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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Proposed Riverwalk Village in Roswell

Developers have outlined a proposed new development called Riverwalk Village, a "live-work-play" community that would be located on 104 acres south of Holcomb Bridge Road between Highway 400 and Old Alabama Road.

They have proposed 1,556 residences, 490,000 square feet of retail, restaurant, grocery and entertainment space, 1.7 million square feet of office space, 200 room hotel, 200,000 square feet of institutional and civic space and 51 acres of open space that will include water features and walking trails.

The plan is estimated to take 15 to 20 years to build out and is currently going through a review process with the Atlanta Regional Commission.  Once that is complete, they take it to the City of Roswell for planning and zoning talks.

Riverwalk Village rendering.jpg
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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Georgia Highway 400 Improvements On The Way!

Hwy 400 and 285 redesign.jpg An artist rendering of changes coming to I-285/Ga. 400. Construction will begin in 2016 and wrap up in 2019. The project's cost: $1 billion.
Credit Georgia Dept of Transportation


Next year, the Georgia Department of Transportation begins a 3-year rework of the Interstate 285/Georgia 400 interchange. It promises to relieve congestion along one of the nation’s worst bottlenecks.

This is one of the most dangerous and frustrating sections of any northsider's commute.  Whether you are heading downtown for your daily commute, to the airport headed out of town, or making your way to the Interstates (75 or 85), you have to run the gauntlet of this crazy exchange.

New flyover ramps, new collector-distributor lanes and other facilities to aid east-west travel on along I-285 and north-south travel along SR 400 would be constructed.

It appears that their goal is to get rid of the left lane merges from I-285 that consistently freak out drivers traveling on GA 400 and also to have 4 lanes of traffic exiting from GA 400 to I-285 (adding an additional lane for each exit).  

Here's a short video of the proposed changes:

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Mercedes Benz coming to Atlanta

Good news for Sandy Springs was reported when Mercedes Benz decided to move their offices to Atlanta.  The location of their new offices will be a 250,000 square foot building on 12 acres of a project that Ashton Woods Homes is buying that was part of the Glenn family property, who were a big part of Sandy Springs' history.  Since the property is a total of 75 acres, there will be much more development involved, including some residential.  The property (as you can see from the picture below) is just west of Hwy. 400, straddling both sides of Abernathy Road. 

This should make for some interesting traffic additions to the area, but we are getting reports that huge improvements to the Hwy. 400/Hwy. 285 interchange are on their way.  

Glenridge Hall, which was built in 1929, by Thomas Glenn, is scheduled to have it's furnishing auctioned off March 21-22, 2015.  A few fun facts about the historic property: 

-  A portion of the movie, "Driving Miss Daisy" was filmed at the site.  
-  Thomas's brother-in-law, Howard Candler (married to Thomas's sister), built Callanwolde, another historic Atlanta property.
-  Sandy Springs was originally famous for it's fresh spring water, which was bottled and sold.  The site of the original spring is now the location of the Sandy Springs Museum.
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