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Planners Show Sandy Springs Residents Options for New Downtown (Photos)

Monday was the first of three public input meetings for the new City Center project. Attached photos show residents responses to ideas presented for downtown. See story below.

 

Monday’s public meeting was more presentation than input but residents did have their say.

The first of three public meetings, this week, was held at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School.

After a presentation hosted by master planning firm Goody Clancy on various looks for a new downtown area, resident Christine Schroeder asked about uses for older apartment complexes and the idea of getting pass-through commuters to actually move to Sandy Springs. 

“I don’t mind if we have higher density downtown,” she said. “I’m just not hot on the idea of more rental units and more people in Sandy Springs, unless you can assure me that you are going out in the community and will get rid of some apartments that are not in this [downtown] area and turn those areas into parks.”

David Dixon from Goody Clancy tried to describe new rental housing that will be established in Sandy Springs. “This is an utterly different market than the rental housing you’ve been addressing. It is a whole segment of folks who would rather rent than own,” he said. “This is high quality housing stock.”

Longtime resident Bill Cleveland wondered if the planned charettes through Wednesday will be effective. “This is my fifth charette, fifth study since 1997,” he said. “This community either changes an progresses or dies. And we all pay for that failure.”

Cleveland also complained about the danger of crossing traffic on Roswell Road.

During the presentation, Jeff Smith, an engineer with Kimberly Horn Associates discussed medians to create safety when crossing the road, and emphasized transit uses for the downtown project.

During breakout groups at the first public input meeting in May, residents said they want the new downtown to include green space, arts and culture venues, connectivity to parks and walkability.

Are you attending any of this week's meetings? Do you think residents' feedback will have an impact on the overall project?

Meetings continue today with a morning meeting from 7:30-9:30 a.m. and 5-7 p.m. Attendees will work in small groups to map a specific vision for Sandy Springs’ downtown. [Both sessions will cover the same agenda.]

A daylong session will be held from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Wednesday. The Goody Clancy team will be available to answer questions. Team members will have an informal presentation using community feedback so far. Presentations will be made at 9 and 11 a.m.; also 1, 3 and 5 p.m.

The sessions are in the Media Center at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School at 510 Mount Vernon Highway.

Adrianne Murchison (Editor) June 26, 2012 at 01:46 PM
What do you think about the process so far? Do you think residents' input will be utilized?
Edward Henderson June 27, 2012 at 12:56 AM
I have attended both sessions thus far, and was very impressed with the enthusiasm and quality we felt that the City Center should be a Civic Center dedicated to the performing arts. It should be called "The Arthur Blank Center for the Performing Arts." The actual name depends on who sponsors it. After all this is a wealthy community. A point I will bring up tomorrow

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