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.

The conceptual plan of Betancourt Communities’ 20-home plan for Glenridge Drive, from a city filing.

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.

–James Beaman

4 replies on “20-house development unveiled for Sandy Springs’ Glenridge Drive”

  1. More houses, just what grid locked roads need. Yeah Sandy Springs council as it’s not really government but a private equity, right.

    Glad none of the residents are planning on birthday parties etc as the “we’ve plenty of parking” suggests.

    Now, as a couple who advises POTUS on Science, has an art collection that will go into museums when we’re dead, what do the residence of this community do that requires a gate? Honestly? We’ve neighbors who are just public company middle managers or CEO’s and created not a company among them with gates on there driveway. They’re not worthy of a gate either but…. I guess with a state that passes a gun law allowing anyone to carry a gun and LEO’s not allowed to ask if they have a permit all the minions are scared. Are we supposed to have a gate on our drive and block wall around our house as we’ve neither?

  2. Understand the rules: He who has the gold rules. There is money to be made. Stand back! A tattoo and body piercing emporium is next, along with a pawn shop
    snd a 24/7 liquor supermarket. Not to fret because a drug rehab center is on the schedule. Only in America. Keep smiling.

  3. More and more and more. The developers have taken over the City of SS. Wherever there is available land, the developers will build. The City approves any and all zoning requests with few, if any, changes. The Planning staff are paper pushers and recommend approval of requests without thinking about the impact on the existing neighborhoods. On and on and on we go. Before you know it, the City will be COMPLETELY gridlocked. No one has the courage to simply say no to more development. The City is not smart enough to simply say no. Approvals are commonplace because the City can’t defend themselves in Court because of their past behavior of approvals. A sad situation exists because money is to be made with disregard to the whole.

  4. Pack ’em in ..The Mayor complains about the Cobb traffic…Heh, heh…Just keep this out of Dunwoody..”Enjoy” your new city center AND all that goes with it…Pack’em in….

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