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Massive Proposal Squashes 'Suburban' Notion of Sandy Springs

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[All images by 1117 Sandy Springs LLC via ABC.]

This week a Korean developer known for major projects in Australia and New Zealand released information about a proposal for the burgeoning business district of Perimeter Center. And if In Shink Hong — the man behind the plan — has his way, it's gonna be huuuuuge. Renderings released by the Atlanta Business Chronicle show five high-rise towers on 13 acres adjacent to the Sandy Springs MARTA station, surrounding the existing hexagonal 1117 Perimeter Center building. While Sandy Springs recently passed an ordinance requiring that all development located near MARTA stations be between eight and 40 stories, or contain at least 75 residential units per acre, this proposal clearly goes above and beyond.

While fairly schematic in nature, the renderings seem to show two 40-story office towers, topped by pointy white crowns as well as three residential towers, which could conceivably have more than 40 floors. Additionally, there's an outdoor performance venue, at least three pools and lots of parking. What sets this development apart — beyond the ridiculous scale — is direct access into the Sandy Springs MARTA station, an amenity that's becoming increasingly desirable.

With the latest high-rise proposal for Sandy Springs, a quintfecta of tallness, it seems the city is taking aim at Atlanta's supremacy in the region. Once a suburban enclave, the decade-old municipality has seen nothing short of a dense explosion of development in the Perimeter Center area, which straddles the border with (also recently incorporated) Dunwoody. The 1117 Perimeter Center project joins a slew of others in the area, including the under-construction State Farm campus (which boasts direct MARTA access as well) and proposals for High Street, Abernathy 400, North Park 100 (once touted as the tallest suburban development in the country) and the Mercedes-Benz North America Headquarters.

At this rate, will Atlanta become a suburb of Sandy Springs?

· Ambitious, five-tower project planned for Sandy Springs [Atlanta Business Chronicle; subscriber]