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Galloway offers to reduce parking in sports field debate BY JOHN RUCH


Top, a Children’s Memorial Garden at Hammond Park was dedicated on Nov. 15, part of the “Daffodil Project,” an effort by Am Yisrael Chai to plant bulbs for children who lost their lives during the Holocaust.

Above, Sidney Cohen, 9, listens to the program. Right, Jayden Erickson, 10, and Lee Tanenbaum, a member of the North Fulton Master Gardeners Club, prepare the dirt. See more photos on page 33.

Family member opposes renaming Barfield Road BY JOHN RUCH

Renaming Sandy Springs’ Barfield Road for Mercedes-Benz would be a “slap in the face” to the Barfield family, according to a Hapeville woman who said she is among the descendants. “I feel like I owe that to my ancestors…to make an effort, even if it’s not successful,” said Nancy Kite, who opposed the renaming in a letter sent to the city on Nov. 8. “What price do we put on this, destroying history?” Kite said her mother was born Claris Lorene Barfield in the family’s farmhouse that once stood on the road where Mercedes-Benz USA intends to locate its corporate headquarters. Heritage Sandy Springs previously said the road is named for a Barfield family. MBUSA recently informally notified the city of its intent to request renaming part of Barfield Road, between Aberna-

The Galloway School offered to reduce the parking at its proposed athletic facility on High Point Road in Sandy Springs at a Nov. 18 City Hall meeting. But the vast majority of about 35 residents in attendance still opposed the project due to traffic and flooding concerns. “You’re having to go around your elbow to get to your head. You’re trying to shoehorn it in,” said one of many residents who questioned the suitability of the site as the school’s off-site tennis courts and softball field. The property’s seller is former NFL football star Warrick Dunn, the discussion revealed. Galloway attorney Sharon Gay later said she understands Dunn intended to build a house there, but was affected by a 2013 flood map change. Flooding of the site is an issue residents repeatedly raised at the meeting, though project engineers said the fields would not worsen local floods. Galloway, a private school based in Buckhead, says it needs athletic facilities and doesn’t have room on its main campus. Gay said the school searched for 18 months and looked at 24 sites before settling on the Sandy Springs parcel. The site is between the southern deadend of High Point Road and Nancy Creek. The plan requires a use permit and two variances: one for creating a new curb cut on a local street and the other for violating a 50foot buffer zone. SEE GALLOWAY, PAGE 7

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thy Road and Mount Vernon Highway, to Mercedes-Benz Drive. MBUSA is going ahead with that request, said company spokeswoman Donna Boland. She said that naming the corporate headquarters’ street as Mercedes-Benz Drive is a “tradition we have had for over 40 years.” “Nothing has changed,” Boland said. “If there were any objections raised in the interim before the council votes, we’re confident that a fair resolution could be reached.” Mercedes-Benz Drive also was the street name at the MBUSA headquarters in Montvale, N.J., which it is leaving for Sandy Springs. Kite pointed to a similar situation in Hapeville, where the Porsche car company in 2012 had Henry Ford II Avenue renamed to Porsche Avenue after Porsche moved in.

Maybe it should be called Disney Springs. A monorail could be a solution to Sandy Springs’ traffic woes, the chairman of the city’s planning commission chair said at a recent meeting—and a city official replied that the idea actually is now under review. “If Disney can move a hundred thou-




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Sandy Springs aims to encourage— and better define—dense, mixed-use projects in new “Interim Development Guidelines,” which are nearing completion. The guidelines would apply to Perimeter Center, the City Springs downtown area and parts of Roswell Road. They’re “interim” because they would expire when the new Comprehensive Plan, a land-use vision document now under revision, goes into effect in 2017. They are also intended to plug some holes in the current Comp Plan that led City Council to declare a six-month rezoning moratorium in July. “The biggest bone of contention… [is] what does ‘mixed’ mean” in mixeduse development, said Assistant City Manager Jim Tolbert, presenting a draft of the guidelines at the Nov. 19 city Planning Commission meeting. The guidelines would color in that “gray area” in zoning, while generally promoting human-scale, walkable, urban redevelopment. The guidelines are brief, amounting to six pages of goals in list format, with only a few specific numbers regarding density. The idea is to give developers an easy-to-understand guide to the city’s goals. Of course, developers are well aware that the city wants mixed-use projects replacing strip-malls in places like the City Springs district. The problem is what Tolbert called “very nebulous” standards that lead to clashing visions. “Right now, the way it works at council is, it’s almost like, ‘Let’s make a deal at the table,’” said Tolbert about the rezoning process for mixed-use projects. A classic example is a mixed-use redevelopment at 6075-6077 Roswell Road, which the council approved at the same July meeting it instituted the rezoning moratorium. Developer Camden USA intended to build 324 apartments in that project. But councilmen, with no solid guide in zoning or land-use documents, essentially guessed that 291 units was a figure closer to the area’s density, and approved the project at that number. Camden expressed concerns about the financial feasibility at the time and recently pulled out of the project. The new guidelines provide basic density numbers for that City Springs area: 60 units per acre for a project with a parking deck, 40 units per acre for

one without. Higher densities could be allowed in exchange for certain public benefits such as sidewalk improvements or including middle-income or “workforce” housing units. The city is “trying to get some affordability in projects,” Tolbert said. Developments within a quarter-mile of a MARTA station could be far denser and on a skyscraper scale: 75 or more units per acre and a height of 8 to 40 stories. Another frequent complaint about mixed-use projects is how mixed they really are, or what commercial use mixes with the residential. Tolbert said some developers have claimed their apartments’ rental office or fitness center as the “mixed” use. The guidelines would define “mixeduse” as devoting a minimum of 5 percent of floor space to retail or 20 percent to office space. And either way, that space must “not be associated with leasing of the residential property.” Parking is addressed in the guidelines, which generally would allow lower required parking spaces in exchange for programs providing such mitigations as discounted MARTA passes or shuttle service. More generally, the guidelines include some standards for public art, wayfinding, public safety considerations and buildings that don’t “turn their back on the public street,” Tolbert said. Members of the Planning Commission generally reacted positively to the guidelines. They mostly suggested additions, such as water-permeable parking surfaces, specific bedrooms-per-unit counts, and ensuring sidewalks actually connect residents with MARTA stations in transit-oriented projects. Member Steve Tart said “retail” should be better defined. He also warned against “forcing” a particular percentage of retail space that the market might not support. Tolbert said that some cities allow mixed-use projects to use commercial space as residential until the market improves, and that could be a possible option for Sandy Springs. But Tart warned that could result in more projects where officials “get promised the moon and get a moon pie.” The guidelines would need City Council approval to take effect.

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Roswell Road mixed-use project loses key development partner BY JOHN RUCH

Housing developer Camden USA has pulled out of the major mixed-use redevelopment planned at 6075-6077 Roswell Road, according to property owner Kirk Demetrops of Sandy Springs’ MidCity Real Estate Partners. He said the project will still happen. “Camden is not moving forward, but we do expect another highquality developer to do so under the same timetable,” said Demetrops. The 4-acre project would replace an existing office building and a post office. In their place, it would construct apartments, commercial space and a parking deck. It is one of three major mixeduse projects to follow the city’s “City Center”—now called City Springs—downtown redevelopment model. The Camden project received City Council zoning approval earlier this year—but for 291 residential units rather than the requested 324. Asked if that last-minute density change led Camden to pull out, Demetrops said the company did not cite any “specific issue” in making its decision. He indicated that Camden left only recently. Demetrops said he is now in discussion with “several high-quality” developers to replace Camden. “I would think by early December we should have selected somebody to almost seamlessly move forward [with the project] as approved and zoned,” he said. Camden could not be reached for immediate comment. Attorney Pete Hendricks, who represented Camden in its zoning application, said he has not spoken to the firm since that approval. In a separate deal, a Bank of America branch on the site is relocating to an adjacent parcel, where a new building is under construction.

Housing developer Camden USA has pulled out of the major mixedused project planned for 6075-6077 Roswell Road. However, the redevelopment will still happen, according to the property owner.


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Many have ‘no idea’ they’re at risk from dam failures BY JOHN RUCH

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Brookhaven, Buckhead, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs areas. Two of them—Sandy Springs’ Lake Forrest and Tera Lake dams—are in a condition that concerns state inspectors. “High-hazard” is a clasAl Longman learned that his home sification that means if the dam fails, the sits next door to a “high-hazard” dam flood likely would kill people. It does not only when the state delivered legal papers represent a judgment about the condition claiming he should be on the hook for of the dam. maintaining it. How do those people at risk learn about “I didn’t know it was a dam,” Longman the existence of the dams, which are often said of the tree-covered earthen embankprivately owned and hidden within housment that supports Lake Forrest Drive being developments? “There’s not a straight side his driveway. “I didn’t honestly know answer on that,” Woosley said. “Most peothere was a lake across the street.” ple have no idea” they are in a high-hazard Three years later, the city of Sandy dam’s flood zone, he said. Springs has taken the lead on assessing and Woosley’s agency inspects dams reguupgrading Lake Forrest Dam, and Longlarly, but its files can be hard to access and man said he has been ruled out as a codifficult to use, and they rarely include a owner. Along the way, he saw a map of flood map. Federal guidelines call for ownthe dam-failure flood zone that did not ers of high-hazard dams to notify people include his house, but showed about downstream and have an emergency re20 homes downstream at risk—“a lot of sponse plan for imminent failures. But houses [whose owners] would be totally Georgia currently requires that only for unaware” of the dam, he said. new dams, not existing ones. Finding out whether you live or work The lack of such records is largely due in the flood zone of one of Georgia’s 474 to funding and staffing of the Safe Dams “high-hazard” dams is surprisingly diffiProgram, said Woosley. The budget incult, acknowledges Tom Woosley, head of creased year, but1:14:13 the program still has Reporter_GTC_ANF_Nov_27_Half Page_111915.pdf 1 last 11/19/2015 PM the state Safe Dams Program. only 11 inspectors for more than 4,200 There are 11 such dams in the statewide dams, including those classified

as low-hazard. Standard flood insurance requirements are not a reliable guide, either, said Woosley. The volume of water pouring out of a broken dam can exceed the so-called 100year flood zone that triggers federally required flood insurance. “The dam failure flood zone is different from the 100-year flood zone,” Woosley said. “In general, a dam failure would be bigger…People may not live in a 100year flood zone, but may still be living in a dam break [flood] zone.” Dan King, who runs the New York State-based website specializing in flood insurance, agreed that insurance requirements would not necessarily alert a homeowner about a dam. He said that for insurance purposes, a dam-created flood is not different from any other flood. And if that flood goes beyond the 100year risk zone, he said, there is no mandate for insurance. “[Housing lenders] probably don’t care about that…If it’s less risky, then they don’t care,” King said. The Safe Dams Program’s own highhazard dam list is a spreadsheet that locates the dams only by map coordinates within counties, not by street, or even city. Inspection reports are available only in paper files that must be viewed by appointment at a downtown Atlanta office building. They typically lack information on the

endangered properties that triggered the high-hazard classification. “There’s not a complete picture” in state files about which properties would be flooded, Woosley said, even though Safe Dams has software that could model the disaster. That’s because it only takes one endangered occupied building to trigger the high-hazard classification, and due to staffing, Safe Dams usually stops its analysis there. Finding that first building can be simple. “Some, you stand on the dam and you’re looking over the roof of a house,” Woosley said. But Lake Northridge in Sandy Springs is an example of a dam’s potentially nasty surprise. Woosley said that Safe Dams determined that if the Lake Northridge dam failed, the “flood wave” would cross the Chattahoochee River and hit a house on the other side. The Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends that dam owners have an Emergency Action Plan. “Dams that are immediately upstream of residences, recreation areas and campgrounds pose unique challenges,” said a 2013 FEMA publication. “It may be necessary for the dam owner to assist emergency management authorities in developing public awareness measures.”

