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SEPTEMBER 2 - 15, 2016 • VOL. 10— NO. 18


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On Peachtree, ‘small-town feel’ makes way for ‘legacy’ project BY JOHN RUCH

Pumped up for the pigskin

Three properties at Peachtree and Roxboro roads are being sold in a “once in a generation” offering that could bring another landmark luxury tower to Buckhead. But the existing BP gas station on the corner is among the commercial and residential tenants uncertain or unhappy about being swept up in another old neighborhood’s rapid redevelopment. See ON on page 14


Joseph “Scoot” Dimon, center, assistant headmaster for Student Life at The Westminster Schools, along with varsity cheerleaders Maia Perri, Courtney White, Cristina Dalton, Catarina Prestia, Laurel Kazazian, Caroline Moulton, Margaret Silliman, Landis Collins, Julia Grady, Peyton Ruhmkoff, Grace Keleku, Mary Chapman Miller, Grace Nichois, Paige Price and Katherine deGolian, are more than ready for the 54th annual “Pigskin Picnic” tailgating event and pep rally before the Wildcats’ home opener on Aug. 26. Their football team eventually fell to Greater Atlanta Christian School, 19-16.


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OUT & ABOUT What excites me about football season is the camaraderie of its fans. Whether it is meeting new people at a tailgate or starting a fantasy league at your job, football season brings all fans together. Are you ready for some football?

Book Festival preview welcomes big names Pages 18-19

Artwork, event lawn in play for new Old Ivy Park BY GRACE HUSETH Art plays a major role in the design concept for the new Old Ivy Park along PATH400, revealed by Livable Buckhead and the city of Atlanta at an Aug. 22 meeting at Sarah Smith Elementary School. “We are envisioning a space that creates place,” said city urban planner Daniel Calvert of the design concept for the 0.7-acre park at 519 Old Ivy near Ga. 400. The concept, drawn up by Carlos Perez of Perez Planning and Design, includes some standard features, such as See ART on page 22



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can shoot the weapon. “We’re talking about smart guns and bringing them into our department,” he The state of policing in America is facsaid. ing a “difficult time,” including in recruitTurner talked briefly of the recent ing new officers, in the aftermath of nuBlack Lives Matter protests with thoumerous controversial fatal shootings by sands of people marching in the city’s white officers of black men, Atlanta Postreets to protest police killings of black lice Chief George Turner told the Buckmen. One of those protests went through head Business Association Aug. 18. Buckhead in July, and ended only after He also discussed dealing with gun Turner and Mayor Kasim Reed agreed crime, using security cameras to monitor to talk with marchers outside the Goverrecent protests, and the state of Atlanta nor’s Mansion. Police training. He spoke along with the He said Operation Shield – the city’s special agent in charge of the FBI’s Atsurveillance camera system that gives lanta Division, J. Britt police access to some Johnson, in a discus7,500 cameras throughsion facilitated by Dave out Atlanta – was utiWilkinson, president lized to watch protestand CEO of the Atlanta ers and send in officers Police Foundation. directly to locations “We’re in a difficult where they believed vitime,” Turner said. olence or other trouble The police shootings was occurring. of black men, broadcast “During the protests, over the internet and we were able to be disleading to the founding creet. Police through the of the Black Lives Matuse of CCTV [closed-cirter Movement, have also cuit TV] were able to deled to an armed vigilanploy officers in an effecDYANA BAGBY te shooting and killing Atlanta Police Chief George Turner tive manner,” he said. of five police officers in Turner was quesspeaks at the Buckhead Business Dallas, and a black man Association breakfast. tioned about the “Ferto kill three police offiguson effect,” a term cers in Baton Rouge. coined after the police “It’s challenging to recruit … with killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, what is going on in the national scene,” Mo., in 2014, that led to multiple protests. Turner said to a packed crowd at 103 The St. Louis police chief argued that inWest on West Paces Ferry Road. creased scrutiny on police led officers to “It’s not [hard to recruit] because of be hesitant to perform their duties, leadthe work,” Turner said. “But the chaling to an increase in crime and homilenge is changing the narrative of the cides. work we’re doing. It really requires all of Turner denied that was taking place us to do that.” in Atlanta. Turner said the department is looking “This city has one of the most extenat more aggressive ways to recruit, and as sively trained departments in the napart of that, is trying to identify ways of tion,” he said. That training includes 22 “what motivates a millennial,” he said to weeks in the academy and 12 weeks in some laughter. the field. “They [millennials] want to be in“We make sure our officers are prevolved in something to make a difference pared to police in an urban environ… come to the APD and be the change you ment,” Turner said. “Perhaps in areas we want to see,” Turner said. are seeing some push back, but we are Turner challenged residents to speak not seeing officers being soft on crime.” out and “push back” people who generalThe APD has partnered with the Georize that all police are violent. gia office of the National Alliance for the Turner also mentioned the need to get Mentally Ill to train officers on Crisis Inguns out of the hands of criminals. tervention Training (CIT). That training “If you look at the kind of violence is designed to educate police officers on we are seeing, we have to find a way to how to recognize those with mental illdeal with these weapons on the streets,” ness and how to respond appropriately. he said. “We see multiple gunshots, guns Britt of the FBI said his agency is there that can shoot 50 rounds.” to help all local police departments in Turner is advocating for “smart guns,” these difficult times, as Turner said, by guns that only allow the owner to pull monitoring social media, providing intelthe trigger. Smart guns utilize technololigence and gathering names of “bad acgy such as fingerprint recognition, metors” -- those likely to provoke violence tochanical locks or radio-frequency idenward local law enforcement. tification chips to ensure only the owner


