Sandy Springs State of the City Address targets downtown development

March 10, 2013 by  

The most recent State of the City Address by Mayor Eva Galambos focused on the development of downtown Sandy Springs, with a clear declaration to attract new businesses to the area.

Mayor Galambos started proceedings with a discussion about how last year was an exercise in identifying desirable organizations for the city to work with. She spoke of how the Economic Advisory Committee was charged with brainstorming to present ideas and suggestions for further debate.

Looking at many areas of concern for existing businesses and residents, it is hoped the process will deliver an attractive list. Suggestions from wider communities would also be welcomed.

The Committee also looked at specific areas in the downtown area that would be advertised as a priority. Presently, vacant spaces, as well as the regeneration of older areas, are to get pushed ahead of other opportunities.

In keeping with this sentiment, Mayor Galambos spoke about the city’s ongoing work to acquire one site encompassing the area of Sandy Springs Circle to Roswell Road, and another site from Johnson Ferry Road to Mount Vernon. While public regeneration of both areas is not being ruled out, the primary plan is for development to be done privately.

Exactly what methods are to be implemented to attract interest were not disclosed, but advertising through all mediums, from the Internet to poster and banner printing, will likely be used.

The State of the City Address at the Westin Perimeter Atlanta North Hotel was given on Monday, February 25.