Sandy Springs city officials on Jan. 31 submitted a proposal for locating a branch of Gwinnett Technical College in the community, city officials reported.
The college had asked cities in northern Fulton County to submit proposals to locate a new technical college in their communities. The proposals were due by Jan. 31. Gwinnett Tech planned to spend more than $40 million on the campus, Sandy Springs officials said, and eventually 10,000 or more students would attend the school.
Sandy Springs Mayor Eva Galambos has said Sandy Springs’ proposal would include two possible locations for a new college campus, one on undeveloped property at the North Springs MARTA station and the other at an office building at the Pavilion at Lake Hearn.
Sandy Springs City Council on Jan. 18 voted 4-3, which Galambos casting the tie-breaking vote, to submit the bid. The city’s proposal said Sandy Springs would provide $2.5 million for the development of the college and the city’s business community would provide an additional $2.5 million.
The proposal drew heated opposition from residents, who packed the meeting and spoke against the plan before the council’s vote. Some opponents objected to the location of the college at the North Springs MARTA station and others objected to the city spending tax money on the college.