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Inside Runoff winner Bauman defeats Stoj in municipal runoff COMMUNITY 3

CityWalk street Buyer of troubled site concerned with grid plan COMMUNITY 5

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Sandy Springs Reporter


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DEC. 13 — DEC. 26, 2013 • VOL. 7 — NO. 25

Hark, the angels

All our columnist wants for Christmas this year is less COMMENTARY 8

Standout student

Galloway senior is talented in many sports EDUCATION 25

Schools lobby Parents group pushes bill to allow new school systems EDUCATION 26


Playing the angel Gabriel in St. John United Methodist Church’s live Nativity, Mark Flom tells the Christmas story with angels, from left, Mae Margaret Price, Carolyn Sweeti and Olivia Sullivan.

Council buys property for city center, new park BY DAN WHISENHUNT

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Zoning case delay angers school’s neighbors BY DAN WHISENHUNT

City Council approved $2 million worth of property acquisitions during its last regular meeting. City Council on Dec. 3 voted to buy the Psycho Tattoo property at 6214 Roswell Road, owned by local businessman Bob Brown, as part of its downtown revitalization project. The council also approved the purchase of 21.74 acres along Old Riverside Drive from Fulton County for $1.5 million for future use as a park. City Council voted to approve purchasing the Psycho Tattoo property for $450,000 and to buy out the lease of the current tenant for $32,000. While Psycho Tattoo is the business most commonly associated with the building, and it’s referred to by that name in city documents, for the past 10 months the tenant has been another tattoo shop doing business under a different name, according to City Councilman Gabriel Sterling. Brown ran for mayor this year but was defeated by Mayor-elect Rusty Paul in his bid to replace outgoing Mayor Eva Galambos. The property is among several parcels the city is purchasing as part of its downtown revitalization project. City officials in 2008 purchased the old Target property for $8 million and will build its city center on the surrounding acreage.

The Art Institute of Atlanta received a zoning violation citation for its student housing complex on Barfield Road in 2012 but has yet to make a court appearance, residents of the Autumn Chace neighborhood complain. Autumn Chace Homeowners Association President Liz Gray said the student housing violates the city’s zoning code and the complex has been a perpetual nuisance. Residents were livid when they learned the case had been delayed yet again, this time to February 2014. “How could it possibly take over a year to conduct this hearing?” Gray asked in an Oct. 29 letter to the city. “This seems outrageous, illogical, inefficient and unnecessary.” The Art Institute says it takes concerns about student behavior seriously and is working to be a good neighbor to Autumn Chace and the city. City spokeswoman Sharon Kraun said city officials can’t discuss the case. “The Hub was issued a notice of violation by code enforcement and a court date set,” Kraun said. “The court date was changed to Feb. 7 at the request of the attorney representing The Hub. As this is a legal case, there isn’t much we can discuss.”



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