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Glenn West, school expansion approved by City Council BY JOHN RUCH

The Glenn West project and an Atlanwanted,” said resident Matt LaMarsh, ta Country Day School expansion were who represented several homeowner assoapproved by Sandy Springs City Counciations. “I think, overall, it’s going to be a cil Nov. 17. A proposal for townhomes on fantastic project.” Northwood Drive didn’t fare so well, with Likewise, Ashton Woods compromised the council denying its rezoning amid lofar more than on the Mercedes-related site. cal opposition. Mike Busher of Ashton Woods said that The Glenn West having a neighborproject at 6500 hood point person Glenridge Drive will was important. “It turn a 36-acre woodallowed us to have ed site into housa reasonable de“We didn’t see eye-toing built by Ashbate…and ultieye on everything, but ton Woods and new mately there was a we got 99 percent of sports fields for the compromise,” he neighboring Mount said. what we wanted.” Vernon Presbyterian The council School. The housing praised the comcomponent will inmunity and the de– MATT LAMARSH clude 50 townhomes velopers for workRESIDENT and 49 detached ing together. Before houses. approving the reThe project was zoning and varisupported by resances, they tacked idents who previously were at odds with on another requirement at a resident’s sugAshton Woods over its hotly controversial gestion: the housing will not have gated housing around the future Mercedes-Benz access, to improve walkability and prevent USA headquarters site nearby. traffic backups. “We didn’t see eye-to-eye on everyThe Atlanta Country Day School, thing, but we got 99 percent of what we a private college-prep school at 8725


A rendering of the Glenn West project, slated for 6500 Glenridge Drive.

Dunwoody Place, recently changed ownership and intends to expand, its officials said. The school currently has 48 students in grades 10 to 12. It aims to boost enrollment to 100 students and add grades 6 to 9. City staff members recommended denying a new use permit, citing the school’s failure to file a certification of its enrollment and concerns about insufficient parking. But the council wasn’t so worried about old paperwork and found the parking a problem in theory, not in practice. The council was not so welcoming of developer Rockhaven Homes’ proposal at

45 Northwood Drive at the corner of Lake Forrest Drive. Rockhaven sought to replace an existing single-family house with a 16-unit townhome complex. Rockhaven argued that rezoning the property as a townhouse district better matches the uses and densities on that street. Several councilmen said that’s an interesting point to discuss. But, they added, that discussion should happen in the city’s ongoing Comprehensive Plan review, not by approving a project that several residents showed up to oppose as out of character with the Lake Forrest area.

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The plan has been hotly controversial since it was first vetted in another cityhosted meeting last month. Opponents have dotted the neighborhood with signs reading, “Go away, Galloway” and have created a protest website at One resident who identified himself as a parent of Galloway students spoke up in support at the Nov. 18 meeting, but was the only supporting voice. Traffic is a major worry. Teams would come by bus, the school says, but the design includes 55 parking spaces for families. “One thing that we are thinking about…we could consider reducing the size of the parking area,” Gay said at the Nov. 18 meeting. The school’s traffic studies show that 38 parking spaces would meet maximum demand, she said, adding that less parking could mean a bigger buffer area. However, when a resident asked whether less on-site parking could just mean more people parking on High Point, Gay replied, “That’s the trade-off.” Several residents responded with mocking laughter. Regarding the curb cut and parking issues, one resident noted that the city’s Comprehensive Plan designates the area a “protected neighborhood,” which means a suburban residential character that should be maintained. Gay said she did not know that term, but added, “I can make an argument for how it’s unconstitutional to deny access to a public street for private property.” Loss of trees and wildlife on the currently wooded lot was another issue. Gay said a tree survey found 10 “specimen” trees—meaning trees 27 inches or more in diameter under city code—on the property, of which nine would be cut down. Gay said Galloway would follow the city’s tree ordinance, likely by paying into a tree replacement fund. Residents also expressed concerns that the fields would increase flooding and runoff in Nancy Creek. They also questioned why the school would want fields on a floodplain that, they said, regularly has water standing on it after heavy rains. One resident said nearly 30 inches of wa-

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Civil engineer Wesley Reed of Eberly & Associates, left, and attorney Sharon Gay, right, listen to public comments about The Galloway School’s athletic facility proposal at a Nov. 18 meeting at Sandy Springs City Hall.

ter stood on the site after downpours this month. Project engineer Wesley Reed of Eberly & Associates said bio-retention ponds would help clean runoff and that the fields must, by law, be designed in a way that does not worsen flooding. Many residents indicated they simply don’t believe that can be done. The proposal next heads to the city’s Planning Commission on Dec. 17. Public comments are due by Dec. 3 at

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During the city’s municipalization campaign, I suggested change would come slowly at first, but when we looked back over 10 years, we would see significant improvements. I was wrong. Change was instantaneous, particularly in service quality. About three days after the city launched, I spied a man in a lime-green safety vest with “City of Sandy Springs” hand-stenciled on the back. He was digging out a storm sewer. What struck me wasn’t the “City of Sandy Springs” safety vest, though I definitely noticed. More significantly, someone was cleaning out a storm drain! As a 13-year Sandy Springer, I had never seen a public employee doing something like in our community. That’s when I knew Eva Galambos’ promises about the city of Sandy Springs were real and true. Since then, the accumulated improvements are evident in public safety, roads/infrastructure, code enforcement, parks/recreation and all government services. We have paved 189 miles of roadways, built more than 30 miles in sidewalks, and have done much more than shovel work on storm sewers, with almost 1,000 stormwater repairs behind us. Sandy Springs now has 128 fulltime police officers on the street (compared to the 8-10 who served us before), and 115 men and women in our fire department who protect our property from flames and provide our community with top-quality EMS services. At the start of cityhood, the Emory University physicians who evaluated our EMS response system told us that a Sandy Springs cardiac arrest patient had a 1 percent survival chance due to an inefficient dispatch system. In other words, it was more cost-efficient to send a hearse rather than an ambulance to

many medical emergencies. uinely want to make our Our cardiac arrest survival community better. And, we rate today is 18.6 percent, are accessible. People find compared with a national us at church or synagogue, average of 8.3 percent, and in the grocery store, at Rowe regularly honor first retary, on the streets, or whersponders who demonstraever we happen to be. They bly save lives. aren’t bashful about giving We have cut the comus an earful if they are unmute via Roswell Road by happy. 32 hours a year through Nevertheless, we should RUSTY traffic management techpause to celebrate our first nology that optimizes the PAUL 10 years and contemplate efficiency of our main thorour amazing progress. But GUEST COLUMN oughfare and other arteriit’s only a pause. Once the als. party ends, we’ll refocus on I regularly encounter making our next 10 years skeptics who never believed our expereven greater. iment in municipal government would If all goes to plan, portions of Rosucceed; they almost always acknowlswell Road will become more pedestriedge their mistake. More gratifying is an-friendly and populated with nodes those who believed in the dream and featuring neighborhood shops and ressimply want to chat about their comtaurants. City Springs, with its worldmunity pride. class park, retail district, performing Yet, Sandy Springs’ greatest tribarts center, meeting venues and govute is neither the conversion of skepernment center, will become everyone’s tics nor adoration from the faithful, but neighborhood. the dozen communities who are followIn the next decade, several new parks ing our path toward independence, lowill come to fruition. We will build cal control and vastly improved public more sidewalks, enhance our reputaservices. Imitation is truly the greatest tion as a “City in a Forest,” and definiteform of flattery. ly funnel more resources toward traffic We haven’t been perfect. As I also mitigation. Our quest is to make Sandy noted in the municipalization camSprings the region’s most envied compaign, citizens would one day be as anmunity. gry with the mayor and council as they As we celebrate, I have one regret. ever were with Fulton County. After Every great cause has a visionary leader all, local government’s role is to tackle with an abject refusal to be discouraged those tough issues that most directly afor quit. That’s the most apt description fect people where they live. I can give of Eva Galambos. My greatOften, because our choices are less est disappointment is that she isn’t with than optimal, we aren’t thrilled with our us today to witness her dream’s contindecisions, either. The greatest difference ued success. is that we live here. We face the conseRusty Paul is the mayor of Sandy quences of our decisions, too. We genSprings.

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Well done. I’m an avid tations these folks—and walker and live in Sandy their families—have to LETTERS TO Springs on Hilderbrand deal with on a daily baT HE E DIT OR Drive, and certainly miss sis. I want to see people having continued sidein wheelchairs out and E-mail letters to about in our commu- walks on that street. If we want to sell Sandy Springs nity. Good, consistent as a living, working, walksidewalks go a long way ing and cycling community, we need to making that possible and their lives to prioritize the basics first -- and walkbetter. ing to and from safely is Number 1. Thank you! I’m happy to deal with traffic probM. Cathy Harmon-Christian lems as sidewalks are installed in side streets, not only the main streets. Keep moving in that direction and thanks for the article.

