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.
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.