Building the Heart of our Community
It took community leaders 35 years to persuade the General Assembly to create Georgia’s first new city since 1959. When Sandy Springs was finally incorporated in 2005, the intervening years saw the area transformed from a predominately rural area to the second most populous community in Metro Atlanta.
Unfortunately, that transformation occurred haphazardly around three distinct commercial districts – the Central Perimeter, Roswell Road and Powers Ferry – but with no discernible municipal core. In fact, when a city survey asked metro Atlanta residents to identify “downtown Sandy Springs,” a majority cited the iconic “King & Queen” buildings near the I-285/Ga. 400 intersection.
Clearly, Sandy Springs needed more than just downtown redevelopment. Since it didn’t have one, it needed to create a downtown. From the beginning, city leaders identified a parcel at Roswell Road and Mt. Vernon Highway as the ideal platform for a new city center. Occupying one of the highest ridgelines along the Piedmont Plateau’s urbanized sector, it offered superb vistas of both the North Georgia mountains and the City of Atlanta’s southward skyline. It also provided a 15-acre tract that the City could acquire to jumpstart creation of its downtown.
City officials also understood that publicly redeveloping a relatively compact 15-acre site would not, by itself, produce the downtown dream that most citizens had. Yet, they believed that the public initiative would prime the redevelopment pump, stimulating a wave of nearby private sector investment along Roswell Road. It worked.
The process is continuing and new ideas to extend the Roswell Road transformation are on the drawing boards. While the King and Queen buildings will remain Sandy Springs icons, once the planned Roswell Road projects reach fruition, metro residents will no longer be confused about where downtown Sandy Springs actually lies.
The term “springs” used in naming the project as well as district area resonates with the associated artwork, both a strong connection to the energy, resilience and excitement found in City Springs, the community’s neighborhood and heartbeat.
City Springs Development Area
The City Springs Development is designed to be the focal point of the City Springs District and act as catalyst for development throughout the District.