The City of Sandy Springs is currently in the process of developing its city center – City Springs. You can use this website to learn about the development activities and community events as the process moves forwards.
December 1, 2015: During its December 1 meeting, the Sandy Springs City Council received an update on the progress of construction. Design is 75% completed. Holder Construction has locked in 83% of the trades needed for the project, and 10% of the total work has been completed. While there have been 14 rain days noted, the project currently remains on schedule. The City Council also approved a $13,1530,000 progress payment to Holder Construction.
November 4, 2015: During the monthly Coffee with a Contractor, Holder Construction presented projected closure plans for construction needed on Mt Vernon Highway and Sandy Springs Circle. Active construction work is expected to begin Feb. 1, 2016. Sandy Springs Roadways Q&A Draft – 10.30.15
Sept. 20, 2015: More than 150 members of the Sandy Springs community gathered on the construction site of the future home of the City’s new Performing Arts Center and City Hall, to join City leaders as they unveiled branding to reflect the emergence of this newly shaping district.
“Creating a branded area will help us build a retail and residential area that is not only vibrant, but carries with it a certain cache. It will be a place where higher-end retailers and restaurants will want to locate and become a focal point for the community,” said Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul. The City’s website contains the full press release. Click this link to view a short recap of the brand unveiling
Sept. 10, 2015: With site preparation underway to soon house a community-centric district with performing arts center, family theatre, park and mixed-use retail and housing, branding elements have also been in development. City of Sandy Springs leaders will unveil a new district name and logo on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015 at 5 p.m. The uncovering will take place on the construction site, and the public is invited to attend. The City’s website contains the full press release.
June 16, 2015: The City Council held a special-called Council Meeting, during which the community saw a presentation showcasing images of the design planned for the City Center Development. That presentation can be found following this link: 6.17.15 CITY CENTER VISUALS Presentation FINAL_Compressed / Sandy Springs City Council Private Development Note: Note: The slides showing photos of the interior of a performing arts center are images of the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts in Virginia Beach, providing a space example and not actual interior design.
March 4, 2015: The City held an Open House to gather input on visual aesthetics of City Center development. Here’s a link to the evening’s presentation: Presentation from March 4, 2015 meeting.
For those who were unable to attend, you can submit your input via an online Visual Aesthetics Survey.
January 7, 2015: The City selects Holder Construction as Construction Manager at Risk for City Center. You can learn more on the City Center Blog and view the Construction Management Services Civic Facility RFP Recommendation presentation given to the Mayor and City Council on January 6, 2015.
November 25, 2014: A CM at Risk RFP Pre-Proposal Conference was held. A presentation was given which included the City Center project history, an overview of the project scope, high points of the RFP and the RFP schedule.
October 21, 2014: The Sandy Springs Mayor and City Council attended a Special Called Retreat. During the retreat they received a draft report from Venue Solutions Group detailing potential management options for the operation of the Performing Arts Center.
October 17, 2014: Rick Davis, Executive Director of the Hylton Performing Arts Center submitted preliminary recommendations on the design and governance of the proposed Performing Arts Center. The report provides preliminary recommendation on the design and governance for the performing arts center, the results of the charrettes held earlier in October, as well as conversations with practitioners in the performing arts field. Mr. Davis, along with a panel of experts discussed the findings during the City Council’s Special Called Retreat on Oct 21, 2014.
October 2, 2014: The City of Sandy Springs issued a formal request for qualifications (RFQ) for a Construction Manager to work alongside the City and its partners – Carter (Program Manager), Rosser International (Architect) and jB+a, Inc. (Landscape Architect) – in the design and construction of the civic facilities within the City’s downtown, City Center project. The selected firm will assist in the design phase of the project by evaluating cost, schedules and implications of alternative designs, as well as constructability reviews and value engineering. (click here for more information)
September 19, 2014: The City of Sandy Springs is seeking input from directors for arts organizations, theater, dance groups, music promoters, visual arts organizations, and youth and business programming to participate in an interactive charrette, which will take place on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at Heritage Sandy Springs located at 6110 Bluestone Road, Sandy Springs, Ga. 30328.
September 2, 2014: The Sandy Springs City Council unanimously approved a site development plan for the City Center. The approved plan includes office space to house government services, green space, residential and retail areas, in addition meeting space and a performing arts center.
August 27, 2014: The City of Sandy Springs City Council held a special called meeting to discuss planning for City Center. The Council received a presentation and status updates on Site Planning, Park and Open Space, the proposed Performing Arts Center and Meeting Space, Retail Mix and Project Budget. More than 180 people attended the meeting and had the opportunity to give written and vocal comments.
August 20, 2014: The city of Sandy Springs distributed a web survey to solicit input from the community on the mix of retail they would like to see as part of the new City Center. The four question survey enables individuals to submit ideas in the categories of Restaurants/food, Health and Beauty, Boutiques/Fashion/Clothing, and Specialty Retail.
July 24, 2014: Members of the community attended an open house format meeting to review the Performing Arts Center information presented to the City, and give their thoughts and ideas to the master planning team.
July 23, 2014: A Performing Arts Center and Meeting Space Update Presentation was given to the Sandy Springs City Council during a special called meeting on July 23, 2014.
July 9, 2014: C.H. Johnson Consulting gave a presentation to the Sandy Springs City Council during a special-called meeting workshop. The presentation covered findings from a Performing Arts Center Market Feasibility Study the firm conducted.
June 18, 2014: The City announced that it had selected Carter/Selig Enterprises as its proposed Master Developer partner for Phase I of City Center development. The announcement began a 90-day confirmation period in which the Master Plan and project programming requirements will be outlined in more finalized detail.
You can read about earlier project developments on the Project History page.
Master Plan Goals
- Create a unique, vibrant, walkable City Center rich in amenities desired by the community, such as commercial retail, recreational and cultural facilities.
- Catalyze significant market-driven private investment in walkable, mixed-use redevelopment that introduces substantial new dining, amenity retail, and entertainment options. This will both achieve City Center development goals and strengthen the district’s ability to support Sandy Springs’ fiscal goals.
- Create an appropriate setting for a new civic/cultural center than functions as a place of community activity and identity.
- Create a comprehensive infrastructure to support City Center, which would include: walkable streets, stormwater, traffic flow, transit services, bicycling facilities, parking, utilities and signage.
- Introduce a green space network that accommodates a variety of activities, draws activity from new development, and ties together city Center, Sandy Springs’ established neighborhoods and existing open spaces.