The City of Sandy Springs has issued a draft request for qualifications for a “master developer” to execute the city’s downtown revitalization plan.

“The City is searching for a development partner with the experience, financial capacity and long-term commitment necessary to lead development efforts surrounding the 14-acre block bounded by Johnson Ferry Road to the north, Roswell Road to the east, Mount Vernon Highway to the south, and Sandy Springs Circle to the west,” the city’s announcement says.

In December, City Council adopted its downtown master plan. Making the first phase of it it a reality will cost upwards of $100 million over 10 years.

Here is the city’s full press release on the master developer RFQ:

SANDY SPRINGS (Aug. 21, 2013) – During the August 20, 2013 Council meeting, the Sandy Springs City Council reviewed guidelines prepared by the city’s staff in preparation of issuance of a draft Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a Master Developer for developing the City’s downtown area.  The City is searching for a development partner with the experience, financial capacity and long-term commitment necessary to lead development efforts surrounding the 14-acre block bounded by Johnson Ferry Road to the north, Roswell Road to the east, Mount Vernon Highway to the south, and Sandy Springs Circle to the west.

“We have said from the beginning that development of the City’s downtown would be a public-private partnership, and bringing in a master developer is the first step in that process. This developer will not only help us plan and design our master block, but also provide assistance in adding programming and services to enhance community activity on the site,” said Sandy Springs Mayor Eva Galambos.

Today, the City is releasing a draft RFQ to seek input from potential development partners prior to the presentation of the final RFQ to the City Council on September 17, 2013. To download a copy of the draft RFQ, prospective responders are encouraged to visit the City’s website at sandyspringsga.gov/purchasing. The final RFQ is scheduled to be released for response the day following its approval by the City Council.

Goals for the project include the creation of a unique, vibrant, walkable City Center, which incorporates mixed-use development introducing new dining, high-end residential living, amenity retail and entertainment options.  The project also will create an appropriate setting for a new civic / cultural center that will contain multiple uses such as city offices, a performing arts facility and community activity center.  The City block will also encompass a green space network to accommodate a variety of activities.

A number of planned infrastructure projects are underway in the immediate area as part of the approved Phase One Implementation Plan.  Among those activities: Mt. Vernon Highway Street Improvement/Blue Stone Road extension, Sandy Springs Circle Streetscape Project, a parking study, stormwater improvements and development of form-based code emphasizing walkable street qualities and mixed-use development.

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Dan Whisenhunt

Dan Whisenhunt wrote for Reporter Newspapers from 2011 - 2014. He is the founder and editor of Decaturish.com