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Sandy Springs Community Leaders Give Their Take on Downtown Redevelopment [Photos]

Click photos to see what community leaders envision for the old Target site.

 

Nearly a full house of citizens showed up at City Hall, Thursday evening, to hear concepts for Sandy Springs new Town Center. Sandy Springs officials did not hold this meeting, however.

The Sandy Springs Council of Neighborhoods held the meeting to .

“The topic is about Town Center, how you see it. How you want it to be used,” said Trisha Thompson, with the SSCN, before several leaders offered their take on what should be included in the new downtown Sandy Springs.

Click photos to see what community leaders envision for the old Target site.

Mayor Eva Galambos has said that because the City of Sandy Springs did not receive any qualified responses during the Request for Proposals process, she is focused on the Target site for the new City Hall and the center of downtown revitalization.

Boston-based Goody Clancy has been selected to develop downtown. City Council Goody Clancy completed master plans or downtown revitalization projects in several cities, such as Norfolk, Va., New Orleans, West Savannah, Chattanooga, and Greenville, S.C.

Tell us in the comments what you think Sandy Springs downtown should look like.

Judith E. Cope March 24, 2012 at 08:18 PM
City center is a good idea but the existing businesses, i.e. Master Klean & Waffle House should not be displaced. They are long-time supporters of this community. Along with Waffle House, there is another popular restaurant in Makara.
I Love Sandy Springs March 24, 2012 at 08:35 PM
I believe that the needs of community at large needs to take presecedence over the property rights of Master Klean and Waffle House. I am a long time customer of Master Klean, but development can not be built around them just because they bought the property when Fulton County was in charge. Look how attractive other suburbs are in the area, those have had master plan. Suburbs that look like an old state highway are blighted and ugly. We did not make Sandy Springs a city in order to have an ugly suburb. The development needs to be walkable and desirable by all socio-economic strata of the area. City Walk was trying to be upscale and they forgot that walkable was essential and now it is a ghost town.
jane fishman March 25, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Jane Fishman I agree with Jan Saperstein. Green space would benefit all the residence of Sandy Springs (and beyond). It would attract many people to the Sandy Springs area not only for pleasure but also for business. I am against having the site for a City Hall and I feel that many residents agree with me. It would not add much to the businesses in the area or enjoyment to the residence of our community.
BFR March 25, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Please. No city hall on the site. I don't want my tax dollars spent on fancy government buildings. If an office park is good enough for a private business that has to pay its own way, why shouldn't an office park be good enough for the city government that spends OUR money? Plus, I don't think a city hall will create a vibrant downtown. People will just go there, park, do their business, and leave. Please contact your city council rep and let thhem know that you don't want your tax dollars spent on a fancy city hall complex.
Danny Martin March 26, 2012 at 03:19 PM
We have a great opportunity here to create a new Sandy Springs. One that includes green space, civic space, arts, music and a concentrated mix of shops, galleries and restaurants in a safe, walkable area. It can all be done in the area within Sandy Springs circle. If it is planned properly, we can create a vibrant downtown that will be a destination that we can all be proud of. Let's let the planners do their job and keep an open mind about what Sandy Springs can become. Some may need to be displaced for the greater good, but they can still be included. We have one shot at this and we need to get it right. Let's look at the great communities we love to visit and make that happen here, then everyone will want what we have or we can just be satisfied with the continuous curb cut and sea of asphalt that we have today.
Ernestine Townes March 29, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Please. No city hall on the site. I agree. I love and work in Sandy Springs and I LOVE IT! I can see this space being a nice, upscale yet trendy area. Nice shops, mixed in ethnicity and a place where you look forward to spending sometime on a nice Saturday afternoon. Please don't forget our teens!!!! They seem to be the forgotten group!
jackie null May 15, 2012 at 03:20 PM
green space, parks, water (we are sandy SPRINGs right--where are the springs? I've never seen them have you?) , parks,piazzas, gathering spots, parks, walkable walkable, cafes, gathering spots, wide sprawling sidewalks.....PUT the town hall somewhere else EVA. if you want to be where all the action is, get yourself a small office right in the thick of things. We want walkable , sit out at enjoy the parks and piazzas, stroll the cafes not buildings and cars which the town hall and municipal complex will bring. put that somewhere else north of this area. we want what every quaint european city enjoys.... every quaint european city enjoys......

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