Preservation and Rehabilitation of existing apartments in the Crossroads area is the FIRST principle for the revitalization of the area, according to the proposal presented by the planners, Rhodeside and Harwell, during the August 30, 2023, public input meeting.
This is good news for workers living just inside I-285 along Northwoods Dr. and Roswell Rd, the area known as “Crossroads.” According to the Atlanta Regional Commission, there are almost 7,000 residents, comprising 2,800 households and over 1,700 children living in this area.
It is also good news for the employers who rely on these hardworking residents for businesses, from restaurants and retail to healthcare and even our school system. The proposal offers a compelling vision that includes preserving the most affordable apartments in Sandy Springs, all while keeping the rich Hispanic culture and tight-knit community intact. The proposal also includes plans for new townhomes and retail spaces in specific areas.
We support this vision and encourage everyone to review the Draft Design Concept presentation here. It is available in both English and Spanish. It’s important to remember, though, that this is just a proposal for now. So, it’s crucial that you voice your support and provide ongoing feedback.
The next steps involve the consultants incorporating all the feedback received up until September 15. From there, they will draft a Report of Recommendations, set to be presented to the Sandy Springs Planning Commission in October. Once the Planning Commission weighs in, the final Report of Recommendations will be presented to our City Council in November. As soon as we know the specific dates, we will make sure to keep you in the loop.
You can review the entire plan here:
It includes details about:
· Connectivity and Open Space, including a new linear park
· Examples of new construction for townhomes and retail for specific areas without demolition of existing apartments.
· Ideas for transitioning from old to new