City officials are implementing the first phase of the city’s downtown master plan, a project expected to cost taxpayers $84 million.
The costs are for building Phase 1 of the city center plan, which will cover the area north of Hammond Drive and west of Roswell Road.
The city already has $25.6 million budgeted and needs an additional $58 million. The costs will be spread out over the next decade. The council plans to set aside $7.5 million a year for the next seven years for the project.
The council approved the plan at its meeting on Feb. 5. Sandy Springs kicked off its city center project on Feb. 21, knocking down a structure at 150 Hilderbrand Drive. The site will become part of an extension of Bluestone Road.
Here are some of the largest projects in the first phase and their anticipated costs. Some projects listed here were already planned by the city and have funding allocated, but the city will need additional money to complete them. Other projects are considered “new” and are contained in the Phase 1 plan. All information comes from the city of Sandy Springs.
Johnson Ferry Road and Sandy Springs Circle intersection improvements
The project: Changing the alignment and grade of Sandy Springs Circle and improving the transition from five lanes to two lanes on Johnson Ferry Road North.
Total cost: $3 million
Amount the city needs: $2.3 million
Johnson Ferry Road/Glenridge Drive project
The project: Improving the alignment and creating roundabouts for the intersection of Johnson Ferry Road and Mount Vernon Highway. City staff recommended to the city that Roswell Road should not be widened further and that the project should focus on the east side of Roswell Road.
Total cost: $14.6 million
Amount the city needs: $9.9 million
Sandy Springs Circle streetscape
The project: Adding multipurpose paths, wider landscaping, on-street parking, streetlights and medians.
Total cost (Option A): $7.5 million
Amount the city needs (Option A): $5.12 million
Note: The project proposed two alternatives with different funding mechanisms that would depend on alternate funding sources. To see the full list of options visit: ReporterNewspapers.net.
Mount Vernon Highway street improvement/Bluestone Road extension (new project)
The project: Build a new street segment on Mount Vernon Highway west of Sandy Springs Circle to Roswell Road. Bluestone Road to be extended from the Bluestone Building to the new city center on Mount Vernon Highway.
Total cost: $9.6 million
Civic Center on-site infrastructure and the Green (new project)
The project: Providing the streets and underground utilities necessary to support the construction of a city center.
Total cost: $11.3 million
Heritage Green playground (new project)
The project: Building a new playground next to the Heritage Green
Total cost: $4.4 million