Southeast Real Estate Business

OCT 2016

Southeast Real Estate Business magazine covers the multifamily, retail, office, healthcare, industrial and hospitality sectors in the Southeast United States.

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48 • October 2016 • Southeast Real Estate Business with Eva Galambos. Residents of San- dy Springs knew what they wanted. I retired from Georgia DOT and had not considered continuing a career in another government position, but once this position became available four years ago I wanted to be a part of this well organized and visionary city that was unique with its public- private partnership model. In 2012 we met for more than eight months with the community and stakeholders and asking what they wanted. The City Center is primar- ily I-285 North up to the north end of Sandy Springs Circle. A lot of in- put was given in developing our City Center master plan. It was adopted by the Sandy Springs City Council in 2012. We work with developers on their projects to implement the fundamen- tal principles of what we want in that area — the characteristics, public squares, etc. We asked if the commu- nity wants the City of Sandy Springs to have a government building, and they said yes as well as the other com- ponents in the city Springs project. We will have a 1,000-seat performing arts center, government building, studio theater that will act as the chambers for the City Council, green space with a water feature and the residential and retail components. We're creating a new grid as part of the overall development. Cadranel: Bryant, what's the office component of City Springs? How much is municipal versus commercial office? Poole: When we did our govern- ment building, there were initial dis- cussions about the project being a multi-use building with private busi- nesses, but as the project's vision came into focus the building is now strictly government office space. There's a lot of meeting spaces for different organi- zations and clubs to gather for meet- ings. There's an open rooftop terrace that will be a wonderful amenity. The park is roughly four acres of green space and we want this place to stay energized year-round. Spectra is man- aging the green space component, and we hope to select a general manager for the performing arts center. Hagley: The civic office building is about 100,000 square feet. One of the key points in the City Springs project is the city built in flexibility into the project. We didn't design the parking for maximum visitor count. The city designed the parking to accommodate various people count. You can proba- bly pack 2,000 people into this facility. The city didn't want to have a facility that felt dark or unoccupied if there are only 100 to 500 people there at a function. There's close to 900 parking spaces underground, with another 150 or so parking spaces within the street grid. There's flexibility on the south side of Mount Vernon with po- tentially more parking. The days of having seas of parking lots on Roswell Road are coming to an end. There's going to be more street frontage retail, but it will be coupled with walkability and structured park- ing. We all know there's a lot of topog- raphy in Sandy Springs, but the city is lowering intersections and raising other intersections to balance out and create more walkability between Heri- tage Green and City Springs. Chitty: From a mixed-use stand- point, having the retail as part of the government center building and to be able to vertically integrate that was very challenging. A lot of thought went into it, how do you work with security to handle the different oper- ating hours and so forth. We spent a lot of time going through that and we came up with something that's going 404.869.2800 | | 800 Mount Vernon Highway NE | Suite 410 | Atlanta | GA | 30328 For The Plaza Leasing Information: Mariah Klein - Genesis Real Estate Advisers, LLC | 404.869.7117 | Luxury Living, Dining & Shopping In the heart of downtown Sandy Springs, one block north of I-285 along Roswell Road and Cliftwood Drive Opening Summer 2017 The Plaza At City Springs The Cliftwood Luxury Apartment Homes A Development of Arris Realty Partners Poole points out the location of each of the major developments underway in Sandy Springs. The projects range from a single-family development to a civic office building. Oz Friedmann of Mill Creek Residential, center, speaks about his company's newest development, Modera Sandy Springs.

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