Ashton Woods’ Aria project, which sparked local controversy in Sandy Springs, won a construction industry design award July 29 at a Florida conference.

“Aria” is the unified name for three projects around Abernathy Road and Glenridge Drive covering over 100 acres and with nearly 1,000 housing units, as well as a new city park and some commercial space. One part under construction now is the site where the Glenridge Hall mansion was demolished last year. Another phase will go alongside Mercedes-Benz USA’s future headquarters off Barfield Road, and the third section is a townhome project along Glenridge Drive.

A new rendering of Ashton Woods’ Aria redevelopment at the former Glenridge Hall site.

The redevelopment sparked neighborhood protests and lawsuit threats last year, starting with the surprise demolition of the 85-year-old Glenridge Hall mansion by its owners in advance of a sale. After Ashton Woods won redevelopment rights, its plan for high-density housing, especially apartments, along the Mercedes-Benz site drew protests. The plan involves cutting down a large section of forest.

At the Southeast Building Conference in Kissimmee, Fla., Aria won an “Aurora Award” for design in the category “Best On the Boards Mixed Use Project.” The award is presented by the conference and the Florida Home Builders Association.

“We’re honored to receive recognition for Aria’s plan and design,” said Mike Busher, Ashton Woods Atlanta’s senior vice president of land and urban development, in a press release. “Our team is excited to bring this project to life, creating a community in harmony with the area and offering exceptionally designed homes that our buyers love.”

The press release describes the project by saying, “As the name suggests, Aria is designed to celebrate the harmonious balance of nature and city living by offering expertly crafted homes set amid greenspaces, common areas and retail shops.” It also describes the Sandy Springs location as “an urban oasis in close proximity to the bustle of Atlanta.”

John Ruch

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.

3 replies on “Ashton Woods wins design award for Sandy Springs’ Aria project”

  1. More BS from the community of developers: What most of us see are a lot of dead trees and more traffic in a corridor that has become simply a traffic nightmare. While you are inching along Abernathy this afternoon give a nod to the lovely loss of true green space and remember Mayor Paul and his contributions to Sandy Springs

    1. Alex, couldn’t agree more. I’ve lived in this area for 35 years and it is so beautiful. What is going to happen to all of the wildlife in those woods, Mr. Mayor? Makes me sick.

  2. So, a wort on the Mona Lisa is a great design. Pat on back is all this is, for what? A total destruction of an “Oasis” for wildlife, people, and away from noise in an over congested, over developed, continuation of Atlanta now called Sandy Springs. Who can call Sandy Springs Private Equity Club “An urban oasis in close proximity to Atlanta? A blind person, maybe.

    Now, I dare anyone to start developing away from Atlanta and SSPEC to where the people actually live, North of what is called Atlanta. You know where all those people sitting on 400 to get to there job, located/developed in Atlanta, actually live. Massively develop that part of Georgia.

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