To the editor: Thank you so much for your wonderful article in the Sandy Springs Reporter about incomplete sidewalks. [“Incomplete sidewalks make it tough to get home,” Nov. 13-26.] It was not only informative, but gave insight into the lives of those who often are unseen, wheelchair users. As a sibling of a brother who depends on a wheelchair, sidewalks, the absence of speed bumps, parking and other basic access issues are critical for their safety and well being. I thought Bill Peet’s personal story was the perfect example to give so that others understand a bit better the limi-

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Squash the day when making a purée Someone, in fact, did say it would be easy. Blogs, books and Food Network throw-downs abound regarding the mindless simplicity of making your own pumpkin purée. Why, a Boy Scout with a pocket knife and old set of bicycle gears could do it. I saw photos of the process—step-bystep instructions where: 1. docile pumpkins lay in wait, 2. are cooked, 3. their cooked skin practically rolls itself off its own pulp, and 4. the pulp blends beautifully. In the time it takes to file your nails, you could produce a batch of smooth and vibrantly colored purée that would be fresh with flavor and bursting with vitamin A. It would be so much tastier than that brownish orange glop that comes out of a can. Yes, according to the blogs, the nutrition-to-ease ratio is roughly five-to-one in favor of going for it. I should have known better because the truth is, I’m not that great in the kitchen. I’m famous in my house for burning water. But I’m a farm-to-table kind of gal, so go for it, I did. I bought two pie pumpkins, one of which happened to be organic. I did a quick calculation of the cost and estimated that for the same amount of money, I could have purchased a case of

Libby’s canned pumpkin— beginning to get impatient, or a completely baked pie. and steaming was supposed ROBIN JEAN Home I went. After only to be faster, so I crawled about an hour, the pump- MARIE CONTE under my kitchen cabikins were sliced and gutted, net, pulled out my stock ROBIN’S NEST their slimy, stringy seeds in pot, and dumped the ena large bowl of watire batch of pumpter, awaiting the kin pieces into the next farm-to-table steamer basket. treatment. I decidI was clocking ed that roasting the into my third hour pumpkins would be of partying with the the simplest cooking pumpkins, and they method, so I lined still weren’t done. I up slices on a cookie didn’t care—I was sheet and shoved it in ready to get this the oven. over with and go Soon, my house shoe shopping. was filled with the The skins that healthy smell of had peeled off so squash. effortlessly in the The slices were photos were clingsupposed to roast for ing to the pulp 45 minutes, but my the way a woman oven was not coopclings to her purse SPECIAL on a New York suberating. It has digital controls, of course, Roasted pumpkin seeds, anyone? way, and I whitand extremely sentled them off, inch sitive ones, which by inch, and threw means that if I so much as stand next to yellowish chunks of pumpkin into the it and sneeze, it turns off. The pumpfood processor. My processer wasn’t kin had been in the oven for 30 minmachine enough for the job, though, utes when I realized that the oven had— and large masses of squash refused at some point—stopped heating. I was to be pulverized. So I pulled out my

blender. I was puréeing my third batch of the stuff around the time my kids started asking what was for dinner. Finally, during hour four, I puréed my last batch, wondering all the while what my neighbors were doing on this beautiful afternoon, just days before Thanksgiving. I surveyed my kitchen: there was a dirty food processer, an orange, goo-coated blender, a cookie sheet covered with sticky pumpkin seeds, a stock pot on the stove and a counter filled with pumpkin parts. I had produced four cups of bright orange…glop. It was filled with pumpkin strings, bits of rind, and chunks of unpuréed pumpkin. Well. You don’t find THAT in a can! It was of questionable consistency. That wouldn’t matter if it were on its way to becoming risotto, but as the featured ingredient of a pumpkin-shaped muffin, it mattered. The muffins came out cute and properly formed, but were missing a certain something, a key element…that robust flavor of pumpkin that comes conveniently out of a can. I called them “spice cakes” and roasted the seeds. And the seeds were good. Robin Conte is a writer and mother of four who lives in Dunwoody. She can be contacted at

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Time travel for the holidays BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

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by,” History Center spokesman Howard Pousner said. On Dec. 11 and Dec. 18, three historic houses on the center’s Buckhead property will show how Southerners celebrated Christmas during the pioneer days, during the Civil War era and during the 1930s, Pousner said. “While history was at the core of last year’s event, a special effort has been made to make the three historic home experiences distinct for our guests,” Pousner said. Connected by candlelit walkways, the three buildings will present decorations, music and actors portraying inhabitants from the different eras: an 1821, frontier-style observance at the Wood Family Cabin; an 1861 Christmas at the Smith Family Farm; and a 1930 soiree at the Swan House. “Meet the Past” museum theater characters are scheduled to share stories of holiday traditions of their specific places and times. For instance, guests at the Smith Family Farm help Civil Warera residents decorate for Christmas, and listen to stories and songs of the enslaved who express their hopes for the end of slavery. At the Swan House, Tray Dahl & The Jugtime Ragband bring a New Orleansstyle jazz sound to holiday classics of the 1920s and 1930s. The voices of the Atlanta Sacred Harp Singers will resound from the pioneer-era Wood Family Cabin around the canopy of Swan Woods, just steps away from Swan House, Pousner said. The History Center’s holiday celebration is not limited just to holidays of the past. “We will have a full-fledged Christ-


Left, Swan House bathed in holiday colors. Above, cookie decorating at the Atlanta History Center’s Smith Family Farm during Candlelight Nights. Facing page, Santa greets visitors at the Atlanta History Center.

mas Market as part of the event for the first time,” Pousner said. “It will be in our Allen Atrium, our dramatic, new front door off West Paces Ferry Road that recently opened inside the Atlanta History Museum.” The market is filled with local crafts and artisanal creations, he added. Children have an opportunity to meet Santa and pose for photographs at the Garden Overlook. Souper Jenny, set to open a new restaurant at the History Center in April, will sell soups, sandwiches, salads and treats in the Grand Overlook Ballroom. Tastes of winter vegetable soup also will be offered at Smith Family Farm and Brunswick stew at the Wood Family Cabin. This special holiday program is $10 for members; $15 for nonmembers; $8 for children. Atlanta History Center is located at 130 West Paces Ferry Road in Atlanta. For more information and to buy tickets, visit: Here are exhibitions and performances planned for the three historic houses. Wood Family Cabin. Be transported to Christmastime 1821 and meet a pi-

oneer family just settling into new lives on the Georgia frontier. Savor a taste of Brunswick stew provided by Souper Jenny while enjoying live music, hands-onactivities for a make n’ take toy and the smell of a holiday meal smoldering over the open hearth. Atlanta Sacred Harp Singers, 7 p.m, 8 p.m., 9 p.m. The Atlanta Sacred Harp Singers perform historic a cappella shape-note hymns from “The Sacred Harp,” a collection first published in Georgia in 1844. Smith Family Farm. Travel to Christmastime in 1861 and encounter characters from the first year of the Civil War as they share their personal stories and revive traditions of the past. Guests will help residents of the farm decorate with traditional crafts-making and hands-on activities like popcorn and garland making, salt-dough ornament activities, candle dipping, blacksmithing and open-hearth cooking. Enjoy a taste of winter vegetable soup provided by Souper Jenny. Christmas Tree Lighting, 6 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m. Listen to caroling greet you as you gather round to light the candles on the Christmas tree. The Yule Log, 6:15 p.m, 7:15 p.m.,

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out & about Here are other events scheduled as part of the History Center’s Candlelight Nights events, to be held Dec. 11 and Dec. 18 from 5:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. Christmas Market, Dec. 11 and Dec. 18, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Purchase special, one-of-a-kind gifts from local artists and craftsmen. Alliance Theatre Carolers, Dec. 11 and Dec. 18, 6:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. The Alliance Theatre Carolers sing Christmas carols during two special evening performances. Visit with Santa Claus, Dec. 11, 5:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. and Dec. 18, 7 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Grab your camera and get ready to photograph the family while visiting with Old Saint Nick. Octave, an a capella group, performs at the Mable Dorn Reeder Amphitheater, 6:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 8:15 p.m. Dec. 11 and Dec. 18. 8:15 p.m., 9:15 p.m. Stories and songs sung around the fire as the enslaved community celebrates Christmas and hopes for the end of slavery. Afterward, visit with interpreters as they discuss resistance and the history of holidays for the enslaved. A Christmas Feast, 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. Experience a special Christmas dinner as the Smiths sit down to a course of traditional Civil War-era delicacies and share family stories and traditions of the season. “Meet the Past” Museum Theatre Performance: Stephen’s Story, 6:45 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 8:30 p.m. Meet Stephen, an enslaved woodworker who must face a crucial decision regarding his future during the holiday season. This decision will impact the lives of those closest to him, for better or worse. Swan House. Revel in the holiday season of 1930 as you are transported to a Jazz Age Christmas party at the Swan House, where the Inman family and Swan House staff celebrates the season. Guests will encounter Grant Cart-

er as he prepares a 1929 Hudson Super Six sedan for holiday travel in the city; meet Edward Inman as he shares why he donated to the Empty Stocking Fund and how the charity is helping those in need in Atlanta today; and go behindthe-scenes in the kitchen with Lucille Arnold as she prepares holiday meals and shares her plans on celebrating the holidays with her own family once her Swan House shift is done. Create your own 1930s holiday before enjoying dessert and listening to live music and singing in the Morning Room of the Swan House. Tray Dahl & The Jugtime Ragband, 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m. Tray Dahl & The Jugtime Ragband is a New Orleans-style jazz band that specializes in 1920s and 1930s classics. Join the group as it performs Christmas songs of yesteryear, inspiring visitors to dance, smile and tap their feet. Piano Christmas sing-along with Ruby Ross Wood, 5:45 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Ruby Ross Wood, the Inman’s interior decorator, leads guests in a singalong of traditional Christmas songs.



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Wonderland Ballet Thursday, Dec. 3, 6-8 p.m. – J Dance

Company and Collective Dance Project come together for an otherwordly performance following the classic tale of “Alice in Wonderland.” Kids and adults alike will enjoy watching Alice enter Wonderland and meet some odd characters along the way. Tickets are $10 for members, $14 for nonmembers. Continues Sunday,

Dec. 6, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. MJCCA at Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. For more details, go online to

Light Up Brookhaven Thursday, Dec. 3, 6-8 p.m. – The popular

neighborhood Light Up Brookhaven event takes place at Blackburn Park. The whole family is invited to enjoy musical performances, visits and photo ops with Santa, a hot chocolate sale benefiting Montgomery Elementary, refreshments and a Christmas tree and dreidel. Free and open to the public. 3493 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd., Brookhaven, 30319. Have questions? Go to

Vodka & Latkes Thursday, Dec. 3, 7-10 p.m. – Celebrate Hanukah with MJCCA at the Rose Bar and Lounge in Buckhead. Each ticket purchase in-

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Family Day at Spruill Saturday, Dec. 5, 12-2 p.m. – The Spruill Gallery

invites the entire family to come out for an afternoon of holiday shopping and activities. Adults can look for gifts for their loved ones while kids stay busy with activities. Free. 4681 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30346. To learn more, go to spruillarts. org or call 770-394-4019.

Open Studio Saturday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. –

Brookhaven Potter Tammy Josephson hosts the annual Holiday Open Studio event featuring special guest Marcia Smith, a jewelry designer from Naples, Fla. Skip the mall this year and buy directly from the artists instead! Free and open to the public. 2757 Grove Street, Brookhaven, 30319, driveway entrance. For more information, call 404-849-4281 or go online to tjpots. com.

