Sandy Springs city staff will recommend Boston-based firm Goody Clancy as the company to help the city plan its future downtown, according to documents posted on the city’s website.

The City Council will consider awarding a $350,000 contract to the company at its March 6 meeting. The contract will include the city’s 10-year downtown Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) update.

The city put out the request for qualifications on Jan 5, seeking a firm that would help the city implement its vision of transforming Roswell Road into the heart of the city, centered on a municipal complex the city currently intends to build at 235 Johnson Ferry Road. The city staff recommended the firm after reviewing 12 proposals in response to the RFQ. There was a 13th proposal that was disqualified.

The city appointed an evaluation team to review the proposals. Its members were City Manager John McDonough; Assistant City Attorney Cecil McLendon; retired community development director Nancy Leathers; Planning Commission Chairman Lee Duncan and Public Works Director Kevin Walter.

Goody Clancy has a resume that includes development of the downtown master plan for Asheville, N.C., and a plan to revitalize the Denver, Colo., lower downtown district.

Here is how Goody Clancy describes itself on its website: “We are a firm of 85 architects, preservationists, planners and urban designers based in Boston and Washington, DC and working nationally. From the firm’s inception to present day, we have integrated energy and resource conservation into our work. We take pride in the collaborative relationships we build with our clients, many of whom have worked with us repeatedly for decades. ”

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