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Condo under pressure after not paying $1 million in water bills BY DYANA BAGBY


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A state senator and former Atlanta City Councilmember are among those demanding the city of Atlanta collect some $1 million in water and sewer bills that have been unpaid for 15 years from a Buckhead condo homeowners association. State Sen. Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta), former Atlanta City Council member Derrick Boazman and community activist Michael Langford held a press conference Aug. 25 in front of the Phoenix on Peachtree Condominiums and asked for an investigation into the city’s Department of Watershed on how and why the condo’s water and sewer bills went unpaid to the city since 2001. They also urged the city to collect the $1 million. “It is almost incredulous to be standing in front of a tower that boasts a Buckhead address, with sales in this building upward of $1 million for some units, because either the watershed department, or the mayor’s office, or the City Council is giving away a million dollars in unpaid bills,” Boazman said. “And in the southwest [of Atlanta] they are turning off water for not paying. “You can’t just give away $1 million in free water,” Boazman said. A few residents of the condo at 2881 Peachtree St. have spoken out, saying they want to and should pay for the unpaid water bills that happened apparently because of a meter not operating correctly. The HOA did collect the fees from residents for water and sewer payments but did not use it to pay the bills, but instead put the funds in with the HOA’s general fund, said Jack Richardson, a financial anDYANA BAGBY alyst who has lived in At a press conference on Aug. 25, State Sen. Vincent Fort the condo since shortasked for an investigation into why the Phoenix on Peachtree ly after it opened in Condominiums had not paid water and sewer bills in 15 years. 2001. Richardson said at the Aug. 25 press conference he first noticed the unpaid water and sewer bills in a 2003 audit of the condo HOA, brought it the board’s attention, and thought the matter was going to be fixed. He learned again in early 2015 the bills were not being paid. “I still have a feeling it’s not going to be paid,” he said. “If anyone didn’t pay their bill for 15 years, their water would be turned off. Why do we get special privileges because we have politically connected board members?” Former Atlanta Superintendent Errol Davis is a resident of the condos and serves on the HOA board. Davis told broadcast partner CBS 46 last month that the condos were being over harged for water and undercharged for sewer usage for nearly a decade. “We have not been assessed any arrearages, and again that’s part of our understanding going forward, so I do not anticipate that we will be paying anything going forward,” Davis said. Lillian Govus, spokesperson for the Department of Watershed Management, attended the Aug. 25 press conference and answered questions, saying the condo tower has been billed for water but not sewer services. Whether the department will order payment on the unpaid water bills remains to be determined, she said. “This complex was charged for water,” she said. “This is not a forgiveness. This is not a million-dollar gift. It was a billing error on our part.” The water bill problems were fixed in 2015, she said, and the department is making policy changes to ensure something like this doesn’t happen again. City Councilmember Howard Shook, who represents Buckhead, called Boazman and Fort “two of the most disreputable figures in Atlanta.” The issue of paying back the money by the condo association is still pending, Shook said, despite the watershed department’s earlier stance that there would be no payments owed. Shook acknowledged he doesn’t know how city leadership and the condo’s HOA did not know the condo was being improperly charged for so long and he wondered how many other similar situations exist in the city. “One person or more at the condo knew for over 10 years they weren’t paying,” Shook said. Shook said the question now is “who owes what to whom” and how much. Trying to figure out a total the condo association owes will be difficult, he said.

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A traffic-navigation app called Waze is taking over the roadways and drawing controversy for encouraging cut-through traffic in neighborhoods locally and nationwide. A recent experiment with Waze found the app indeed directs drivers through quiet neighborhood streets in Buckhead, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. But, ironically, Waze would not send drivers into a Brookhaven neighborhood that has been a hot spot of protests about app-driven traffic. With the motto “Outsmarting traffic, together,” Waze uses a combination of GPS tracking and local roadway information crowdsourced from its own users. It both directs drivers to their destinations by the fastest route and allows them to report where heavy traffic is, where road work is happening, and even where police have set up roadblocks. Waze advertises 50 million users worldwide. It has gained popularity from drivers, and disdain from some neighborhoods, because its disembodied voice often directs users to back roads, side streets and through residential neighborhoods which were once only known to locals. Georgia Tech traffic engineering professor Michael Hunter says such apps are making traffic harder to predict. Elected officials are concerned, too. Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul has voiced concerns that drivers heading to the forthcoming Braves stadium in Cobb County will “start Waze-ing their way” through city neighborhoods. In Brookhaven, City Councilmember Bates Mattison was quoted in the Washington Post in June about Waze complaints there. But Waze

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Destinations: From Sandy Springs’ High Point Road to Buford Farmer’s Market; and from Peachtree Road Kroger and Brookhaven City Hall to Plaza Fiesta. Waze’s route: On all three rush-hour trips, Waze directed drivers through central Brookhaven via Dresden Drive. Last month, Brookhaven City Council approved extensive traffic-calming measures—including dozens more speed humps and partially closed roads—in the Brookhaven Heights neighborhood. The intent of the plan is to thwart Waze-users and other motorists from cutting through the residential neighborhood off North Druid Hills Road. But in all three trips of the recent experiment, Waze never directed drivers through Brookhaven Heights, instead using Dresden Drive about a block away. The traffic-calming devices are not yet installed and it is unclear whether Waze may have changed its map in response to the controversy. Waze and its corporate owner, Google, did not respond to questions.


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A rendering of a commercial streetfront within the 1117 Perimeter Center West redevelopment. The existing hexagonal office building is shown to the left with a heavily modified facade.