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Shalom Synagogue celebrates its 101st anniversary and hosts its 40th annual Hanukkah Bazaar. Guests can sample authentic Sephardic/ Mediterranean cuisine as well as handmade delicacies and pastries while they shop at booths featuring local art, jewelry, crafts, used books and more. Kids will enjoy an expanded art and game room, and everyone can participate in a 50/50 raffle to win cash prizes. The Synagogue’s famous burekas will be sold individually or by the dozen with flavors such as potato, spinach, eggplant, rice and meat. Free and open to the community. 1681 N. Druid Hills Rd. NE, Brookhaven, 30319. For further information, email or visit

Handmade Gift Bazaar

Saturday, Dec. 12, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. – With the holidays just around the corner, Spruill Gallery presents a showcase of new gift items by local artisans. Select participating artists will be on hand to meet and greet as well. 4681 Ashford- Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30346. Questions? Go to or call 770-394-4019.

Live Nativity Saturday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 13, 6-8 p.m. – All are

invited to this well-loved Chastain Park neighborhood tradition. The story of the first Christmas will be depicted on the church lawn with live actors and animals. Christmas carols will be sung in the sanctuary and refreshments will be served. Free and open to all. Sardis United Methodist Church, 3725 Powers Ferry Rd., Buckhead, 30342. Learn more by emailing, calling 404237-6060 or visiting

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Dan Sasser loves coming and going as he pleases. That’s just one of many reasons he chose Canterbury Court to be his home. “I left a tenured position so I could live wherever I wanted. Then I retired at 60 and was working part time when I discovered Canterbury Court. I thought, ‘How wonderful it would be to live there.’” When he decided to move to Canterbury Court, he chose a studio apartment, which he says “is more than big enough for me.” The maintenance-free lifestyle also lets him keep a second home in Florida and take frequent road trips. Dan says people are “missing the boat” by not moving to a retirement community sooner. “Here you have several restaurant options, all kinds of activities and excursions, a theater with daily showings, a heated pool and wellness center, 11 acres of beautiful gardens ... it’s like being on a permanent vacation!”

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Fellowship Hall. Presenting a wide array of handcrafted gifts, jewelry, home decor, accessories and more, the offerings come from Haiti and around the world. Gift cards and fair trade food products and baskets will also be for sale. Proceeds support the efforts of Ten Thousand Villages and La Gonave Haiti Partnership. The church will also offer Lessons and Carols the same morning at 11 a.m. Free parking is available on the top deck of the Peachtree Battle Shopping Center just south of the church. 2461 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, 30305. Need more details? Go to or call 404-237-0363.

Brookhaven Christian Church Saturday, Nov. 28 through Sunday, Dec. 6 – For 25 years, church members and vol-

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n a recent Friday evening, families and couples were filling up Nancy G’s, the casual dining restaurant tucked into a back corner of the Fountain Oaks Shopping Center off Roswell Road.



“I can’t believe it’s been 10 years,” says Nancy Goodrich, owner of the restaurant, as she greets customers at the door. Although she’s speaking of the anniversary of her dining spot, she also knows that Nancy G’s shares its anniversary with the beginning of incorporated Sandy Springs. “I feel like we’re growing up together,” she said.

That $220 million redevelopment fulfills a major promise the city made in its first decade: to create a new downtown. But, as the mayor’s ceremony of symbolic unity suggests, Sandy Springs is also still in the process of inventing itself.


elcome to everybody’s neighborhood,” said Mayor Rusty Paul at September’s groundbreaking at City Springs, as two dozen residents heeded his call to bring soil from their neighborhoods to mingle at the site.


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Consistency in service and food are what make Nancy G’s successful today, Goodrich says. And she believes those traits are also what makes Sandy Springs a thriving city now. For City Councilman Tibby DeJulio, elected to represent District 5 in the city’s first election a decade ago and who still sits on the council, it is consistency and quality of service from the city’s government that ensures its approximately 102,000 residents are safe and pleased with its leadership. “The city is run on a very professional basis,” he said. “Not only have we evolved and progressed better than we expected, we have done better than we ever hoped to.”

DECADES OF LOBBYING FOR CITY In 1987, DeJulio became embroiled in a zoning battle with Fulton County when county officials planned to tear down houses across the street from his home in order to build apartment buildings. DeJulio said he argued before the Fulton County Commission to stop the plans — and he won. Shortly after,


City Springs THEN: The Owens family poses in front of their home around 1898 on what is now the City Springs site. The house stood in the area of the former Target store along Mount Vernon Highway. (Photo: Heritage Sandy Springs) NOW: An illustration released by the city earlier this year of one of the City Springs redevelopment buildings under construction on the site now. City Springs is set to open in late 2017.

2005 Legislature approves creation of the city of Sandy Springs.





he met Eva Galambos, known as the mother of Sandy Springs. “She told me what she was trying to do and asked me to join,” DeJulio remembered. “And then I went to a meeting of the Committee for Sandy Springs.” Galambos and others had formed the committee in 1975 after the city of Atlanta attempted to annex Sandy Springs. Those living in Sandy Springs were unhappy with Fulton County services, such as police protection, and they also felt their tax dollars were being used to bolster the less financially stable south Fulton. Zoning battles between Sandy Springs and the county, which wanted more development, were common. And while state Democrats accused the Sandy Springs cityhood movement of being nothing more than “white flight” and used their power in the General Assembly to block cityhood efforts, DeJulio said Sandy Springs residents were simply tired of being tied to a non-responsive Fulton County government. One county study showed Sandy Springs residents sent $91 million more to Fulton County than they received in services annually. The first meetings of the Committee for Sandy Springs were primarily organizational, DeJulio said. They dealt with matters such as determining what kind of structure the city would have and who would be making decisions. The meetings were held in members’ homes, in boardrooms of local businesses and also in the Sandy Springs United Methodist Church. “It was a time when we knew we had a lot of work to do, a lot of people to lobby. Atlanta was very open about wanting to annex us only for our revenue — the city never talked about what it could do to help Sandy Springs,” DeJulio said. And lobby they did. Volunteers with the committee spent weeks and months, eventually more than 20 years, lobbying legislators under the Gold Dome, asking them to pass legislation to put a referendum on the ballot that would give residents of Sandy Springs a chance to vote to incorporate their city. “Every year we hoped, and every year we tried different angles at the Legislature,” said Carolyn Axt, recently retired executive director of Leadership Sandy Springs. “Eva would come and talk to our class every year and give an update on efforts. And every year we


Voters approve Sandy Springs formally incorporates, the creation of the city of first new city in Georgia in nearly 50 years. Eva Sandy Springs. NinetyGalambos is elected the city’s first mayor. Tibby four percent say yes. DeJulio, Dianne Fries, Karen Meinzen McEnerny and Pictured right: Rusty Paul are elected to the first city council. DaEva Galambos with key to vid Greenspan and Ashley Jenkins later win runoff the new city. elections to take seats on the inaugural council. | NOV. 27 – DEC. 10, 2015 |

wouldn’t quite get it through.” DeJulio said he and Galambos spent many days and nights speaking publicly about the benefits of incorporating Sandy Springs, including having local governmental control and deciding how the city’s money would be spent. Three studies done by the Vinson Institute of the University of Georgia showed cityhood was right for Sandy Springs, he said. “When we had debates on the pros and cons of cityhood, we were hard pressed to find someone from the other side. We often had to get someone from Atlanta or from Fulton County to represent the opposition,” DeJulio said. In 2005, with Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue in office and a Republican majority in the House and Senate, Sandy Springs finally got its wish — the Legislature authorized a referendum for Sandy Springs. This marked the first time in some 50 years that residents would get to vote to create a new city in Georgia. “Eva came to talk to our class that year and said, ‘Guess what? We’re going to have a city,’” Axt remembered. “And then we had a short time to put everything together and the community quickly came together. The dog had caught the train and we had to make sure we were ready.”

‘A CITY RUN ON A PROFESSIONAL BASIS’ The referendum was set for June 21, 2005. When the votes were counted, 94 percent of Sandy Springs’ voters said they wanted to incorporate. “It was a day of great celebration. We met that night at Heritage Sandy Springs and celebrated and proclaimed victory. But we also knew it was the beginning of a huge amount of work that needed to be done,” said DeJulio. After a night of celebrating and a few hours of sleep, those working to create the city of Sandy Springs woke up the next morning ready to get to work. Task forces were formed immediately to take on issues including police and fire, finances, administration and public works. “Eva and I spent about 17 years working to form the city. And during that time we did a lot of planning,” said DeJulio. “We pretty much knew what had to be done.” Not wanting a bureaucracy, volunteers working to set up Sandy Springs’



John McDonough starts work as the city’s first city manager. The police department begins operations.

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government decided it would be best to run the city like a corporate board structure — with a mayor as the CEO and the council as the board of directors. “We wanted the city run on a professional basis. We didn’t want to have a lot of people hiring relatives, for example,” DeJulio said. This meant hiring a private company to run much of the city’s departments, other than police and fire — something unheard of at the time for municipal governments. Now Sandy Springs stands as a model city for others desiring private-public partnerships. The city’s first election was held in November 2005. Galambos was easily elected mayor. And when it came to hiring the city manager, she conducted an unconventional interview. “The phone call comes. The headhunter says…‘I’ve got this really interesting opportunity. This opportunity is not traditional. This is something different,” remembered John McDonough, the city’s first and only city manager. McDonough applied and was interviewed by “citizens screening committees” and then he met with Mayor Galambos at Island Ford Park on the Chattahoochee. “She got her hiking boots on. She said, ‘Let’s go for a hike.’ Off we went, had an impromptu hike,” while she interviewed him. “Eva was just the epitome of a leader…She was so impressive, had a clear vision,” he said. At midnight on Dec. 1, 2005, the reins were turned over from Fulton County to the fledgling Sandy Springs. “It was like turning on a light switch,” DeJulio said. “We had to be prepared to run an entire city.” City Council members were sworn in on the eve of Nov. 30 and then again shortly after midnight on Dec. 1 to ensure all was legal, DeJulio said. The first order of business was to hire Colorado-based CH2M Hill to run the daily operations of the city. With a private corporation in place to run the city, the mayor and council took on its first priority in the coming weeks — establishing its own police and fire departments, with both coming online in 2006. In 2011, the city decided to do away with CH2M Hill and instead go with several private companies to operate individual city government departments like public works and administration. This saved the city $7 million in operating costs, DeJulio said.



City buys parks from Fulton County. The fire department begins operations.

