City Manger John McDonough and Mayor Eva Galambos pose with a bulldozer on Feb. 21 in front of a house the city will demolish to make way for a road.

Sandy Springs kicked off its city center project Thursday, Feb. 21, by knocking down a home on property the city purchased to make way for a road.

The road will be an extension of Blue Stone Road, a city press release says. The home is located at 150 Hilderbrand Drive. In October the city bought the property for $215,000 from the executor of the estate for Katherine K. Bell, according to city records.

“The first phase of development focuses on providing connectivity from what is to be a redeveloped CityWalk to the city hall property,” Mayor Eva Galambos said in the press release. “We still have awhile before the start of actual construction, but activity has begun.”

The road construction is part of Phase 1 of the city center plan, a project that could take as long as a decade and will cost $84 million. Under the Phase 1 plan, the city will spend $9.6 million to build a segment for Mount Vernon Highway west of Sandy Springs Circle to Roswell Road and extending Bluestone Road from Heritage to Mount Vernon Highway.

Phase 1 will cover the area north of Hammond Drive and west of Roswell Road. When all phases are completed, future development will move the center of city life to what has traditionally been considered the heart of the community along Roswell Road near I-285.