The billion-dollar, five-skyscraper redevelopment plan for 1117 Perimeter Center West in Sandy Springs has drawn traffic concerns. At an Aug. 22 community meeting, the developers tried to reassure residents with new commitments: guaranteeing a direct MARTA station connection and pledging to delay three of the five towers until after major roadway upgrades are done in 2020. About two dozen people attending the meeting at Sandy Springs City Hall still had concerns about parking and traffic, estimated at a minimum 12,000 vehicle trips per day. Among them was a representative of the neighboring Perimeter Pointe shopping center, who revealed early mixed-use redevelopment plans for the site. “No surprise, what we have primarily heard is, ‘It’s too dense. The infrastructure is

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overloaded,’” said project attorney Carl Westmoreland. But, he noted, the project is less dense than the city’s interim zoning guidelines around transit stations. It’s still one of the biggest projects ever proposed for Perimeter Center, while its mixed-use approach aims to make it an example of transit-oriented development. The plan by Australia-based Hong Property Trust, with JLL as developer, calls for about 1,600 residential units in three towers; about 1.5 million square feet of offices in two towers; and about 200,000 square feet of new retail and restaurant space. Including parking and other features, the towers could be 35 stories tall, project agent Rob Forrest said. An unusual, hexagonal office building currently on the site would remain, with heavy modifications into a retail attraction. New renderings presented at the meeting showed an ice skating rink in its central courtyard. Physicians/Providers: Gregory J. Cox, MD, Elizabeth M. Burns, MD, Corinne L. Erickson, MD, Shaanan S. Shetty, MD, and Pamela M. McElearney, PA-C

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Another major feature: a direct connection to the Sandy Springs MARTA station via a tunnel under Perimeter Center West. Updated designs show much of the tunnel lined with storefronts. The project would feature the tallest buildings in Perimeter Center—and one of the lowest parking ratios. The 5,200 proposed on-site spaces are 35 percent fewer than regular zoning would call for, and about 10 percent lower than the city’s transit-oriented development standards, the developers said. Like every other major development, it would offer tenants incentives for MARTA use—but it also would simply not provide enough parking for everyone to drive. The project needs rezoning from commercial to mixed-use, but its only requested variance will be for lower-than-required parking. “We don’t want or need to have that many cars here,” Forrest said, explaining the developers are convinced from Buckhead and downtown Atlanta examples that there is a market for projects that draw transit-users. “Pushing the parking count way down…to almost half of whatever anyone else would do, is pushing people to [use alternative transportation].” DDR Corp., the owner of Perimeter Pointe, is concerned that could also mean people simply park in its lots across the street, especially with the MARTA tunnel connecting them. “It both concerns me and it’s exciting,” Tom Garvey, DDR’s director of development, told Forrest during the meeting. More transit use is the future, Garvey said, but, “culturally, Atlanta’s not there yet.”

DDR has mixed-use redevelopment plans of its own for Perimeter Pointe, Garvey said. Such redevelopment was recommended in the 2005 Perimeter Livable Centers Initiative study, and suggested in a 2010 master’s student project displayed at the Museum of Design Atlanta. The Perimeter Pointe plans are “just very conceptual at this point,” Garvey said in an interview. But, he added, the site is clearly a good one for “intensification” with mixed retail and housing uses. A current phrase in the shopping center industry, he said, is, “Instead of a mall, we call it an ‘all.’” Westmoreland and Forrest said the developers will agree to make the project’s occupancy permits conditional on building a working MARTA connection. In plain English, that means that if the MARTA tunnel doesn’t work, the developers can’t rent or sell space to anyone. The developers also committed to delaying three of the five towers until several major Ga. 400-related road improvements are completed. Those huge projects, slated for completion in 2020, include: rebuilding the Ga. 400/I-285 interchange; adding separate entrance/exit ramps on Ga. 400; turning the Ga. 400/Abernathy Road interchange into a diverging diamond; and widening the Mount Vernon Highway bridge. In the meantime, the developers would build one residential tower and one office tower. The proposal next heads to the Sandy Springs Planning Commission in October, Westmoreland said.

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ready when you arrive. Just pick your additions and plunge in. You can’t go wrong with any of the choices, but if you don’t know where to start, pick a number. I had the #1 spicy chicken ramen. It comes with chicken broth, two fat slices of tender chicken chashu, spinach, spicy bean sprouts, Tokyo negi (a type of onion), green onion and thin noodles. All noodles and broths are made in-house. If you like fresh pasta, wait until you try fresh ramen. It comes in a gigantic bowl, and try as you might to put a dent in it, no matter how hungry you are you’ll still be taking half of it home. Well worth the $12, and you can add over 20 different accoutrements for a dollar or two more – anything from extra noodles to a poached egg to bok choy to dried seaweed. My wife ordered the #2 garlic

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The Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber’s Restaurant Council marked the start of football season with its second annual “Kickoff Cookout” at The Prado’s 5 Seasons Brewing Company beer garden on Aug. 27. Attendees enjoyed live music and food from several local restaurants.

Chef Ron Eyester has joined Nancy and Colman Goodrich to rebrand Nancy G’s into Southern Bistro. The Sandy Springs restaurant, located in the Fountain Oaks Shopping Center at 4920 Roswell Road, will feature an updated menu and more expansive bar program as well as food-driven events and a Sunday brunch service. More information at Midtown Restaurant Week is set for Sept. 10-18 with more than 40 restaurants offering brunch, lunch and dinner options from $15, $25 and/or $35 prix-fixe menus. Prices are per person and exclude alcohol, tax and gratuity. A complete list of those participating is available at

Foundation. This year’s theme is taken from John Updike’s novel and film, “The Witches of Eastwick.” Hosts/chefs Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison will welcome an all-female line up of award-winning chefs at Ponce City Market for the event. Tickets are $250 for James Beard Foundation members and $275 for non-members. For details, visit Restaurateur Chris Martha and Chef Michael Semancik are expected to open Scout in Decatur’s Oakhurst neighborhood soon. The menu will feature “interpretive regional cuisine” alongside a craft cocktail menu from beverage director Nate Shuman. The restaurant is located at 321 West Hill St.