“In 10 years we have never had a tax increase and we can’t have one without a referendum,” he said. “We run a very lean city.” During its last year under Fulton County control, Sandy Springs saw $600,000 spent on fixing roads; in its first year as a city, Sandy Springs spent $7 million, DeJulio said. In its first decade, Sandy Springs has paved more than 160 miles of roads and also rebuilt 25 miles of roads; the city has paved 20 miles of sidewalks. “None of this was being handled before by Fulton County. Our requests were being ignored,” DeJulio said. Sandy Springs leadership also knew it was crucial to preserve green space and establish a park system. The new city began buying land back from the county and eventually opened up such notable parks as Morgan Falls Overlook Park in 2010 and Abernathy Greenway in 2014. Linda Bain, executive director of the Sandy Springs Conservancy, praises the city’s leadership in ensuring parks remain a key part of the city’s continuing development. “We have really strong bones here,” she said of the city’s officials. What is somewhat lacking, however, is a sure Sandy Springs identity. In 2012, the city council approved a master plan for a $220 million City Center located on Roswell Road north of I-285. The center will include a performing arts center, government meeting space, and some retail and residential units. The City Center, set to open in December 2017, is expected to give the city a much-needed symbolic site to better establish a city identity, said Axt and DeJulio. “At one time, Sandy Springs was just a crossroads. Now it has developed into a vibrant, energetic, energized community,” Axt said. “We are no longer an experiment,” Axt said. “We’ve always had a sense of belonging and now we are developing a sense of place.” DeJulio is also optimistic that the City Center will provide the city a much-needed unifying space. “We really are counting on it bringing the community together,” he said. “When I ask people if they live in Sandy Springs and they say, ‘No,’ I always tell them, ‘I’m very sorry. Maybe someday you’ll be lucky enough to live here.’”

A decade behind us, and we’ve only just begun.

Congratulations to the City of Sandy Springs on turning 10!

John Ruch contributed to this article.



Friends of Sandy Springs, an organization started decades earlier to promote the creation of a city of Sandy Springs, officially goes out of business. Tibby DeJulio and Rusty Paul turn over the last $14,000 in the organization’s treasury to the city. |

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The city celebrates its 10th anniversary with a Dec. 1 open house and a Dec. 4 birthday party at City Hall. The open house, on Tues., Dec. 1, comes before that evening’s City Council meeting. It’s also the exact birthday of the city, which began operations Dec. 1, 2005. The free event runs 4 to 5:45 p.m. at 7840 Roswell Road. It will feature guided tours of various city departments. For more, see or call 770-730-5600. The birthday party on Fri., Dec. 4 will include entertainment, food and a “walk down memory lane” with historic images, according to the city. The party runs 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Sherwood Event Facility, 8610 Roswell Road. Tickets are $30 advance, $40 at the door. For ticket information, see


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Sandy Springs’ development hot spots for the next 10 years In its first 10 years, the city focused on planning a new “downtown” on central Roswell Road. In its “Next Ten” planning process underway—including a revised land-use plan and a new zoning code—the city is eyeing a wider variety of development opportunities and challenges. Some are places where the city hopes to spotlight, like Powers Ferry Landing. Some are places where the city is preparing for other agencies’ plans, such as MARTA’s proposed Red Line expansion. This map shows Sandy Springs’ likely development hot spots of the next decade.

MARTA Northridge station MARTA proposes a new station at Ga. 400 and Northridge Road as part of a five-station extension of the Red Line to Alpharetta. That’s not a done deal and would be years away. But existing MARTA stations are sparking transitoriented redevelopment, and the city is planning ahead for a Northridge area boom.

North Roswell Road The northern section of the city’s main thoroughfare is mostly known for strip malls, older apartments and the office park where City Hall is currently located. The city envisions “nodes” of walkable, mixed-use mini-neighborhoods replacing today’s highway feel.

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Abernathy Road/Ga. 400 Surrounded by some of the largest undeveloped tracts in town, this major interchange area is seeing a major boom that will roll into the next decade. On the west side, the Mercedes-Benz USA headquarters is coming in 2018, along with huge Ashton Woods housing developments. On the east side, there are stalled plans for an office skyscraper, a luxury hotel and more. And MARTA’s North Springs station could see a Red Line extension boom.

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The crown jewel of the city’s first decade of planning, this $220 million redevelopment will create a new City Hall, concert halls, parks, apartments and commercial spaces. It’s slated to open in late 2017. Big as it is, City Springs is just part of a larger plan for a new, mixed-use downtown that private developers are already starting to build in some older shopping centers.



“Sandy Springs, 10 years into its existence, still struggles with our identity,” said Paul in a recent interview. Creating a sense of place and community through redevelopment remains a priority that will define the city’s next decade, he said. The city’s “Next Ten” planning process is tackling that challenge head-on. Continuing into next year, the process will set new standards for redevelopment, in part by looking Pill Hill closely at both popular areas and neglectThe medical area is anchored by three rapidly ed corners of the city. Community leaders expanding hospitals—Northside, Emory St. Joseph’s express optimism about the Next Ten— and Children’s Healthcare—and is starting to see though with varying degrees of caution. residential development that could continue, espe“I think that they’re probably going to cially around MARTA’s Medical Center station. A big do a very good job of figuring out which planning question is how Pill Hill will cope with its way people want us to go in the future,” nightmarish rush-hour traffic. said Trisha Thompson, president of the Sandy Springs Council of Neighborhoods. “I’m eternally optimistic, but I’m definitely feeling, as an HOA president, very hesitant,” said Matt LaMarsh, president of the Mount Vernon Woods Homeowners Association, who lives in one of the hottest redevelopment spots at Ga. 400 and Abernathy Road. Everyone agrees that traffic congesGateway/south Roswell Road tion is the city’s biggest challenge. A rebuild of the Ga. 400/I-285 interAs with the northern stretch of Roswell Road, the city envisions walkable, change will be a defining project of the mixed-use developments. An early test of that vision comes next year as the next decade, but it’s just part of possihuge Gateway mixed-use project opens on the Atlanta border, with over 20 ble solutions that may bring more loacres of stores and hundreds of apartments. The city already plans to alter the cal MARTA stations and transit-oriRoswell and Windsor Parkway intersection to handle the new traffic.

Powers Ferry Landing This business area, flanking I-285 at the city’s far western border, has long struggled with a sense of identity. Many people don’t realize it’s in Sandy Springs, and Cobb County commuter traffic is a challenge. The city will try to rouse what founding Mayor Eva Galambos once called a “sleeping giant.”




Groundbreaking for Abernathy Linear Park.



7/28 Morgan Falls Overlook Park, the first park completely developed by the city, opens to the public.





Sandy Springs Farmers Market opens.

City ends using single contractor, CH2M HILL, to provide city services.

Georgia Supreme Court sides with sign companies against four cities, eliminating billboard restrictions put in place before the areas were incorporated.

The first markets are held at the city-owned Target site on Johnson Ferry Road.

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ented development. Sandy Springs, a city founded on localism, likely will join in more regional planning, officials say. “I see a crystal ball that looks very bright, very promising,” said Yvonne Williams, president and CEO of the Perimeter Center Improvement Districts, describing Sandy Springs as poised to seize opportunities and overcome challenges.


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It drives the mayor crazy when locals use “Atlanta” rather than “Sandy Springs” in their street addresses, or when people think the King and Queen buildings are the city’s downtown. “Part of [the future] is to create this larger sense of community…the sense of place like Marietta has, like Decatur has,” Paul said. City Springs is a massive attempt to do that by combining a new City Hall, performing arts center and parks with a mixed-use project. When it opens in 2017, it should anchor a more walkable downtown. And, Paul said, it will tie together some disparate Sandy Springs neighborhoods, like the southern end around Chastain Park or the panhandle that often identifies as Dunwoody. “That’s a legacy project,” said City Manager John McDonough. “I think even five years from now, you’ll see a completely different landscape. I think [there will be] more focus on community, more interaction among people.” But even as it builds that landmark project, the city is looking ahead to a different kind of place-making. Instead of rebuilding entire neighborhoods, the next phase is more about adding to them. Paul said he’d like to see the rest of Roswell Road lined with small, walkable clusters of shops and restaurants instead of shopping centers—“a little community meeting space, if you will.” “We want to broaden the horizon of what a neighborhood is,” he said. “In the next 10 years, that’s kind of our vision.”

THE NEXT TEN The Next Ten process is how Sandy Springs will put such visions on paper. Among the results will be a new Comprehensive Plan of land-use



Metro voters reject T-SPLOST, a regional tax that would have raised $6 billion for transportation improvements.

City settles dispute with billboard companies. City officials agree to allow 10 new signs, but limits them along Roswell Road.

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guidelines; a new, unified zoning and building code; and several “Small Area Plans” giving detailed visions of such areas as Roswell Road’s northern and southern reaches. “The focus on the next 10 years is different from the first 10 years,” said McDonough. “The first 10 years focused on creating the delivery system” for city services, planning and infrastructure, he said. Now it’s about delivering the products, especially City Springs, but also the more refined input process of the Next Ten. “We should have broad community support. If we don’t, we missed our mark,” McDonough said of the development that will follow the Next Ten guidelines. “In the end, it should be the community’s plan.” Thompson, the Council of Neighborhoods president, said the Next Ten isn’t exactly grassroots planning, but does involve more public input than ever. “I’m not sure it is building [a plan] on public input, but I truly believe this new crew [of planners], they are scouring every nook and corner of Sandy Springs they can think of to garner opinion,” she said. Thompson said the future of Sandy Springs lies in pushing for higher-quality development standards, and that the current mayor and City Council are more responsive to that, especially after the Glenridge Hall estate controversy earlier this year. “They see the older homes coming down. They see trees coming down,” she said. All developers know how to build projects that contribute to a good quality of life, Thompson said, adding, “It’s just whether we can force them to do it in Sandy Springs and not bring their cheap end.” LaMarsh isn’t as convinced that the city’s leaders are on the right track. He and wife Melissa are part of Sandy Springs’ post-cityhood generation, having moved here from Acworth four years ago to be closer to Atlanta and start a family in a “dynamic community.” “We certainly got it,” LaMarsh said with a laugh. The land surrounding their neighborhood is now the site of two enormous and controversial housing plans by developer Ashton Woods. LaMarsh has been a leader in the debates, at one point threatening to sue, and more recently helping broker a key compromise. There’s no guarantee that city leaders will stick to the new development


guidelines, LaMarsh said. And he worries that most big parcels will be built out already with less thoughtful projects. “My concern here is the damage has been done and it’s going to be hard for us to climb out of [existing projects],” he said. “My fear is we’ve moved a little too far, a little too fast.” However, LaMarsh counts himself a fan of some pending projects, including City Springs. “I think the future of the city is bright and we do have some good things coming down the pipe,” he said. “Hopefully we can continue to protect the neighborhoods that kind of made Sandy Springs, Sandy Springs.”

