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 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.