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“What excites me about football season is the camaraderie of its fans. Whether it is meeting new people at a tailgate or starting a fantasy league at your job, football season brings all fans together. --24-year-old Buckhead man

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Metro Atlanta’s top pro and college football teams hopefully will improve on their 2015 seasons—and if not, there’s always tailgating! So say the kickoff-ready respondents to the latest 1Q cellphone survey of residents in Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta INtown communities. A 54 percent majority of the 167 respondents said the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons are their favorite local professional team, with the rest almost evenly split between the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the University of Georgia Bulldogs. And 54 percent thought their favorite team would have more wins than last year—which would be good news for the 3-9 Yellow Jackets and 8-8 Falcons. Tailgate partying was by far the activity fans most enjoy about football season. But some respondents also cited fantasy football, visiting impressive stadiums and the game itself. “I absolutely love tailgating,” said a 20-year-old Buckhead woman. “What’s better than BBQ, a cold beer and watching the game with your buddies?”

“The excitement, the competition, the fact that you never know what will happen. Football is the best reality TV!” --36-year-old Atlanta woman

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Its partners now include Myfifident Foundation, New Kent Capital, Federal Home Loan As the school year starts back, more learnBank of Atlanta, Zeist Foundation, Marcus ing will take place outside of the classroom Foundation, Arthur M. Blank Foundation and thanks to GivingPoint. It’s the first online soWells Fargo, to name a few. cial marketplace designed for youth to teach Today, an average of 2,000 students per and inspire community engagement. school year create accounts to track hours, “GivingPoint is built on the belief that high create projects and/or raise awareness with school age students are capable of making a approximately 300 active nonprofits. significant impact in their communities. We This is good news for high school students in Atlanta Public Schools (APS) who must complete 75 hours of community service before they graduate. APS has entered into a partnership with GivingPoint and is encouraging all its high schools to use this free online service to facilitate access to community service and hours tracking. “It’s been an amazing way to organize service learning at Maynard Jackson High School over the past four years,” Principal Stephanie Johnson SPECIAL Lovett School students, from left, Chris Weaver, Caroline said. They already have 100 percent stuCarr Grant and Claire Biggerstaff, with their project poster boards at the end of the Sparks Student Awards Ceremony. dent participation. For a smaller cohort of 20-25 give students the tools and opportunities to high school students, the nonprofit offers a make a difference,” Executive Director Debra 10-month combination leadership and enCarson explained. gagement program, the GivingPoint Institute. The nonprofit utilizes an online platform High school students with at least 100 hours of to match young people’s passions with vetcommunity service plus other requirements ted, age-appropriate volunteer opportunities. apply in the spring for participation the folStudents who create a free account can take lowing school year. Once accepted, students quizzes to identify their interests, learn about participate in monthly workshops sponsored the needs of their community, track verified by corporate and community partners coverhours, view and download their civic resume ing strategic planning, budgeting and marketfor school requirements and college applicaing. tions, post projects to help raise awareness, “Giving Point Institute is the most imporvolunteers and funds for causes, and more. tant experience of high school for me so far,” Derek Smith, former chairman and CEO Lovett senior Claire Biggerstaff said. “They beof ChoicePoint, started GivingPoint after relieve in what young adults can do and support search he commissioned showed that even your big dreams.” though teens want to get involved, they lacked The institute ends with students sharing the education, training, resources and encourtheir projects at the SPARKS celebration event. agement to connect with others who share “It’s like Shark Tank,” Carson said, because their interests. In July 2009, GivingPoint bestudents can still raise funds for their projects came a nonprofit and raised more than and a few receive scholarships, ranging from $200,000 from corporations, individuals and $1,000 to $3,000. foundations.

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Saturday, September 17 (festival hours 9:00 am – 6:00 pm) 9:00 am - 10:00 am Pet Parade Registration 10:00 am - 11:00 am 29th Annual Pet Parade 11:00 am - 11:30 am Pet Parade Awards Ceremony 11:30 am - 12:00 pm Jump Start Gym 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Bush Centre for Ballet 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Ridgeview MS & Riverwood HS 1:15 pm - 1:45 pm Grace and the Spartans 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm Highbeams 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Sam Burchfield 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Dance It Off Studio 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Banks & Shane Festival closes at 6:00 pm

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Sunday, September 18 (festival hours 10:00 am – 5:00 pm) 10:30 am - 11:00 am Dance Theatre at Sandy Springs 11:00 am - 11:45 am Sky Gym 11:45 am - 12:30 pm School of Rock Buckhead 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Moohan Martial Arts 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm No Solution 1:45 pm - 2:30 pm North Springs HS Marching Band 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Zach Seabaugh 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Drake Irish Dancing School 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm AJ Ghent Band Festival closes at 5:00 pm


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Friends of the Festival Thank you to the following individuals for their financial support of the 2016 Sandy Springs Festival: Alan & Honey Barnes Susan & Bob Beard Guy & Jeanette Berger Iain Bluett Barton & Joy Brown Marsha & Tony Cintorino Emmett Cloud / Morgan Stanley D.J. & Laura DeLong Lane Duncan Barbara Duren Lori Evers

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On Peachtree, ‘small-town feel’ makes way for ‘legacy’ project


The BP gas station, at left, along with the Roxboro Apartments, right, and the House at Phipps condos on Peachtree and Roxboro roads, is up for sale. The gas station has been at this location for 35 years; the apartment complex is housed in a 50-year-old building.