TRAFFIC AND TRANSIT With all of the growth comes traffic, and solutions to it may reshape several parts of the city. The billion-dollar project to add lanes on Ga. 400/I-285 will start in about a year and wrap up in 2020. But potentially even more landscape-changing is MARTA’s proposed Red Line extension to Alpharetta. The Next Ten includes transit-oriented development studies around the existing North Springs station and a potential Northridge Road station. “Long term, to absorb population growth…we need to have more efficient transportation, and the only way we’re going to do it is mass transit,” said Mayor Paul. “Unless you have transit…we are going to drown in traffic, and we’re going to kill the goose that lays the golden egg and destroy our quality of life.” While it may not feel like it at rush hour, “We’re ahead of the curve” on longterm traffic solutions, said the PCIDs’ Williams. The Perimeter Center’s future includes shuttle systems, more sidewalks and multi-use trails, and more east-west connection roads. Other possibilities include a bus rapid-transit route along the Perimeter to Cobb County, she said. “We’re going to see a very walkable district,” said Williams. In fact, the future may be largely about getting Sandy Springs out of its car. Walkability is key to the sort of place-making the mayor envisions at both City Springs and the mini-neighborhoods of Roswell Road. “If we can do that over the next 10 years,” Paul said, “we’ll be a long way toward making Sandy Springs the most enviable community of [metro] Atlanta.”


Consultant Goody Clancy proposes a downtown redevelopment anchored at the Target site that includes a street grid and a network of green spaces.

4/22 Mayor Eva Galambos announces her retirement at the end of her second term.

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12/5 Eva Galambos turns the mayor’s gavel over to Rusty Paul. She says farewell with a poem that concludes: “It’s been a great eight years/we’ve tackled small and big affairs/we set a tone for those to follow/I have no fears about tomorrow.” |

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Sandy Springs at Ten - Other Views


s Sandy Springs better off now than we were 10 years ago? Was incorporation worth it? Whenever I attend community or civic events, I am always struck by the tremendous pride that our residents, business owners and government leaders have for their home town. There is a passion and a spirit of cooperation that exists in Sandy Springs that I believe is the direct result of our incorporation 10 years ago. Certainly, things like the groundbreaking of City Springs, new road improvements, the addition of sidewalks and parks, and the city’s strong financial condition and high bond rating are all tangible accomplishments we can point to, but it is the intangible component of our Chris Burnett civic pride coupled with strong leadership that makes all these things possible. Both our city and our chamber celebrate their 10th birthdays this year and this is an exciting time of reflection for us. In the past decade, we have seen iconic international companies move their corporate headquarters to Sandy Springs. We have also seen many budding small businesses get their start here, including our company, Bank of Sandy Springs, which opened here in 2014 to help invest in the future of our community. We have seen the expansion of our public and private schools, and we’ve seen the development and construction of some beautiful neighborhoods and homes within our city. Our long-time residents are staying here, and new residents are coming here because of the quality of life and the quality of community that Sandy Springs offers. We know that success and growth come with their own set of challenges, and building and maintaining a strong community infrastructure requires vision and hard work. Because we are our own city, we control our financial and strategic planning decisions in ways that were unavailable to us 10 years ago. For these reasons, incorporation has given the residents and leaders of Sandy Springs more control over their city’s destiny. Our mission will be to keep the fire that we feel for our city today burning for decades to come, and to pass on our sense of pride to the next generation of residents and leaders. If we do this effectively, then Sandy Springs will continue to enjoy its current level of success and prosperity, and will continue to be Georgia’s greatest city. Chris Burnett is market president of the Bank of Sandy Springs and chairman of the board of the Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce.


or the first six years of its existence, the Sandy Springs Council of Neighborhoods worked directly with Fulton County on behalf of the neighborhoods. We dealt with seven commissioners, only one of whom had our interests at heart. We had successes. However, we still suffered while watching huge amounts of our tax dollars being diverted to both north and south Fulton. Our roads were potholed, police and fire departments were understaffed for the needs of the community, and the response times were bad. Since cityhood, we’ve gained award-winning fire and poTrisha Thompson lice departments as well as a volunteer COPS program that’s a big success. We’ve gained better roads and more sidewalks. We’ve gained the cleanup of garbage-strewn, deteriorated sections of town. We’ve gained repairs of broken stormwater systems. We’ve gained more and better parks. We’ve also gained a traffic control system that helps the traffic flow along Roswell and Abernathy roads. None—not one—of these would have been implemented at the level of quality we have seen had we not become a city. Yes, we have rezonings that bring additional traffic, but this would have occurred even in Fulton County—and, believe me, with far less care, less quality and less thought given to impact mitigation. If you look at the total picture and the total scorecard, we’ve gained, and those gains are huge. For our future, the challenge will be to control quality. The concerns need to be focused on: the quality of the homes and projects being built; the quality of our natural environment—preservation of trees and green space; the quality of our schools; and our quality of life. Traffic is a huge detriment to our quality of life today. Infill development is of major concern in the neighborhoods. We don’t think anyone is against more people—it’s just how to include them without chopping down all the trees and gridlocking our roads. We do want new businesses. We will have new residents. We want everyone to share a fantastic quality of life in a beautiful city. Trisha Thompson is the president of the Sandy Springs Council of Neighborhoods.

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Sandy Springs at Ten - Other Views

ongratulations to the city of Sandy Springs on turning 10! Prior to the city’s formation in 2005, many people worked for decades to make it happen. Two primary goals of the innovative new city were to control the services provided to citizens/businesses and to control development. Due to the necessity of delivering services and the real estate recession of 2008-2012, we now see development—both new projects and how the city addresses future development—begin to have a significant impact on the direction of the city. My perspective extends 36 years, having attended high school in Sandy Springs, lived half of those years here, and worked for compaKirk S. Demetrops nies all with a Sandy Springs address. The great news in Sandy Springs regarding development is plentiful. The city’s southern boundary is improving with the Sandy Springs Gateway project at Windsor and other development moving up Roswell Road from there. The eastern boundary at Perimeter Center is truly seeing a live-work-play environment unfold. Downtown Sandy Springs is poised for the biggest change, with perhaps the most local impact toward quality of life (a “real” downtown) wanted by many who live and work in Sandy Springs. Projects underway or expected to start soon should create more development in downtown than has occurred in the last 20 years combined. This is led by City Springs, the public-private partnership development under construction, that will deliver a new City Hall and performing arts venue, private mixed-use development and open space. This development and others announced should create the critical mass needed. So what are the significant challenges? I see two. One, land use and zoning, and two, Roswell Road north of Abernathy to the city of Roswell border. The city is currently in the process of updating its zoning ordinances and procedures. I commend the leadership of the mayor and council for initiating this. Lengthy, controversial zonings are counterproductive. From a developer’s perspective, time is usually not our ally. Windows of opportunity open up in our business but do not remain forever. A more efficient, interest-aligned process will benefit all stakeholders. Roswell Road north of Abernathy should be the city’s next big platform for change. The road is a primary artery serving a significant portion of the city. I believe more publicprivate initiatives will be needed. As I look ahead, and knowing the probable developments to come out of the ground, I do see a city moving in a great direction and the new real estate developments having a significant contribution to the success of the city. Kirk S. Demetrops is president of MidCity Real Estate Partners.

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ot so long ago, the Wall Street Journal highlighted 20 troubled American cities and how Chapter 11 bankruptcy appears to be the only option to wipe the slate clean and start

over. How can such a municipal mess be avoided? One suggestion may be to look at the city of Sandy Springs and its model for providing city services. Ten years ago, when Sandy Springs incorporated, the model of outsourcing was viewed with skepticism. But as the community celebrates it first decade, evidence of accomplishments is in full view: miles of roads paved, new parks and construction underway to create an epicenter for the community. All accomplished withRep. Joe Wilkinson out a tax increase. Before cityhood, Sandy Springs was part of unincorporated Fulton County, and residents were poorly policed while paying high taxes for few services. That is why I made it my main mission to get the cityhood legislation ratified by the General Assembly, so it could go to the voters. There was an unwavering desire for governance close to home, and that is what Sandy Springs has today. Those making decisions on behalf of the community live within that same community. There is a greater level of accountability. Accessibility also matters, and if you ask any of the members of the Sandy Springs City Council, past or present, they hear from their constituents frequently, via phone calls and emails, as well as in the grocery line and at local events. It is gratifying to see the positive chain reaction that has occurred since 2005, with other cities and counties opting for more privatization of services. In addition to the business model, there is a sense of ownership within the Sandy Springs community. This is a city comprised of residents who feel empowered and who exercise their right to voice an opinion. They also frequently back up the talk with action. The community is strengthened by its volunteerism, as is evidenced by groups such as the conservancy and Leadership Sandy Springs, which have been instrumental in the increase in parks and programs within the city. And both the police and fire departments have troops of volunteers providing assistance from house checks to manning water rehab tents during emergencies. They give. The city gives. It works. As Sandy Springs celebrates 10 years, it’s a good time to say congratulations on thinking different, taking the risk and a job well done. It will be interesting to watch what we do as a community in our next 10 years. Joe Wilkinson represents District 52 in the state House of Representatives.

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Nonprofit thrift store provides free clothing to the homeless BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

Robyn Hazelrigs helps clothe the Hazelrigs said three 17-year-old needy. boys came into the store in March “I give out anywhere from $125,000 2013 wearing pants hanging off their to $140,000 a year in free clothing,” hips, hoodies and T-shirts. “They came Hazelrigs said. “We are one of the only in and said, ‘We need suits. We’ve nevstores in Atlanta that gives free clother owned suits and we have job intering.” views,’” Hazelrigs Hazelrigs mansaid. Do you know an organization or ages the BuckHazelrigs said she head THRIFTique, helped the recent individual making a difference a nonprofit clothhigh school graduin our community? Email ing, food pantry and ates get dressed and thrift shop operatshowed them how to ed Monday through tie their ties. Sunday by Buckhead “One man Christian Ministries turned around and and located at 800 said, ‘My mom’s Miami Circle. never seen me in a The money the suit. This is going to store earns selling make her day,’” Hasecondhand clothes zelrigs said. “That’s goes toward operatwhen I knew we ing expenses, such as were making a huge the light bill, Hazeldifference.” rigs said. The rest of Though she regPHOTOS BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE the clothes are given ularly works with THRIFTique store manager away. 40 to 45 volunRobyn Hazelrigs. She also donates teers, Hazelrigs said reading material. she always needs “I give a free book more help around away to every child that comes in the the store and more donations. “I love door because I feel every child should coming to work,” she said. “You get in have a book,” she said. your car and you know you’ve made a Hazelrigs said the ministry helps difference every single day and people people in need, including the homeare so grateful.” less and people who are out of work or Shortly after she started volunteerhave had their work hours cut. Single ing at the shop in 2006, Hazelrigs parents and parents of multiple chillearned teenagers chose to skip prom dren who can only work part time and because they couldn’t afford dresspeople struggling to pay medical bills es and tuxes. She said she asked why also receive help after proving they live the store couldn’t just give away dressin the 15 ZIP-code area the nonprofes because they had so many. it serves. Every March, Hazelrigs gives away Local religious organizations of all more than 150 prom dresses and tuxdenominations and for-profit clothing es, many of which are donated by Le vendors regularly donate to the shop Dress, a shop located in Sandy Springs. to help its clients, who live in areas The thrift store even helps coordinate spread across Buckhead, Brookhaven, a prom held at Covenant House, a Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. homeless shelter for teenagers. Adults aren’t the only ones who The community of people helped need help. by Buckhead Christian Ministries’

clothing bank also includes about a dozen people living under a nearby bridge, Hazelrigs said. “They use the thrift store as a personal closet, she said. The thrift store receives such great donations that it creates the best dressed homeless people, Hazelrigs said. “Because of this area, we get such great donations through the door regularly. I get so much Ralph Lauren that I can’t mark it up.” Armani and Prada are two designer

brands in the thrift store, but “marked up” prices mean $20 for an Armani tie that might sell for $250 new in a store, Hazelrigs said. Prada shoes sell for hundreds of dollars less as well. Hazelrigs said she gives away J. Crew, Abercrombie & Fitch clothes every day. “We have great people walking around looking good,” she said. “We have the best looking homeless people in Atlanta walking around.”


