Are you ready for change?
The city of Sandy Springs is moving forward with its plans to engage a private design company to come up with ideas for how three shopping centers could be redeveloped.
The three shopping centers are:
- the former Loehmann’s shopping center (where the Sandy Springs Diner is located);
- Northridge Shopping Center (where the former Kroger’s was);
- North River Shopping Center (where Stars and Strikes is currently located)
Mayor Rusty Paul has said that the designs are intended to act as ideas or suggestions of what “could be” developed, and that the city could take the designs and develop the ideas someplace else in the city.
According to the Atlanta Regional Commission, rents in the metro region increased by 35 percent between 2011 – 2017, and home prices have increased 60 percent. One in three residents pays more than 30 percent of their income on housing.
Atlanta is no longer an affordable place to live.
And how are we doing here in Sandy Springs?
One thing is for sure, the city has done NO study to determine the impact the desired redevelopment of shopping centers will have on the affordability of housing. And all of this talk about redevelopment is driving the cost of land and rents even higher.
What are your thoughts about all of the proposed changes with no impact study being done? You will have a chance to share your opinions with the city soon.
The city will conduct community input meetings in the months ahead and your voice is needed. All of the walking paths, new retail and restaurants will be great to have, but at what cost?
Stay tuned to Sandy Springs Together to learn more about how you can make a difference by letting your voice be heard at the upcoming community meetings.