Sandy Springs is buying a vacant house at 145 Mount Vernon Highway for $600,000 to speed along its City Springs redevelopment across the street.

The city has been in negotiations over buying right of way for utility work for months, and was facing delays, city officials said. They ended up offering to buy the entire house and lot. The purchase was approved by the City Council at its June 7 meeting.

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