken.
block of Piedmont Road—An alarm was discovered deactivated at a business. It had been left in a sink with water running. Approximately $37,106 was taken from the oﬃce safe and $250 was taken from each of the registers.
block of Cheshire Bridge Road—Surveillance footage captured a suspect entering a restaurant through the rear patio door. Two bottles of alcohol were taken.
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block of Hollywood Road—A security oﬃcer at a construction site, who was completing rounds, noticed a rear sliding glass door open and three men inside. The suspects ran, dropping a pair of bolt cutters as they fled.
block of Defoor Avenue—A Stihl hand blower, trimmer, electric trimmer and Sear push lawnmower were tak-
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