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Heritage Sandy Springs; Thursday June 18, 2015 6:15pm. Final design of City Center presentation to the public from the Mayor Paul, and designers of the project. Mayor Rusty Paul talks with Bonnie and Chuck Berk.

The tree-dotted, fountain-sprouting design for the City Center complex drew applause from a crowd of about 100 residents at a presentation at Heritage Sandy Springs on June 18.

Most resident comments and questions afterward involved construction details. Some demolition is already underway and work is slated to begin early next month.

Bonnie and Chuck Berk were among the residents who praised the design.

“I think they’ve done a good job of blending some of the necessary high-rise elements with stone and trees…things that feel warmer,” said Bonnie Berk.

Chuck Berk said he is “impressed with the level of detail” in how the plan was tweaked to suit the public comments.

Mayor Rusty Paul said he wants one further piece of public input during a planned August groundbreaking ceremony.

“We’re going to ask people to bring some dirt from your neighborhood to this site…symbolically linking the [new] neighborhood to your neighborhood,” Paul said, adding that more details on that event are forthcoming.

–John Ruch