The Sandy Springs Planning Commission voted 5-1 Jan. 15 to recommend that the City Council deny Atlanta-based Oxford Properties’ plans to redevelop 1155 Hammond Drive.
The developers of Hammond Center modified their site plan after the commission deferred the application Nov. 20, citing the needs for more density, green space and access to adjacent parcels.
Planning commissioners suggested they build towers as high as 30 stories. The developers argued that towers wouldn’t be cost-effective and continued to ask for 20,000 square feet of restaurants, 50,000 square feet of retail space and 398 apartments, joining a 120-room hotel that is already on the site.
“The problem in this situation is we’ve got retail that needs to be on the ground floor,” said Woody Galloway, a Dillard & Galloway lawyer representing Oxford Properties. “Even if you could (build vertically), it wouldn’t add green space, because the retail would need parking. It would need to be on that ground level.”
Commissioner Donald Boyken, who cast the vote against the denial recommendation, said the planned project is a “concrete jungle.”
Commissioner Ruger Rupnow said: “If we’re going to honor the comprehensive plan and follow it, then we need more density.”
The application goes to council Feb. 17.