Sandy Springs City Council will decide Dec. 6 whether to start a long-awaited study and design of widening Hammond Drive between Barfield and Roswell roads. And the council also will vote on buying yet another Hammond house as a placeholder if the widening project is ever carried out.

The largely two-lane stretch of Hammond Drive through the area has been the focus of widening proposals for a decade. The proposals have been locally controversial, but got good overall public support as an item on the city’s transportation special local option sales tax ballot question that Fulton County voters approved last month. The TSPLOST will help to fund the study and design, but not construction, which would be roughly another decade away if approved.

A Google Earth image of the house at 400 Hammond Drive that the city of Sandy Springs is considering purchasing.

The study is estimated to cost $500,000, according to a city memo. The city currently has a $240,000 grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission and the council will be asked to approve a 20 percent funding match. TSPLOST funds will start coming next April.

In the meantime, the city has purchase seven residential properties on Hammond as “protective buys” to get them at lower prices now in case the widening eventually happens. The council will be asked to approve the purchase of yet another property, a house at 400 Hammond Drive at the intersection with Hilderbrand Drive, for $325,000.

The city earlier this year purchased properties at 372, 418, 521, 550 and 590 Hammond. The 521 Hammond house will be used in the short-term as affordable housing for a police officer.

John Ruch

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

3 replies on “Sandy Springs aims to start Hammond widening study, buy another house”

  1. I may be wrong on this one but I thought that the “Right of Way” extended 20′ from the center line of the road on both sides. That right of way isn’t something new. It may be that some homeowners are unaware and never did appropriate personal education nor ask the question to begin with. Taking the full 20′ should require no special new law. This is something that could be answered by a journalist doing the research and sharing. Could that 20′ meet the need?

    Lastly, when is it time that our elected officials hold a press conference or are interviewed by representatives of the local press on such matters? Yes we have a for profit private company involved but no one voted for them. Time for those we the public chose to run Sandy Springs.

  2. At a minimum, the Hammond widening study should be postponed until after the massive $1.1 billion 285/400 construction project is complete, since any data collected beforehand will be highly irrelevant once 285/400 is built. By the time that project is finished, Mercedes and the thousands of apartments currently under construction will be complete as well so we can get an honest picture of traffic.

    If the widening is “at least a decade away” anyways as the article says, then there is *zero* harm in waiting to do that study. Unless it’s really two years away and they’re trying to placate us til it’s too late…

    To do the study prior to 285/400 being done is just lighting a $500,000 bag of cash on fire for no apparent reason.

  3. I’m glad SS has so much tax money to burn. I wonder how much they will have when homeowners have fled, developers have moved on and all that’s left are miles of cheap apartments and commuters driving through as fast as possible?

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