A developer unveiled plans for 20 single-family detached houses on Glenridge Drive in Sandy Springs at a meeting with about 50 community members July 11.
Betancourt Communities’ is buying out five existing homes at 6045-6105 Glenridge for the project. At the meeting, held at Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church, neighbors asked questions about such issues as traffic and trees.
“Will the there be a development plan that tries to retain trees on the property?” asked Rachel Friedberg, a local resident.
“We don’t have a plan at the moment, but I’m sure a plan will come along for that,” said Betancourt president Steve Ficarra.
The new houses would be in a gated community and priced around $800,000 to $900,000. Ficarra said they would be designed with architecture that matches the surrounding community.
The houses would feature two-car garages, and the neighborhood will potentially have a bicycle lane in front on Glenridge Drive.
The project requires rezoning for the denser housing and setback-related zoning variances, according to the developer’s conceptual plan.
One issue that several community members brought up was concern about the detention pond for storm water. The developer said current plans have the detention pond being placed underground and undetectable.
“How far will the development be from my house?” asked Ted Wilks, a Glenairy Drive homeowner who lives adjacent to the planned development.
The developer said the minimum the house can be from their properties is 20 feet from the property line.
Friedberg also asked about parking for guests of the residents of the potential development. She argued that there seemed to be little or no room for extra vehicles in the community.
“We think we have plenty of parking for residents and their guests,” said Ficarra.
Another community member asked if there would be traffic studies done to see what kind of impact the potential development could have on the surrounding community. The developers responded that a project of this size does not warrant a traffic study.
Betancourt Communities has not submitted the plan to the city yet. More community meetings will be scheduled before the official filing. Betancourt expects the plan to go before the city Planning Commission in October.