CityWalk is simply ugly

To the editor:

As far as CityWalk’s inherent, evolutionary questions are concerned, I agree with the signage issue — can’t somebody show some creativity here? — and have only one other basic problem with it: It’s ugly. Devoid of character and allurement, it rises like a bunker, not a place to feel tempted to visit.

Ever since they tore down that hill and began inserting that pretentious dark siding that is supposed to pass for design, I have hated the sight of it and just knew no one was going to popularize that place. It is, by all accounts, the most uninviting place for miles around. That foreboding brown color and the even more impersonal and strangely angled “architecture” I can’t find a comforting curve in anywhere — well, you just have to wonder what young architectural firm submitted this monstrosity.

But the real travesty, going back to the genesis of the project, is: Who approved it? Are they still with us? If so, they should not be allowed to approve any more architectural designs in our beloved Sandy Springs. Period.

One last thing for everyone involved in this sterile exercise that is completely devoid of all warmth and color to consider: The very name of Sandy Springs conjures light-colored images, inviting people to come in, walk around and lighten their load. Enjoy yourself here.

And when Georgian designers finally realize that water (the “Springs” part) placed somewhere, maybe down that hillside, always provides a comforting relief and is a delight to the eye, they’ll really get it.

That deformity on Hammond Drive stirs nobody’s amiable instincts.

Randy Gogatz

Management embraces challenges

To the editor:

I appreciate the positive follow-up article regarding CityWalk on Nov. 28 (“New management brings hope to CityWalk”). As the new management team for the center, we have accepted many challenges and relationships that may have been overlooked or discounted by the previous managers. Our company goal is to provide the highest quality of real estate services to all our clients.

We were dismayed to learn that some merchants and tenants are disappointed. The merchant letter reported in a previous edition of the Reporter was written before our company’s acceptance of the management assignment and created great concern both to our team and to some of the tenants at CityWalk.

As property managers, we serve the interests of the owners and investors, the tenants, and the city government. Economic realities and uncertain times are stressing all of them. We are meeting with all the tenants individually, hoping to address their issues. The owners and investors have an expectation that our experienced team will manage the center and lease the vacant space regardless of the climate. Our team is working with city leaders to be in compliance with ordinances, to improve the center’s signage and to develop a destination-location experience at CityWalk.

Stephen Thomas
ReMax Commercial Atlanta