Continued from page 1 “That’s a legacy corner,” said Steve Massell of Lee & Associates, the broker who worked to assemble the gas station, the Roxboro Apartments and the House at Phipps condos for the sale. “I’m confident it will sell to a great user that will deliver a great addition to Buckhead.” Massell said he hopes to have all or some of the properties under agreement by the end of September. “I’m getting very strong interest,” he said, “from luxury hotel developers, luxury residential condo developers, office users who would like to put a headquarters there, apartment developers, and some senior living developers.” Reaction from the site’s current residents varies widely. Most of the condo owners have agreed to sell, one of them said. But a manager at BP who asked to

remain anonymous said the station is not happy at possibly being displaced after 35 years. “To me, Atlanta doesn’t have that small-town feel anymore,” the manager said of redevelopment that has replaced most of the area’s gas stations with towers and malls. The station leases the land, which is owned by a separate limited liability company; another LLC owns the apartments. Luxurious redevelopment has moved ever closer to the southeast corner of the Peachtree and Roxboro intersection. The BP is catty-corner to 3630 Peachtree, a 40-story glass tower built in 2009. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan reportedly owns a condo in the Ritz-Carlton Residences, which occupies upper levels of the tower. Steve Massell is a former Buckhead

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Business Association president and the son of former Mayor Sam Massell, who now heads the Buckhead Coalition. With his perspective, Steve Massell says such redevelopment of Buckhead’s older sections is inevitable in the current market. “It’s an evolution of highest and best use,” he said. “Once in a generation, a piece of land so special surfaces that it is impossible to ignore,” reads the Lee & Associates marketing flyer for the Peachtree-Roxboro offering, which amounts to about 2 acres. The flyer notes the location on “world-famous Peachtree Road” and cites the area’s “highest demographics and luxury market potential in the entire city of Atlanta.” Massell emphasized the flexibility in the offering, which is for any or all of the properties. He also said that displacing the gas station or apartment tenants is not a required part of any sale. For example, he said, a “savvy investor” might find a way to keep the gas station while using its air rights to build elsewhere on the site. At the Roxboro Apartments, a 12unit, 50-year-old building at 3607 Rox-

boro, a new sign out front advertises units for rent. Horace Johnson, a tenant there since 2003, said he’d heard word from neighboring House at Phipps residents about the property sale. He was heading to the management office for more details and to consider extending his lease for protection. Meanwhile, Stephen Bush, who just moved into the apartments in March, said, “I was not aware that the property was being sold…I didn’t hear anything.” At the House at Phipps condos at 3645 Peachtree, a resident who declined to give his name said that 39 of 40 unit owners have agreed to sales terms. Massell declined to comment directly on talks with condo residents, but said, “Every owner of the House at Phipps condos is receiving the same amount of money for the same size unit as their neighbor.” The owner who spoke about the deal said he’s happy with the offer for his unit. “I think most of the people would like to stay in the area,” he said, but added that it is time to redevelop the older building. BH

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MCCLATCHEY SCHOOL SITE TO BECOME PARKLAND A 1.55-acre former school site on Loridans Drive has been purchased as parkland to go along with the nearby PATH400 multi-use trail. The $175,000 purchase of the former D.F. McClatchey Elementary School property was brokered by Livable Buckhead, the nonprofit creating PATH400, in coordination with the city of Atlanta and City Councilmember Howard Shook. The school was demolished for the creation of the Ga. 400 highway. The property is adjacent to another park space, the historic 1-acre Lowery-Stephens Cemetery. “The combination of the McClatchey acreage and Lowery-Stephens Cemetery opens up some exciting opportunities for activating this area in a way that honors Buckhead history, while keeping the forested buffer for the adjacent neighbors,” said Denise Starling, Livable Buckhead’s executive director, in a press release. “We’re looking forward to working with the surrounding neighborhood to develop a vision for what can be accomplished here.” Livable Buckhead has made parkland creation a key part of PATH400, in line with the “Buckhead Collection” plan that calls for adding 106 acres of parkland to the neighborhood. Starling said about 40 acres have been added in so far in acquisitions made through Livable Buckhead as well as other organizations.

SHEPHERD CENTER ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP CHANGE Shepherd Center CEO Gary Ulicny will retire next year and be replaced by Sarah Morrison, the current vice president of clinical services, the hospital announced Aug. 25. The Shepherd Center, at 2020 Peachtree Road in Buckhead, specializes in treatment, rehabilitation and research on neuromuscular diseases and injuries, including brain and spinal cord injury. It is regularly ranked as one of the nation’s top rehabilitation hospitals. Ulicny has served as CEO since 1994 and will retire effective March 31 of next year, according to a press release. Morrison has worked in various roles at the hospital since 1984. “Gary Ulicny has led Shepherd Center through a period of tremendous growth and success,” said James Shepherd, the hospital’s co-founder and board chairman, in the press release. “He has fostered a culture of excellence that Sarah Morrison will carry on. She has the experience and skill to help us continue to exceed national standards as we navigate through a changing healthcare environment.” “None of our success could have been possible without the dedication and commitment of our board, senior managers, physicians and staff,” Ulicny said in the press release. “I will leave SPECIAL PHOTOS with my head held high knowing that Top, Sarah Morrison will replace Gary Shepherd Center has had a significant Ulicny, below, who is retiring, as CEO impact on so many lives, and comfortof the Shepherd Center next year. ed by knowing that it will now be in Sarah Morrison’s capable hands.” “Healthcare is a fast-changing industry, and Shepherd Center needs to be prepared to be flexible to adapt quickly,” Morrison said in the release. “My tenure at Shepherd Center gives me a historical foundation of the organization, but more importantly, it gives me the ability to maintain our unique culture that drives our exceptional outcomes and ability to achieve our mission.”


