Sandy Springs District 3 Project Updates

Significant progress is being made on a number of new projects across Sandy Springs and this week's newsletter highlights these projects, particularly those in District 3.

City Springs

City Springs is reaching the half-way point of its construction and the new City Hall and Performing Arts Center are beginning to take shape.  City Hall is on track to open late in 2017 with the PAC opening in the spring of 2018.  For a full update on City Springs, including the most recent construction photos, please click here

Construction on the I-285/Ga. 400 project broke ground last week and will take about 3 1/2 years to complete.   This project will undoubtedly have significant impacts on traffic during its construction, but when completed, it should provide much-needed relief to some of the traffic challenges that impact our community.  This project will include a diverging diamond interchange at Abernathy and Ga. 400 which will help move traffic more efficiently in and out of the Perimeter office market.  For more information, please click here. The picture below is at the ground breaking ceremony with Sandy Springs and State of Georgia officials including me, Councilman Sterling, Councilman Paulson, State Representative-Elect Silcox, and Mayor Paul. 

Mount Vernon Rd. between Sandy Springs Circle and Roswell Rd. should reopen in the next few weeks.  Following the opening of Mt. Vernon, a portion of Hildebrand Drive will be closed for construction work and there will be lane closures starting early next year on portions of Sandy Springs Circle as sewer work is done.  The traffic circles at Riverside Dr. and I-285 should be completed by year-end, as should the road work at Heards Ferry and Raider Dr. in front of Riverwood High School.  For a full list of Sandy Springs road projects, please click here.

The Marsh Creek Park on Johnson Ferry Rd., just north of the fire station, will officially open with a ribbon cutting on December 6th at 11 a.m.  This project will not only provide meaningful watershed relief in and around City Springs, it will be a beautiful park and a terrific amenity for our community.

The Fulton County T-SPLOST bill passed on Tuesday, with over 24,000 (57%) of Sandy Springs voters voting "yes".   The margin of favorable support in Sandy Springs was one of the highest in the county and is a reflection on how important traffic issues are to our citizens.  Beginning 4-1-17 through 3-31-22, Fulton County's sales tax rate will increase from 7% to 7.75%, generating about $570 million in tax revenues county-wide.  Sandy Springs should receive the largest percentage ($100 million+ over 5 years) with all funds being invested in roads, sidewalks, bike paths and other transportation initiatives.

The Next 10 comprehensive plan is nearing completion and our citizens will have two more meetings in which to evaluate the plans and express their views.  The Next 10 Plan will define the future direction of Sandy Springs for a decade or more and your input is crucial.  The final public meetings are Wednesday, November 16th, at 9:30 a.m. at the Chastain Horse Park and at 5:30 p.m. at the Sherwood Events Facility at 8610 Roswell Rd. in north Sandy Springs.  For more information, please click here.

Mark Your Calendars
TUESDAY, November 15TH. 6pmSandy Springs City Hall.

City Council Meeting

The City Council meets to conduct city business. Agendas and minutes for this meeting are located on the main page of the Public Meetings Calendar - please scroll to the end of the page.  

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH. 10am-3pm. Dorothy Benson Center. 

Swedish Christmas Market

The Swedish Women's Educational Association (SWEA ) Atlanta's Swedish Christmas Market will take place on  Saturday, November 19 between 10am and 3pm at the Dorothy Benson Center.

Our annual Christmas Market displays many of the unique holiday traditions of Sweden, and draws many international and American families from across the metro area.
The holiday shopper will find unique Scandinavian crafts and gifts at our vendor tables, including traditional baked goods and sweets.  You can enjoy a variety of Swedish Christmas food and drinks in our cafe’, waffle table and hot dog stand. The market also offers children’s activities hosted by the Swedish School of Atlanta, entertainment by the Swedish Men’s Choir  Vasa Drängar , and - not to be missed - the Santa Lucia procession, a memorable experience celebrating the holiday season. 
Admission: Adults $2, under 18 free.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH. 7pm-9pm. Hammond Park. 

Jungle Jam

Cost $10 per person.


Dance-a-thon for special needs teenagers and young adults. Dance the night away in a Jungle themed environment! Free giveaways while supplies last first come basis!

If you are interested in reading the Week in Review provided by the City Manager regarding work activity on behalf of the community, you can access it here for the week ending in November 5th. If you missed any of the weeks in review, you can access all of them from the City's website here.

As always, please direct your questions and comments to me at Best wishes for a wonderful week.

Chris Burnett