By Amy Wenk
The redevelopment of Lakeside Office Park is back under consideration after nearly two years in court.
To resolve litigation with owners Greenstone Properties, the city of Sandy Spring presented a new compromise plan for the 26-acre office park on Glenridge Drive at the intersection of Ga. 400 and I-285.
Project planner Shea Hendress of HGOR introduced the new proposal at a May 25 public information meeting.
“We haven’t had an awful lot of time to digest it,” said Doug Falciglia of the Glenridge Hammond Homeowners Association, a group that opposed the original proposal because of the “overwhelming amount of traffic” it could have caused. Falciglia was one of a few residents who attended the recent meeting.
Plans for Lakeside have been in litigation since June 2008. Greenstone Properties President De Little sued the city after Sandy Springs City Council denied his request to redevelop the property. The board said the plan would generate too much traffic.
The original plan included 300 residential units, 1.13 million square feet of new and existing office space, 50,000 square feet of retail space and a 200-room hotel.
Lakeside currently houses five office buildings containing 400,000 total square feet.
The case went into mediation, and the redevelopment proposal was revamped as a compromise between the developer and the city to end legal proceedings.
The new plan abandons the hotel and retail space, and increases the number of residential units to 520, Hendress said. Two apartment buildings would front Glenridge Drive. Each would feature a courtyard in its center.
“The plan, I think, is to bring the apartments to the 40-foot line,” Falciglia said. “It will change the look of the area a lot on Glenridge.”
Hendress said the revised plan will keep four of the five existing office buildings, which range in size from two to five stories in height. A new 16-story office building would be constructed on the east side of the property, overlooking Ga. 400.
Covered parking would be built in the northeast corner of the property.
The new plan also calls for a 5,000-square-foot restaurant in the center of the office park, close to the two apartment buildings.
The city is the applicant of the revised proposal. That means the application will follow the city’s 120-day review process.
The Planning Commission will review the plan July 15, and the council should vote on it August 17.
City Attorney Wendell Willard has said he prefers the city initiate the application process when litigation is involved. That way the public can provide input.
The city used that same process with the CityWalk Towers development at the corner of Roswell Road and Hammond Drive, which was approved in December after years in court.