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Friday, Sept. 9, 6 p.m. Leadership Sandy Springs’ Movies by Moonlight series shows a film about a man-cub, raised by wolves, on a journey of self-discovery. Free. Rated PG. Family friendly. Sandy Springs United Methodist Church, Activities Center Lawn, 86 Mount Vernon Highway and Sandy Springs Circle, 30328. Movie shown at dark. Visit:

Saturday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This festival fundraiser benefits the Alzheimer’s Association. See police and fire vehicles, enjoy bouncy house, face painting, music, train rides, dunking booth, barbeque, petting zoo. Free. All are welcome. Donations appreciated. First Baptist Church of Sandy Springs, 650 Mount Vernon Highway, NE, Sandy Springs, 30328. Call 404-257-1143 for details.



Saturday, Sept. 10, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. The Brookhaven Fields Civic Association hosts its 22nd annual Yard Sale. Residents sell their wares in garages, front yards and driveways. Look for hot pink signs, maps of participating homes. Free. Open to the public. Behind Brookhaven MARTA, between North Druid Hills Road and Dresden Drive, 30319. Go to:

Saturday, Sept. 17, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The Atlanta History Center celebrates all things Southern, featuring cooking demonstrations, corn husk doll making, music, art and storytelling. Free for members; included with admission for non-members. 130 West Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta, 30305. Call 404-814-4000 or visit:

CONSERVATION WORK Saturday, Sept. 10, 9 a.m-12 p.m. Volunteers needed at Confluence Park to remove invasive species, plant natives and conducting avian surveys. Groups welcome. Free and open to all. The Confluence, at the terminus of Armand Rd. off Lindbergh Dr., Atlanta, 30324. For details or to volunteer, email:


Sunday, Sept. 11, 1-4 p.m. Hey, pups! Hop into the Murphey Candler pool! $10 per dog. Free entry into “Biggest Splash” contest at 3 p.m. Dog owners NOT permitted to swim during event. Dogs must be current on vaccinations. 1551 West Nancy Creek Dr., NE, Brookhav-

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ISRAELI FOLK GROUP Sunday, Sept. 11, 7-9 p.m. Baladino offers interpretations of Sephardic and Ladino melodies. For all ages. Open to the community. Tickets: $15-$22. Morris & Rae Frank Theatre, Marcus Jewish Community Center-Atlanta, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Call 678812-4002 or email:

‘RUINATION’ Thursday, Sept. 15, 6-9 p.m. Spruill Gallery reopens to the community with a reception for an exhibit which explores the impact of mankind’s intervention in the natural world. Show continues through October 29. Free. 4681 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Call 770-394-4019 or go to


DOCUMENTARY SCREENING Tuesday, Sept. 13, 6-8 p.m. Weinstein Hospice and Jewish Home Life Communities hold a free, community viewing of “Being Mortal,” touching on patients and families facing terminal illness, as well as exploring relationships between patients and doctors. Q&A follows. William Breman Jewish Home, 3150 Howell Mill Rd., Atlanta, 30327. Call 404-3524308, email: or visit:

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Sunday, Sept. 18, 3 p.m. The Dunwoody Preservation Trust presents speaker Clarke Otten, who discusses, “The Dinky in Dunwoody — History of the Roswell Railroad.” Free. All are welcome. Donaldson-Bannister House, 4831 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Call 770-668-0401 or email:

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Can your child answer these mental math questions? The results may surprise you! If they can solve questions at and above grade level, they may be looking for a challenge. If they are unable to answer questions at grade level or below, they’re likely in need of extra help.

Second Grade

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7 + 8 + 9 + 10 =

Third Grade

How much is 99 plus 99 plus 99?

Fourth Grade

Count by 1_43 from 0 to 7.

Fifth Grade

17 _ , 23 _ , or 18 _ ? Which is greatest: 18 30 19

(Explain how you got your answer.)

Sixth Grade

Halfway through the second quarter, how much of the game is left?

Seventh Grade

How much is 6 _12 % of 250?

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Through our “Exceptional Educator” series, Reporter Newspapers is showcasing the work of some of the outstanding teachers and administrators at our local schools. If you would like to recommend an Exceptional Educator, please email Edna-May Hermosillo teaches middle school French at Pace Academy and is middle school director for global leadership.

Q: What attracted you to teaching at first? A: I have many childhood memories of convincing my younger brother he wanted to be my student in my pretend classroom. I think I’ve been training to be a teacher for a long time. I had already worked with children quite a bit as a high school and college student—I was a ski instructor, a taekwondo coach and a Girl Scout leader—so it seemed like a natural fit. I actually got my first teaching job right out of grad school partly because the head of the World Language Department remembered my work as a Girl Scout day camp counselor.

Q: Has the appeal changed? A: I think you have to reinvent yourself sometimes so that, while what attracted you in the first place may change, you still love what you do. Recently I have become involved with Pace Academy’s Isdell Center for Global

Q: What keeps you going year after year?