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Barfield family member opposes Mercedes street renaming CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

Drive from sometime before the Civil War to around the mid-1940s. That’s when Kite’s great-grandfather, William Monroe Barfield, died. “They were farmers,” Kite said. “They called it a plantation. It may have been [a plantation] before the Civil War.” Kite’s mother said she was “born in that plantation house…She remembered playing up and down the street when she was a child.” The Sandy Springs area at the time was considered part of Marietta, where more Barfields lived, Kite said. She said her grandfather, Ernest Barfield, identified himself as a cousin of Mary Phagan, the 13-year-old victim in a notorious 1913 murder case that led to the lynching of Leo Frank in Marietta. Kite said she learned about MBUSA’s street renaming proposal from a friend, Terrence Smith Sr. Smith said he sent Kite’s letter to the city on her behalf. He said a city staff member later told him that MBUSA will have to go through an approval process. Meanwhile, Kite said she is attempting to identify other Barfield descendents in the area to find out where they stand on the MercedesBenz Drive proposal.

Kite is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and sometimes attends its Atlanta temple, which is located on Barfield and would face an address change. She said that it is a coincidence the temple ended up near her family’s former land, as the church purchased the property from a different owner. However, it does mean she drives on Barfield from time to time. Choking up, Kite recalled that when she drives on Barfield Road she often thinks, “‘Wow, this is where my mother played and where she had her joyous memories as a child, and the connection to a great-grandfather I never knew.’ It just means so much to me.” “Changing the name of this street would be a slap in the face to me and my family as well as to a community that has always been proud of its history,” she wrote in her letter to the city. Kite, 56, said she learned all of the Barfield family lore from her mother, who died in 1994. Kite described the family and its connections in detail and shared some photos of the family that she said came from her mother’s albums. The Barfield family owned property between today’s Barfield Road and Glenridge

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It’s a small world? CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 cost. sand people a day, we can do it, and com“We’ll name it after him if it works,” pared to MARTA, the costs are marginTolbert said. al,” Commission Chairman Lee Duncan Monorails—trains that run on a sinsaid at the group’s Nov. 19 meeting, durgle, usually elevated, track—are now a ing a wide-ranging discussion about urpopular feature at Disney theme parks ban planning. and are used as public transit in several Duncan was referring to a famed elecities around the world. However, they vated monorail built as a futuristic mass also have become a symbol of governtransit at California’s Disneyland in the ment boondoggles through a famed epi1950s. His Sandy Springs version would sode of the TV comedy “The Simpsons,” run from the forthcoming City Springs where a con man sells a used monorail to redevelopment to MARTA stations and an attention-hungry city. loop through Perimeter Center. The Georgia Department of Trans“I know you guys look at me and say, portation’s “Revive285” program to im‘Duncan, you’re crazy,’” Duncan said, but prove transit along the Perimeter briefinsisted that “implementation of a monoly considered a monorail among many rail” deserves a thorough study to “kill it or other alternatives several years ago. That provide some context to move forward.” slow-moving planning process is now Assistant City Manager Jim Tolbert focused on buses and ground-level light indicated that Duncan previously raised rail as possibilities. the idea in internal meetings with staff. And in fact, Tolbert said, he gave the monorail idea to a consultant team developing the city’s new land-use plan to “seriously review it.” However, Tolbert gave hints that the monorail will prove infeasi- PHOTO BY ROBERT J. BOSER/EDITORASC, WWW.AIRLINESAFETY.COM/EDITORIALS/ ABOUTTHEEDITOR.HTM. PHOTO USED UNDER CREATIVE COMMONS LICENSE. ble—such as sugThe original Disneyland Monorail stopped at gesting that Dunthe Disneyland Hotel station in 1963. can pay for half its SS


Agencies battle Internet crimes, sex trafficking BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

Vice crimes, such as human trafterm “human trafficking,” she thought ficking for sex, are on the rise locally, about the movie “Taken,” where the law enforcement officials say. main character’s daughter was abduct“You may not realize it, but we do ed in a foreign country and sold into have a serious problem with human sexual slavery. She said she wondered trafficking, particularly with underage if that happened here in the Perimeter girls,” Dunwoody Police Chief Billy area and quickly learned that because Grogan said Nov. 17 while introducof Atlanta’s centralized location, near a ing Georgia Bureau of Investigations major airport and interstate highways, Special Agent Renea Green during trafficking is a big problem. a Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber of She added that blame also falls on Commerce luncheon. some rap artists, such as 50 Cent writ“We had an operation not too long ing “Candy Shop,” a popular song that ago, where we recovered a minor that Green said idolizes prostitution. was being sex trafficked,” Grogan said. The GBI focuses only on commerA 26-year-old woman and a cial exploitation of children, which is 16-year-old girl were rescued June 25 easier to describing as “juvenile prostifrom sexual servitude and prostitutution,” Green said. tion, when Dunwoody Police worked But people have misconceptions with the FBI Metro Atlanta Child Exwhen they hear about minors involved ploitation Task Force and the Gwinnet with “prostitution,” Green said. “‘Oh Police Department Vice Unit. well, she’s doing this because she Dunwoody powants to do it’ or lice investigated ‘she’s feeding a drug four sex traffickhabit,’” Green said ing organizations people think. “I, for in 2014 and Groone, had all of those gan said the postigmas and mislice department conceptions.” has seen an inAn important crease in vice-type part of the job she complaints. Offidoes as a special cer Tim Fecht, a agent is helping spokesman for the train law enforcedepartment, said ment officers and police charged the public about seven people with what is going on. prostitution, three “I have yet to meet people for pimpone girl who woke up ing and one perone day and decidson for escorting ed, ‘I’m going to be without a permit a prostitute,’” Green Sept. 3. said. “It just doesn’t “Our goal of happen.” GBI Special Agent Renea Green the operation was Sadly, Green says many young girls run away to rescue any vicsaid many young from abusive situations. tims of human girls who run away trafficking and from abusive situareduce crime as tions at home end it relates to prosup trapped. titution,” Fecht “I have yet to meet one girl “The way most said. of these kids get inwho woke up one Green said the volved is they are GBI is a “request day and decided, ‘I’m go- runaways or throwonly” agency ing to be a prostitute.’ It aways,” Green said. that doesn’t usu“Most of these just doesn’t happen.” ally help police girls—and the maagencies or enjority are girls, ter local jurisdicthough boys are af– RENEA GREEN tions without befected, too—are alGBI SPECIAL AGENT ing called. Unless ready experiencthe case involves ing sexual abuse at bombs, commerhome.” cial gambling, Many people are child exploitation or human trafficktoo quick to judge, Green said, when ing, Green said. it comes to cases about juvenile runWhen Gov. Nathan Deal took ofaways who mistakenly fall in love with fice, Green said he created an Internet pimps and believe someone is finally Crimes Against Children Task Force taking proper care of them. to stop human trafficking and child “These are the hardest cases to work exploitation in Atlanta. because they don’t identify as victims,” Green said when she first heard the Green said. SS


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A groundbreaking program that coordinates traffic signals in three Perimeter cities has been renewed for three more years. That will mean even better technology coming soon to tackle traffic jams, officials say. But the Perimeter Traffic Operations ProSPECIAL gram renewal last week The city of Sandy Springs has its own came only after one parttraffic management center. ner city, Sandy Springs, briefly balked over concerns it is doing more than its fair share network of computer servers is still used to and that police are still needed to direct run the entire PTOP connections for all traffic. Those concerns underscore how three cities. complex the traffic tech can be, and that The Sandy Springs City Council it still has limits. tapped the brakes on renewing PTOP at Officials in the PTOP partnership— its Nov. 3 meeting, partly out of concerns Brookhaven, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs that the other cities, especially Dunwoody, and the Perimeter Center Improvement aren’t upgrading their own technology fast Districts—say the state-funded program enough. has slashed travel times since it began in “They’re behind us three years or maybe 2012. more,” as a city that formed later, Edwards “It’s been a great program,” said Mitold the council in a report at its Nov. 17 chael Smith, Dunwoody’s Public Works meeting. But Dunwoody is now building director. “Although traffic volumes have its own traffic management center and exincreased in the three to four years of the tending fiber optics connections to all of program, traffic times have decreased. I its citywide signals. Smith said in an interthink the first round of this program was view that upgraded signals will come after a lot about getting the infrastructure in that network is completed to handle them. place…The next years will be about pushPCIDs President and CEO Yvonne ing the technology as far as we can.” Williams said that with PTOP, new techPTOP provides about $1 million a year nology can easily plug into the existing in grant money to coordinate the timing collaboration. “As cities upgrade technoloon 99 Perimeter Center traffic lights: 55 gy, it can be coordinated,” she said. in Sandy Springs, 33 in Dunwoody and While Sandy Springs councilmen were 12 in Brookhaven. It costs the cities nothlargely satisfied and voted to renew PTOP, ing, and PCIDs provides a traffic consulsome suggested that their city and Duntant that oversees the coordination. woody should share a traffic management Brad Edwards, Sandy Springs’ trafcenter. Others said that’s inefficient, and fic and transportation director, told SanSmith said it misunderstands how the dy Springs City Council meeting that the PTOP network works. goal is a system where “there’s not an ‘our “It already coordinates best as possiside’ and ‘their side’” of Perimeter Center. ble…The coordination is already done,” In its latest PTOP report, from 2014, Smith said of the cables and digital sysPCIDs said the average stopped-at-atems that link the three cities’ Perimeter light time on Perimeter Center streets has Center signals. In the digital age, a trafdropped 31 percent due to the program. fic management center is convenient, but PCIDs claims the program saves commutnot necessary to coordinate or tweak sigers at least $9.8 million a year in time and nals, he said. gasoline that would otherwise be wasted, “Our traffic engineer can be sitting at and that the program’s grant investment his house on his laptop and do everything pays for itself every two days. you can do in a traffic management cenThose numbers may get even better as ter,” Smith said. Sandy Springs moves forward with traffic The Sandy Springs council also was signal upgrades next year. PTOP signals concerned that PCIDs continues to opcurrently all use “time of day” technology, erate a separate program that hires police meaning programmed cycles estimated to officers to direct traffic at major intersecbe best for a given time of day, which traftions and large companies’ parking decks. fic engineers can change remotely. The upWilliams and Sandy Springs Police Chief graded version will use sensors in the road Kenneth DeSimone said police are needto change timing based on traffic volume. ed, not because of PTOP’s flaws, but beSandy Spring is the oldest of the three cause some drivers will always attempt to cities and has the most modern traffic syscheat or make mistakes and block intertem, including a “traffic management sections. center” where engineers can view various “People aren’t going to obey every trafroads on a wall of monitors. Its underlying fic signal all the time,” Williams said. SS


Sandy Springs Police Blotter Sandy Springs police blotter: Nov. 7-20 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.


