Sandy Springs City Council approved acquisitions of Roswell Road parcels at Flashers strip club and the BP Gas Station, Tuesday, to complete streetscape/sidewalk projects from Johnson Ferry Road to Abernathy Road.
The businesses and their structures will remain.
The BP parcel at 6360 Roswell Road includes just over 1,083 square feet of right of way and 902 square feet of easement. Sandy Springs will pay $71,850 for the appraised parcel.
Flashers’ parcel at 6430 Roswell Road includes nearly 368 square feet of right of way and more than 712 square feet of easement. The city will pay $30,200 for the appraised parcel.
Sandy Springs says they are nearly complete in acquiring property for the streetscape project and delays could affect funding. Eminent domain was necessary to acquire title of the properties by funding deadlines. After new sidewalks and streetscaping are complete at the two sites, Georgia Department of Transportation will reimburse the city 80 percent of the funds.
During Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Mayor Eva Galambos added, “Here we are spending money to improve private property outlook on Roswell Road; everything will be pretty and nicer and they are making us pay through the nose for eminent domain,” she said.