To the editor:

The developer Hines is moving forward with plans for a huge mixed-use development at Mount Vernon, Peachtree Dunwoody and Abernathy roads.

Hines is proposing building:

  • 500 apartment units;
  • 1.5 million square feet of office space;
  • 250-room hotel and 150,000 square feet of retail space.

Under Hines’ zoning request, the office tower could be as tall as 50 floors. The apartments could be up to 25 floors.

There will be 4,900 parking spaces and little connectivity planned to the Sandy Springs MARTA station, which is a 700-foot walk from the nearest edge of the development.

The development will generate 15,000 daily car trips, and the parking deck, built with zero setback from Ga. 400, will tower above the cars coming from Ga. 400 north on Abernathy.

At a meeting with residents hosted by the city, improved pedestrian access to cross Peachtree Dunwoody Road was requested, along with impact fees paid by the developer to improve roads. Keeping impact fees in the area they were intended for is key to preventing gridlock.

Hines withdrew their application in June 2013 due to Georgia Department of Transportation objections to the plan. The developer now states if GDOT moves forward with collector distributor lanes on Ga. 400, Hines will shift their plan to accommodate the lanes.

Smart growth for transit should include easy access to the MARTA station, required setbacks for appearance, a height commensurate with surrounding buildings, and a traffic plan that dovetails with future road improvements. At this time, the “trust me” conceptual plan for a development of this size could overwhelm this area of our new city.

Tochie Blad

To the editor:

I wanted to send you a letter to the editor regarding the very concerning Hines Development that’s up for vote on July 15 at the Sandy Springs City Council meeting.

A developer named Hines is seeking to construct 50- and 25-story towers on the tiny plot of land across from Costco and Dunwoody Self-Storage at the intersection of Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Abernathy Road and Mount Vernon Highway.

This exception to traditional zoning would be 16 stories taller than the King and Queen buildings, and would become the tallest suburban skyscraper in America at an intersection that already struggles mightily with traffic.

If approved, these buildings would bring 15,000 more cars down Mount Vernon, Peachtree Dunwoody, Barfield and other roads every day. Plus, the addition of 500 more apartments could severely impact local school capacity.

The project also would set a dangerous 50-story height precedent for the 74-acre Glenridge Hall site that’ll be hitting the market soon at Glenridge and Abernathy.

City Council will likely vote to approve the buildings at the meeting on Tuesday, July 15, unless they hear enough opposition from residents. Residents should make their opinions heard by contacting the mayor and/or City Council members at www.sandyspringsga.gov/City-Government.

The Sandy Springs website has a 43-page PDF with the full information on the project.

Thirteen letters of opposition already had been filed even before the initial meeting. Please don’t let this project hurt our smart-growth community and the reasons we moved to Sandy Springs in the first place.

Brian Eufinger

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