Council approves new fitness center

A mega fitness center is coming to Sandy Springs.

At their Sept. 22 meeting, the Sandy Springs City Council approved a zoning request for Life Time Fitness to allow a 356,485-square-foot fitness center.

The facility will be located at the Prado shopping center on Roswell Road, just south of I-285. The space, which sits on the back end of the property by Lake Placid Drive, was originally zoned for a Home Depot.

Residents were concerned about landscaping, parking and lighting issues. Council discussed the issues and ultimately approved conditions to address them.

“This is bigger and brighter than what I had in mind,” Dist. 3 Councilman Chip Collins said.

Jeff Melby, vice president of development for Life Time Fitness, said he sees the fitness center “driving the success of the Prado” since the average member visits two to four times a week. The fitness center should have around 6,500 members in about five years, he said.

“We are hoping that this facility will just boom,” Melby said.

The facility, which includes a swimming pool, will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Roads to be renamed

Two roads in Sandy Springs will be renamed.

Heards Drive will be renamed Raider Drive in honor of the Riverwood International Charter School. The Raider is the school’s mascot.

“This was just sort of a dream of mine,” said school principal Eddie Echols to the Sandy Springs City Council Sept. 21 when the renaming was approved.

Heards Road also was going to be renamed Raider Drive, but council voted against the idea when a resident spoke in opposition.

Council also approved the renaming of Brandon Mill Road, between Grogans Ferry and Morgan Falls roads. The road will be renamed Adair Lane.

Fire stations to hold open house

The Sandy Springs Fire Rescue Department, in celebration of Fire Safety Week, is holding an open house on Oct. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the four fire stations in the city. The event invites children to learn about fire safety and lets them interact with the city’s firefighters. Fire Station #1 is located at 1425 Spalding Drive; Fire Station #2, 135 Johnson Ferry Road; Fire Station #3, 6025 Heards Road; and Fire Station #4, 4697 Wieuca Road. For more information, contact Capt. Mark Ware at 770-730-5600.