Leadership (ICGL). My A: I love the role as direcrhythm of the tor of Global school year with Leadership a fresh, excitin the miding beginning evdle school ery August. There allows me LAURA BLACK INMAN is time to learn to be a classEdna-May Hermosillo, far right, with students at last something new room teachyear’s Isdell Center for Global Leadership program. and refresh over er while also the summer, and the start of having a hand in developing the next school year is the perprograms and education for fect opportunity to implement students and teachers around new, creative ideas and reflect an annual global theme, and on what has worked well and to help teachers create a series what should be changed. I’m of domestic and international not sure there are other professtudy tours for our students. sions in which one gets a redo The past two summers I’ve every 12 months. had the incredible experience I also typically teach the to lead an ICGL service trip to same group of students for the Dominican Republic. Pace Edna-May Hermosillo two to three years, and it is inMiddle School students plan Pace Academy credibly motivating to see how and lead a week of activities much progress they make as French speakers at an English-immersion summer camp for from year to year. underprivileged children, mostly Haitian, in Ultimately, though, what truly motivates partnership with Project Esperanza. We teach me is a sense that I am helping my students English, practice French and Spanish, and we see that there is a world outside of Atlanta. try to learn Creole. We say that we are “changing our stars toQ: What do you think makes a great gether.” I would never have imagined this

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A: I have always believed that great teachers come in a lot of flavors and that students can benefit greatly from working with all kinds of teachers. Of course, a passion for the subject and truly caring about kids is essential. The great teachers I know work hard every single year, have good senses of humor and are entertained by their students; they know how to roll with the punches, are always learning and improving, and are never really “off-duty.”

Q: How do you engage your students? A: I prioritize making my classroom a student-centered microcosm of “all things French.” It’s like a flea market of objects I’ve gathered in my own travels…from a Haitian Mardi Gras horse mask to Moroccan shoes. And we listen to music, watch films, meet people and learn about the culture of a variety of French-speaking places. I work diligently to create opportunities for all students to participate enthusiastically and actively in learning activities that run the gamut from artistic to technological to competitive. I expect students to use the language to sing, dance and create in French, and not just learn about it.

Q: Do you have a project or special program you use year after year? A: Each year is a little different and my students do many projects, but one thing I try to do is find opportunities for students to realize that French is real and it is all around them. For example, I have accompanied students to see many French plays at Atlanta-based Théâtre du Rêve, to practice their skills at several different French restaurants around the city, to learn about West African art at the High Museum, and to travel on trips to Francophone destinations like France, Quebec and Haiti. We have engaged in the classroom with guest speakers such as returned Peace Corps volunteers and refugees from Rwanda— we’ve even Skyped with Haitian students. And, of course, students always look forward to when we make crêpes and also indulge in chocolate fondue!

Q: Is there a “trick” that works to get students involved?



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A: There are no tricks, but I think over the years you develop different layers to your class so that there are many things going on at once. A casual observer might not notice those various layers, but the teacher and students understand. I try to create a fun atmosphere in which everyone feels involved and participates.

Q: What do you hope your students take away from your class?




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A: My hope is that students will come to understand that learning another language is not an end unto itself. The ability to speak another language not only helps them in their own lives and careers, but also gives them a tool to better understand other people and cultures. Ultimately, my goal is to inspire students to want and have the ability to make a positive difference in the world around them.

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Art playing major role in design concept for Old Ivy Park Continued from page 1 a lawn area for public gatherings. But it also includes some unusual art features, including colorful ovals painted on the roadway to slow traffic, and artwork that children and adults can climb on or interact with, similar to the Playable Art Park in Sandy Springs. One side of the park is quite steep, which Perez used as an opportunity to create terraced seating, as well as a ramp for wheelchair accessibility. A big concern for the community was traffic flow down the hills of Old Ivy Road. Perez said traffic could be calmed by adding something that captures drivers’ attention and makes them slow down out of curiosity. The on-street painted art was his idea for achieving that. The park concept extends down the street beneath a Ga. 400 overpass, where street lights and exercise equipment for children and adults could be installed, along with on-street parking. An “iconic” pavilion with unusual architecture is another idea. The event and lawn area would have colorful, movable tables and chairs. Besides the main park, stormwater- capture facilities across the street could be remade

as a “stormwater park” with trails and informational signs. The Old Ivy Park idea came out of Livable Buckhead’s planning for the PATH400 multi-use trail, which now runs through the area. To make a safer, curving intersection of the trail and Old Ivy Road, Livable Buckhead bought a house at 519 Old Ivy, now demolished, and


Conceptual designs for the future Old Ivy Park, located at 519 Old Ivy near Ga. 400, suggest lawn space for public gatherings, a pavilion, playable art for children and adults, exercise areas, gardens and a “stormwater park” with trails and informational signage. To see a larger version, go to


sold the land to the city as a park. “PATH400 is basically the spine of the Buckhead community, combining our future green spaces,” said Livable Buckhead Executive Director Denise Starling. “It’s all about getting people around and connecting commerce to community.” Starling said Buckhead needs more parks to create a sense of place and identity in the area. Under the “Buckhead Collection” parks plan advocated by City Councilmember Howard Shook and others, the city aims to add

106 acres of parks to the neighborhood. In the past three years, about 40 acres have been added, including the Old Ivy property, according to Starling. Since last year, a steering committee has worked on the Old Ivy Park design concept. Starling said in an email that she hopes to have a final design and construction cost estimate by around mid-October. Meanwhile, Livable Buckhead has posted the design concepts on its website,, and is accepting online public comments there through Sept. 9.

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Police Blotter / Buckhead From Atlanta Police reports Aug. 7 through Aug. 13 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.

