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Group endorses redevelopment of Park 225 apartments BY ANN MARIE QUILL

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Left to right, Erick Remirez, Jared Mills, and his brother Jonah, prep themselves before the start of the inaugural “Footprints for the Future 5K,” race at Lake Forest Elementary School on Nov. 8. Hosted by the Sandy Springs Education Force, race proceeds go to Sandy Springs public schools.

While a proposal to redevelop the Park 225 apartments on Roswell Road at Franklin Road has drawn opposition from an adjacent neighborhood, it has the backing of the larger High Point Civic Association. “In the nine years that Sandy Springs has been a city, the Park 225 proposal is only the second request to redevelop old apartments that sit on Roswell Road,” said Bill Gannon, who serves on the HPCA zoning board. “If the city and the developers cannot come together so that this project is approved, it will likely be a long, long time before we will ever see a third request.” But some residents of the smaller Westfield Park neighborhood publicly have opposed the development in the past. An application to rezone the property to allow construction of 325 apartments and SEE GROUP, PAGE 5

Historically significant Glenridge Hall ‘in peril’ BY ANN MARIE QUILL

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Glenridge Hall and the 76 acres it sits on is for sale. That concerns some groups who are interested in preserving its history and who fear the property near Abernathy Road and Ga. 400 could be razed by developers. “Glenridge Hall represents a very important time in Sandy Springs history,” said Kimberly Brigance, director of historic resources and programs at Heritage Sandy Springs. It represents Atlanta wealth. Brigance said that after the Civil War, it took about 20 years for the thenrural Sandy Springs to come back to pre-war agricultural prices. Wealthy Atlantans began to use Sandy Springs as a get-away location, as it was still fairly dif-

ficult to reach from the city of Atlanta. “Families were building grand mansions meant to be showcases, summer homes, weekend retreats,” she said. “Glenridge Hall is the one that remains.” She explained that while her group is not involved with architectural preservation, she’s pleased that the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation recently included Glenridge Hall on its 2015 list of the state’s 10 “places in peril.” The Georgia Trust suggested in a press release announcing that Glenridge Hall was on its peril list that conservation easements and tax incentives could perhaps help preserve the home and grounds, which SEE HISTORICALLY, PAGE 6

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