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Bullish on Sandy Springs? What Say You on City Walk and Target Site Options for Downtown

City Walk is under contract.

 

City Walk is under contract, The Sandy Springs Reporter and CBS Atlanta has confirmed.

During Wednesday’s public input meeting on Downtown Sandy Springs, Goody Clancy representative Ben Carlson presented options that linked a revitalized City Walk to Bluestone Road, which would be transformed too.

He told the crowd, “People told us, 'We want the City Center to be a place where people throughout Sandy Springs can come, and will be attracted by a whole variety of activities.' They want it to be very accessible. Safe. Walkable..."

See: Crowd Turns Out for Latest Community Meeting on New Downtown

On the old Target site, a Sandy Springs Patch commenter was disappointed on proposed plans that seemed to minimize the old Target site property when adding green space, retail and restaurants. 

She wrote: “…All 4 of the proposed schemes utilize 1/4 or less of the Target site for a park green space. All 4 schemes include a large parking deck in the north center of the Target site…” 

What do you think of the plans presented so far? Are you hopeful that Sandy Springs will soon build a vibrant downtown area? Tell us in the comments below.

See also:

Sandy Springs Sets Up Downtown Vision and Criteria for Investment

City Walk Starting to Figure Into Quaint Downtown Concepts

Meeting Shows New Downtown Will Bring a Change With the Times

Advisors Say Businesses and Neighborhoods Key to Sandy Springs' Brand

Margaret September 22, 2012 at 06:34 PM
I believe we need to utilize the existing, controllable, entity of the Target site as the initial catalyst to draw in people & new development. Then the enhancement of "downtown Sandy Springs" will naturally & economically follow. I do not believe that any of the proposed 4 schemes address a "realistic catalyst" to initiate that objective & maintain that utilizing the majority of the site for park green space is the better solution. Look at the proposed "park green space" allocation of the Target site. I have attended the prior meetings & utilizing the Target site for a significantly sized park green space was a common request from residents, business owners & developers. When they requested "green space surrounded by retail and restaurants" I do not think they meant "surrounded" within the site, but by adjacent fronting blocks. All 4 of the proposed schemes utilize 1/4 or less of the Target site for a "park green space", which they refer to as a "city green". All 4 schemes include a large parking deck in the north center of the Target site. Scheme B completely internalizes the park so that is not visible from surrounding streets & the other 3 schemes have it only visible from Mt. Vernon. All 4 schemes propose residential & retail development within the western portion of the site. Two schemes locate the "Civic Facility" within the eastern, Roswell Rd, portion of the site & the other 2 schemes locate more retail there. If you agree please contact the City Council.

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