ROBBERY „„1800 block of Howell Mill Rd. – On Aug.

10 during the day, a suspect approached the counter of a game store as though he was going to purchase a game. When he arrived at the counter he pointed a handgun at the suspect and demanded he empty the register. The victim handed the suspect $350 cash. A witness observed the suspect enter the location, recognized him from a “be on the lookout” advisory, and called 911. The suspect fled the scene before police arrived. Surveillance footage of the incident was captured. „„600 block of Morosgo Dr. – On Aug. 13

in the morning, a man said he was urinating behind a building when he was robbed by a male suspect. He said the male forced him into his vehicle and then demanded drugs and money. The suspect then crashed the victim’s vehicle and threatened him not to call 911 because he knew where his family lived. The suspect then fled the scene. Surveillance cameras were observed in the area. „„600 block of Lindbergh Dr. NE – On Aug.

13 in the morning, a woman told police she was standing outside the location when a suspect took her money. She said that she demanded her money back and that the suspect then began punching her in the face. The victim attempted to push the suspect off multiple times and suffered cuts, abrasions and loose teeth. Surveillance footage of the incident was captured. „„1900 block of Cheshire Bridge Rd. NE –

On Aug. 13 during the day, a man told police he met a male and a female suspect, and left with them to purchase drugs. He said that once they were out on the street that the male pulled a knife on him and the female stole his phone. The suspect had $200 cash taken. The suspects are regulars at the Cheshire Motor Inn. A 2-inch pole used by the male suspect was collected and turned in as evidence.

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT „„1500 block of Piedmont Ave. – On Aug.

10 in the evening at a hospital, the victim told police that the suspect became irate during a conversation about his pet. BH

He picked up a credit card machine and threw it at her, striking her in the hand. The victim refused treatment. „„2100 block of Tula St. NW – On Aug. 13

in the morning, a woman told police she was assaulted in the bathroom by a former friend. The victim had visible injury to her face and eyebrow, and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

BURGLARY 100 block of Honour Cir. NW – On Aug. 7 at an unknown time, a man told police he heard someone walking around in the apartment connected to his garage. He said at first he thought it was his wife, but after further investigation he discovered it was a man. When he confronted him, the suspect fled the scene in a black, four-door truck. A laptop was taken from the residence and later recovered. The suspect’s vehicle was later recovered after being involved in an accident while fleeing the scene. Surveillance footage of the vehicle was captured. The vehicle returned was stolen out of Sandy Springs. „„

„„1500 block of Chattahoochee Ave. NW –

On Aug. 8 in the morning, a man told police he told a male suspect to leave his residence. He said he left, hoping the suspect would leave. He said when he returned, he found his residence entered and two flat screen TVs were taken. The front door was damaged to gain entry.

SU SPECT SO U G HT IN A R M ED R O B B ERY, HO M E INVA S I O NS Atlanta police are searching for a suspect they believe to be involved in an armed robbery and two home invasions in Buckhead. Police said the suspect may have used an assault rifle in all of the incidents. The first incident occurred Aug. 10 when a woman scouting a location for a photo shoot in the 2000 block of Spad Avenue told police she noticed an older model white Dodge Charger drive up and a male suspect exit the car. The man also acted as if he was a photographer scouting the scene, she told police. She continued to take photos and then saw the man had a “large gun,” possibly an assault rifle, with a pistol grip. The man ordered her to face the wall and told her, “If you scream, I will kill you.” He got her car keys from her purse and searched her car for items to steal. He then drove away. She walked to a nearby house and called 911. On Aug. 19, police responded to burglary call at a house in the 2900 block of Howell Mill Road. A woman told police she had been watching TV in bed at about 11:30 a.m. when she heard sounds of someone walking through her house. Then her door was opened by a man carrying a black assault rifle. She said he pointed the rifle, which had a red laser light, at her head. He ordered her to lie down and put her face in the pillow. He yelled, “Where is your jewelry?” She told him she had $500 cash in her wallet. He again demanded to know where her jewelry was. She took him into the bathroom where he found and stole a pearl and diamond necklace. He also stole a Patek Phillip gold watch valued at $10,000, according to the police report. The victim told police the suspect stole a total of between $30,000 and $40,000 in jewelry. He also stole a 40-inch Panasonic TV, a Verizon Galaxy tablet and the woman’s Galaxy S7 Edge cellphone. Later in the day, at about 6 p.m. on Aug. 19, police got another call of a home burglary in the 1700 block of Defoor Ave. NW. A surveillance camera showed a male suspect break in through the front door at about 12:30 p.m. and steal a TV and laptop. The suspect exits the front door and then returns carrying what appears to be a black AK-47 assault rifle, according to a police report. -- Dyana Bagby


„„2400 block of Camellia Ln. NE – On Aug.

8 in the morning, the door to an apartment was left unlocked. A Michael Kors watch, $1,100 in cash and a debit/credit card were taken.


„„500 block of Bishop St. NW – On Aug. 9

in the evening, the front door lock of an apartment was damaged to gain entry. A flat screen TV, PS4, controllers, 9 mm handgun, .30-06 rifle, MacBook Pro and several watches were stolen. „„500 block of Bishop St. NW – On Aug. 9

during the day, the front door of an apartment was damaged to gain entry. Three laptops were removed from the residence. Deadbolts appeared to have been damaged with a flat head screwdriver. „„3200 block of Roswell Rd. NW – On

Aug. 9 in the morning, the window and bars on the exterior side of a building were forced inward. The alarm company reported an alarm trigger. Miscellaneous silver items were removed. Latent fingerprints were retrieved and submitted as evidence.

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