The city of Sandy Springs and Sandy Springs United Methodist Church say they are “negotiating” about a controversial redesign of Sandy Springs Circle after the church last month delivered over 500 petitions in opposition. That includes “another look” at whether the plan will include separate sidewalks and multi-use paths, according to church pastor Rev. Thomas Martin.

The driveway area of the Sandy Springs United Methodist Church that would be affected by the Sandy Springs Circle redesign project. (Photo John Ruch)

The city’s redesign plan focuses on the section of Sandy Springs Circle between Mount Vernon Highway and Hammond Drive. On the street, the plan turns two travel lanes into on-street, parallel parking. On the curbsides, the plan adds sidewalks where there are none, as well as a multi-use path.

The plan dates back to a concept in the 2012 City Center Master Plan. But, since it was unveiled in March, the plan has drawn controversy and surprise, especially for the lanes-to-parking change, the multi-use path and limited public information meetings. The church is concerned the plan would move its driveway and possibly take away land for an undisclosed private development next to its building.

John Ruch

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

4 replies on “City, church ‘negotiating’ Sandy Springs Circle plan”

  1. I kind of hope the City of Sandy Springs overreaches on this and tries to take the land of the church that has long represented the heart of Sandy Springs. It would likely be the bridge too far and demonstrate how out of touch both the elected and bureaucratic leadership are with the residents of the city and would inevitably lead to a political reset in the next election. Rusty Paul, the Ctiy Manager and many of our members of the City Council would have been very comfortable serving on the Fulton County Commission in the bad old days of Fulton County control. They too thought they knew better and didn’t listen to us either. Has the city ever commissioned a survey to see what residents really think about bulldozing our history, building more apartments without sufficient infrastructure to support it, or using eminent domain and gobbling up private land for parking lots? Of course not. Because they know what is best and don’t want to know what you think.

  2. How many of the 500 are actual Sandy Springs residents?

    Church or not, doesn’t matter.

    They would like to have the option to use the land and make money but at this point have not a plan or a clue.

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