By John Schaffner

The Atlanta Board of Education has identified its primary choice for a location for a new North Atlanta High School at the corner of Roswell Road and East Andrews Drive.

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Sally Silver, an assistant to Atlanta City Councilman Howard Shook, said reliable legal sources have confirmed to her the school board’s interest in the site at 3300 Roswell Road, now location of Paces Apartments. She said the school board would condemn the 30-acre, heavily wooded site, which stretches from East Andrews to Peachtree Presbyterian Church.

The property is across Andrews Drive from retail businesses and several of Buckhead’s West Village bars.

Silver, chair of the Transportation & Development Committee of Neighborhood Planning Unit B, would not identify the owner of the site, but said she has been told that the owner informed the school board he did not want to sell the property to them.

In fact, Silver said the owner has another party who is interested in purchasing the site and retaining it as it is, heavily wooded and crossed by streams.

Another Buckhead source said the property is owned by Sun Trust Bank and the John W. Grant Co. Trustees. John W. Grant III is a Buckhead developer and landowner.

Silver said she had talked during the past month with several members of the school board about rumors this site would be the location for the new high school and all of them said those discussions took place in executive sessions and they could not discuss the issue.

Keith Bromery, communications manager for Atlanta Public Schools, called the Buckhead Reporter Oct. 14 with this statement from APS Superintendent Beverly Hall regarding reports of the Buckhead site selection: “APS is committed to building a new high school at an appropriate site. At this time, we are unable to discuss any particulars about site selection. However, all community input will be considered as we continue to consider site options.”

Silver indicated that the school board’s second choice would be the IBM site on Northside Parkway, north of I-75. The other sites considered reportedly were at Lindberg off Piedmont Road a site off Northside Parkway near the Atlanta Speech School.

The IBM site is on a four-lane road in an area that is not congested. The Lindbergh site is near a MARTA rail station.

John Schaffner

John Schaffner was founding editor of Reporter Newspapers.