Avistele opens community center

Sandy Springs Mayor Eva Galambos was on hand July 2 to assist with the ribbon cutting to open Avistele Lifestyle Communities’ newly renovated community center at Avistele at Andalusia, a 312-unit apartment community at 225 Franklin Road in Sandy Springs.

The renovated community center accommodates groups up to 30 people, with overflow available onto an outdoor veranda with a view of the swimming pool. Avistele at Andalusia is still in the process of renovating the 312 apartment units as part of a two-year project.

“We share a common vision with Mayor Galambos and the City Coucil, namely making Sandy Springs an amazing place to live,” said Howard Primer, president and CEO of Renaissance PG, the owner of Avistele Lifestyle Communities.

“Avistele is all about elevating apartment living to a new standard of excellence,” Primer continued. “We redeem the buildings and the land so that people can take pride in their homes and neighborhood.”

Primer told the group at the ribbon cutting ceremony that Avistele “was founded to fill a gap in modern life: not knowing our neighbors. Because we don’t know our neighbors, we are less courteous to each other, less civically involved and a huge part of our emotional and spiritual lives is not being nutured.

“Our teams have one mission: transforming apartment complexes into true communities, where neighbors can become friends,” he added.

“We have been fruitfully engaged with the city of Sandy Springs since its inception,” Primer explained. “We support the mayor’s campaign to make Sandy Springs’ apartment communities safer and more attractive. We are happy to have our community centers available to the public for events and programs that bring people together in wholesome and uplifting ways.”

For more information about Avistele at Andalusia , call 404-252-4822 or visit the website: www.avistele.com.

Abernathy 400 groundbreaking July 17

Ackerman & Co. is holding a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday, July 17, for Abernathy 400, which the company claims is the Central Perimeter’s first true mixed-use project and which includes partners Lane Co. and Russell New Urban Development.

Sandy Springs City Councilwoman Ashley Jenkins will be the keynote speaker at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony at the construction site for the $270 million mixed-use project at the corner of Abernathy and Barfield Roads and Georgia 400. Also on the program will be Pat Chesser, vice president of development for Ackerman & Co.

Abernathy 400 will include 550,000 square feet of office space, 20,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, a 400-room hotel and a 150-unit condominium community.

Multi-family developer Lane Co. will develop Serrano, the condo community with prices starting in the low $300,000. Ackerman and Russell will develop the office space.

Ray’s on the River returning

Following several months of renovations, Ray’s on the River will unveil a new look on July 23, according to Ray Schoenbaum, founder of Ray’s Restaurants, LLC.

Designed by Atlanta architectural firm Seiber Design, Inc., highlights of the makeover include water features at both the exterior and interior entry, a temperature-controlled wood clad wine wall, and travertine flooring with mosaic accent bands. The restaurant’s new bar area is separated from the main dining room by an internally illuminated “porthole wall”.

In conjunction with the restaurant’s re-opening, Tom McEachern will join Ray’s on the River as executive chef. Recently employed by The Horseradish Grill in Atlanta, McEachern has more than 16 years of experience as an executive chef with restaurants.

Managing Partner Bryan Housley, who has been with Ray’s on the River for more than 18 years, will continue to oversee day-to-day operations of the restaurant along with Ray’s Restaurants Partner and Chief Financial Officer John Ellis.

In celebration of the reopening and in recognition of the restaurant’s location on the banks of the Chattahoochee, Ray’s on the River will make a donation to Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (UCR), the Atlanta-based environmental advocacy organization dedicated solely to protecting and restoring the Chattahoochee River Basin.