The Sandy Springs City Council on July 15 unanimously voted to defer a vote on the Northpark 100 mixed-use development containing 500 apartment units in addition to a 50-floor office tower and hotel and retail space until September.
Real estate developer Hines had requested a zoning change for land at Peachtree Dunwoody, Abernathy and Mount Vernon roads from office to mixed use, which would allow for the apartments, as well as a use permit to exceed maximum height variances.
City staff had recommended the council approve the project with some conditions, saying it fit into the Comprehensive Plan and Live Work Regional district.
However, critics have said a 50-story office tower would be the tallest in the area, changing the city’s landscape, and that the project would bring too much traffic to an already-congested area.
Councilman Gabriel Sterling made the motion to defer, saying that the staff and council needed to have a better understanding of how the development would affect traffic in the area.
Mayor Rusty Paul said that he wanted to see a legitimate transit plan from the developer before the project was approved.
Trish Thompson, with the Sandy Springs Council of Neighborhoods, said she was not happy with the traffic the project would potentially bring. “Hines is one of the best developers in the nation,” she said. “You could not ask for a better developer in Sandy Springs. . . . I just want them to do a really good job.”