Island Drive—On Nov. 18, a resident said that upon returning home from an overnight stay, he found both garage doors and the door leading to his house were open. The entry point was apparently a window forced open on the rear side of the home. Several items including a TV and documents were taken.

THEFTS  5500

block of Roswell Road—On Nov. 14, employees of a discount department store reported that a 20- to 25-year-old man, who was about 6-feet tall and slender with sandy colored hair, has stolen from the store several times. He seems to prefer cologne.

 100

block of Spalding Creek Court— On Nov. 16, a man reported his 2001 Ford F-150 stolen. He said the theft occurred while he was behind a home he was landscaping. A trailer was attached to the truck.

 1000 block of Johnson Ferry Road—

On Nov. 17, a woman reported that photography equipment was stolen from the Women’s Center of Northside Hospital sometime between Nov. 4 and 5. A camera and its accessories are missing.

 5600

block of Roswell Road—On Nov. 17, a woman reported that she was in Barberitos Restaurant for lunch. She forgot her purse when she left. The following day, she contacted the restaurant and was told the purse was recovered, however $250 cash in her wallet was gone. Later, officers discovered that one of the employees took the money before calling the victim to say they found the purse. He was arrested and, of course, fired.

 5500

block of Lake Forrest—On Nov. 17, the contractor of a home under construction said two air conditioning units were taken from the home.

 8700

block of Roswell Road—On Nov. 17, a woman said she was inside a bowling and entertainment complex and left her iPhone on top of an arcade machine and forgot it. She returned later, but it was gone.


address—A man reported that

someone used his personal information to request a money transfer of just over $400 from his bank for a T-Mobile account.

you’re challenging him to a duel, you should not slap another man.

OTHER THINGS No address—A woman told officers that her mother sent her a threatening email that read: “[Expletive deleted], I will f—you up in whatever way possible. I will ruin your life. I will f—you up!”

 No

address—A woman said someone used her personal information when stopped and issued a citation from the police. She was informed after the court sent her a letter informing her she missed her October court date.

 River Visaddress—A womCAPTAIN STEVE ROSE, SSPD ta Drive—A woman an reported that she said her dog was atsigned a vehicle purtacked by two other chase agreement to dogs. The neighbor, buy a 2013 Lexus RX-350 from a man who owned the dogs, said they were not named William Brown and his girlunleashed and did not attack the other friend, Yolanda White. The cost of the woman’s dogs. Th ere were no witnesses. car was $2,000—yes, only $2,000, a SCREAMING CLUE that something  Abernathy and Barfield—Officers was amiss. were called to a condominium regard-

 No

 She

paid $1,800 to him and later the balance of $200 to Ms. White. They told her the car was ordered from out of state and would be delivered. Since that time when she paid, she has not been able to contact either Brown or White.  Okay here’s the deal, $2,000 for a Lexus RX350? I found one online, 25,000 miles, for just over $32,000. Let’s say you can do much better, maybe around $25,000 or so, but $2,000? Don’t buy something from some yahoo offering up a deal way too good to be true.

ASSAULT  8700

block of Roswell Road—On Nov. 14, a man reported that around 1:30 p.m. he was walking across the parking lot when a white Ford Explorer passed him closely. He yelled something to the driver, who stopped, exited and then slapped the man across the face before re-entering the car and driving north on Roswell Road. The driver was a man in his 20s.

 This

brings up a good point. Right or wrong, you may yell something that will cause that person to do what this guy did. Don’t think that a verbal shot across the bow won’t solicit a violent response. Of course, some of you may recall my rule on men slapping other men. Unless

ing a car that had a shattered window. They checked the car and found that it was stolen in Alpharetta some time earlier. It was impounded and the owner was contacted.

 Willow

Creek—A resident said that on Nov. 18, just before 10 p.m., he saw a man wearing a hoodie, peeking into his apartment from the patio door, through a small section not covered by blinds. He said that he thinks the same man did the same thing days earlier.

 North

River Parkway—A man called police and said he had been shot in a drive-by. He said a black Honda, occupied by four males, drove past. One of the men yelled at him to get out of the road and then shot him in the leg. The victim’s friend and witness confirmed his story. Detectives were called and the detective began talking with the victim at North Fulton Hospital, but the story was not very convincing. The victim finally admitted that he shot himself in the leg while putting the pistol in the back of his pants. He showed the detective where he had discarded the gun and a canine soon found it. He is facing charges, as is his idiot friend.

 Listen

up, gun owners and cool guys. The reason Charlton Heston invented gun holsters is to put guns in them instead of in your pants. I know television |

and movies have taught us that it’s much cooler to stuff that pistol in your pants, but the fact is, this very thing has happened more than once. Many years ago, one of my former compadres shot himself in the right cheek doing that very same thing. Besides, the gun takes longer coming out from your Dockers than a good holster.

ARRESTS  Roswell

and Abernathy roads—On Nov. 13, an officer found, after running the tag, that the owner of the car was wanted in Houston County for a probation violation. To boot, the driver had just over four grams of marijuana on him. He was arrested on the warrant and charged for the marijuana.

 1100

block of Hammond Drive—On Nov. 14, officers responded to a noise complaint and, at the time they were there, they smelled marijuana. The resident was cited for the noise complaint and a misdemeanor marijuana charge.

 1100

block of Hammond Drive—On Nov. 13, a man was arrested after a security guard observed him riding an elevator up and down for no apparent reason at around 2 a.m. He told the man to leave. He refused at first, but later ran from the location. Officers located him and eventually arrested him for loitering.

 6000

block of Roswell Road—On Nov. 15, an officer saw a car driving on Roswell Road just after midnight. The car had on only its parking lights. The officer stopped the car and spoke to the driver, at which time he smelled the marijuana and as a result, the driver handed over the small amount plus the pipe. She was cited for disorderly conduct and possession of marijuana. 7800 block of Roswell Road— On Nov. 16, officers made a traffic stop just after 8 p.m. When the driver opened the window, the odor of marijuana was immediately apparent. The driver left a grinder, pipe and plastic container on the console. The officers spoke with the man, who ate the marijuana to conceal it. He was later charged with disorderly conduct and marijuana possession. 

 Cedar

Run—On Nov. 13, officers responded to a burglary call just after CONTINUED ON PAGE 38

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noon. When they pulled up, they saw two men walking from the location carrying book bags. The two were detained and officers explained that a burglary had just occurred. The victim was upstairs and heard a bang sound. He later went downstairs and discovered that a window had been broken and several electronic items had been stolen including a PS4 game system as well as oth-

er items. Those items were found to be inside the backpacks the two men were carrying. One of the men had an active warrant from the DeKalb County Police Department. Both men were turned over to detectives and later charged with stealing the items.  6100

block of Peachtree-Dunwoody Road—On Nov. 15, an officer saw a car sitting in the parking lot of the Hilton Hotel around 3 a.m. This is an area




Pursley Friese Torgrimson, on behalf of NorthPark-Land Associates, LLLP

Property Location:

NorthPark 100, 6500 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road


Appeal of administrative determination regarding zoning determination and denial of LDP15-00022

Public Hearings:

Board of Appeals December 10, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.


Sandy Springs City Hall, Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500, Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600

where previous thefts from cars have occurred. He checked out the four occupants of the car, one of whom said he did not have identification. The officer let the man know he had a portable fingerprint scanner on him and could easily find out. The man gave his real name, which came back as a hit on the computer. He was arrested on a warrant from the Ottumwa, Iowa, police for domestic abuse and child endangerment from Nov. 2.

 6300

block of Roswell Road—On Nov. 17, a man was arrested after bank investigators discovered that an employee was till-tapping to the tune of just over $600 over the period of several days. The man admitted the theft and he was arrested.




Judith McKinley

Property Location:

5200 Riverview Road


Five primary variances from Sections 6.1.3(b), 6.1.3(c), 6.1.3(d), 6.1.3(i), and 4.3.4.B of the City of Sandy Springs Zoning Ordinance to bring the existing dwelling, pool, steps, and walkway to remain, and to construct a garage in the required minimum side yard of twenty-five (25) feet.

Public Hearings:

Board of Appeals December 10, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.


Sandy Springs City Hall, Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500, Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600



Petition Number:


Petition Number:



The Galloway School


Roberts Drive Townhomes, LLC.

Property Location:

0 High Point Road

Property Location:

0, 1480, and 1500 Sunny Brook Farm Road and 8235 Roberts Drive

Present Zoning:


Present Zoning:

AG-1 (Agricultural District) & R-2 (Single Family Dwelling District)


Use Permit for Recreational Fields (Sec. 19.4.36) to allow the construction of a softball field, tennis courts, a parking lot, and accessory structures


Rezone the subject property from AG-1 (Agricultural District) & R-2 (Single Family Dwelling District) to R-5A (Single Family Dwelling District) with concurrent variance.

Public Hearings:

Planning Commission December 17, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.

Public Hearings:

Planning Commission December 17, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. Mayor and City Council January 19, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.


Sandy Springs City Hall, Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500, Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600

Mayor and City Council January 19, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. Location:

Sandy Springs City Hall, Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500, Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600




AmREIT Fountain Oaks LP

Property Location:

4920 Roswell Road


One primary variance from Article 4.11 of the City of Sandy Springs Zoning Ordinance to allow an eight (8) foot tall, unornamented wooden fence with solid or non-spaced sections in the front yard along West Belle Isle Road.

Public Hearings:

Board of Appeals December 10, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.


Sandy Springs City Hall, Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500, Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600



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