By C. Julia Nelson
cjnelson@reporternewspapers.net

Planning Commission approves Corporate Campus rezoning request

The Sandy Springs Planning Commission has recommended approval of a rezoning request for the Corporate Campus, LLC development at Hammond Drive and Peachtree Dunwoody Road as well as related variances and use permits.

Applicant Patrick Chesser of Corporate Campus, LLC is requesting to rezone the property at 1140 and 1150 Hammond Dr. from MIX (Mixed Use District) Conditional to MIX to develop a 753,000 square foot, 30-floor office/retail building atop a six-floor parking deck, a 10-story, 160-room hotel and 400 residential units.

During its March 20 meeting, the Sandy Springs Planning Commission voted 5-0 to recommend approval of the rezoning request. (Commissioner Susan Maziar was absent.)

Included in the approval were three variance requests including an additional freestanding sign on Peachtree Dunwoody Road and extra internal directional signage. The third approved variance would allow the applicant to eliminate the landscape strips in areas currently developed with buildings or parking along Peachtree-Dunwoody Road.

The affirmative motion included approval of a use permit to exceed the maximum allowable height of 60 feet to construct the 36-story office structure and hotel.

The rezoning request will go before Sandy Springs City Council on April 15.

In other business, the Planning Commission unanimously elected new officers: Lee Duncan will serve as the Chair of the commission and Wayne Thatcher will serve as the Vice Chair.

Bluegrass kicks off ARTSSpring

ARTSSpring, a month-long celebration of arts activities in Sandy Springs, will take place April 17 through May 17, beginning with a Gala Opening called “High Class Bluegrass” at the Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn at 7:00 p.m. on April 18.

First on the High Class Bluegrass program will be Carrie Hassler and Hard Rain, a band that emerged in 2006 with the release of their self-titled album on Rural Rhythm Records produced by Jim Van Cleve of the band Mountain Heart. Some of their most recognizable songs include “Seven Miles from Wichita,” “Going on the Next Train,” and “Least That I Can Do.”

Also headlining the concert will be Tennessee bluegrass band, Jimbo Whaley and Greenbrier formed in early 2004 by singer, songwriter and guitarist Whaley. Some of its most notable bluegrass singles include “Uncle Pen,” “Fox on the Run” and “Rank Stranger.”

Tickets for the High Class Bluegrass concert are $10 per person in advance and $15 at the gate. Tables for six at $125 may be reserved at cbgmax@yahoo.com. Catering is by Five Seasons Brew Pub. Guests who want to order the BBQ chicken, pork or beef dinners should call 770-521-5551 or e-mail: info.5seasons@gmail.com.

To order tickets, call Cheree Gayre at 770-952-1582 or send checks payable to ArtSS to 5905 Winterthur Ridge, Atlanta, GA 30328.

More information is available about ARTSS online at www.artsandysprings.org. All money raised goes directly to arts activities.

Group educates about stormwater

Members of the Leadership Sandy Springs class of 2008 have formed small groups to create and implement service projects to benefit Sandy Springs.

One team is working with the city to educate residents, schools and businesses on stormwater and its environmental impact.

Stormwater runoff is rainfall that does not absorb into the ground. It contains pollutants such as oil and grease, chemicals, nutrients, metals and bacteria that negatively affect the environment.

Local development has reduced the natural capacity of soil and vegetation to absorb rainfall, thus creating more stormwater runoff. This can produce erosion of land areas and stream banks, by causing or increasing flooding and carrying pollutants to surface waters.

In addition to raising awareness, the project is designed to engage community service organizations, schools and homeowners’ associations to help place markers on the storm sewers in Sandy Springs neighborhoods. Using a GIS tracking system, detailed maps will be provided locating all storm sewers in the city. The stick-on markers will serve as permanent reminders of what should be kept out of these sewers.

To volunteer to label storm sewers, contact Andrea Haney at andrea.haney@heritagesandysprings.org no later than April 20. For more information, contact Larry Weiner at lweiner@templesinaiatlanta.org.

Volunteer for a Better Sandy Springs

Leadership Sandy Springs will host its sixth annual Volunteer for a Better Sandy Springs on Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. including a celebration lunch at Hammond Park.

Committee Chair Nolan Feintuch estimated that 500 people will participate in this city-wide event.

“We have a wide array of community and business partners for the event and many different projects to help us make Sandy Springs a better place to live, work and play,” Feintuch said.

For more information visit www.leadershipsandysprings.org to download a registration brochure, e-mail director@leadershipsandysprings.org or call (404) 256-9091.