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Housing Numbers Halved at Sandy Springs' Mercedes-Benz Site

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The proposed Ashton Woods development at Glenridge Drive and Abernathy Road in Sandy Springs, slated to rise adjacent to the Mercedes-Benz campus, has been approved by the city's Planning Commission. But rather than the 399 apartments originally proposed — as part of more than 1,000 total housing units — the commission green-lighted 199, according to Reporter Newspapers. The verdict left both sides unhappy, with local residents concerned that added traffic impact has not been sufficiently addressed and a lawyer for Ashton Woods surmising that 199 units may not even be feasible.

Formerly the home of historic Glenridge Hall, the 75 densely wooded acres are to be transformed into a 12-acre corporate campus, 33 acres of housing and 30 acres of natural preserves and green space. Internationally renowned design firm DPZ is on board for the planning of the development, even as lawyers fight to sort out exactly what will be developed.

Despite the legal wrangling surrounding the residential component, both sides are (obviously) in support of the construction of Mercedes-Benz North American headquarters, increasing the concentration of corporate power in the burgeoning Abernathy-Glenridge area of Sandy Springs.

· Sandy Springs Planning Commission approves Mercedes-Benz USA headquarters plan — with fewer apartments [Reporter Newspapers]
· English Village to Rise on Site of Dying Dead Glenridge Hall [Curbed Atlanta]