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In Sandy Springs, MARTA is a Development Magnet

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The decade-old city has embraced its transit options and appears to be reaping the economic benefits

Monday brought news of not just one or two, but three mixed-use developments adjacent to MARTA stations in Sandy Springs, highlighting the seemingly unbridled growth in the decade-old city. If required rezoning comes through for all three projects, the city could soon see more than 700 new multi-family residential units, 300,000 square feet of office space, two hotels, and a slew of retail and restaurant space to the area. (Here's hoping all those new Sandy Springs dwellers would actually take MARTA).

And now for a breakdown:

The first project, located just across Peachtree-Dunwoody Road from the North Springs MARTA Station, would fill a 10-acre lot in an area dominated by single-family homes with a mixed-use development featuring a five-story office building, a six-story apartment building, and retail space, according to Reporter Newspapers. Tied up in a lawsuit for years due to a previous proposal for three 14-, 12-, and 10-story towers, the land has sat vacant for more than a decade. To respond to neighborhood concerns, Trammell Crow Residential will provide a two-acre easement in the form of a park — which will be open to residents only — between the development and neighbors, as well as provide each with $7,500 to add landscape screening should they so choose. Construction is expected to start next month and be complete some time in late 2017 or early 2018.

Farther south, the second project would bring a boutique hotel, 270 "high-end apartments," and 24,500 square feet of retail and restaurant space to the Concourse along Peachtree-Dunwoody Road just south of Hammond. The development is planned to be the latest addition to the massive complex most know for the King and Queen towers. It could lend a more urban feel to the main north-south street in the area.

Finally, if approved, the biggest new addition to the Peachtree-Dunwoody corridor in Sandy Springs could be the Cooper Carry-designed addition at Peachtree Dunwoody Pavillion. Immediately north of Medical Center MARTA station, the new development could bring a 170-room hotel, retail, and restaurant space to the edge of the site. Deeper into the 20-acre development, plans call for a 5-story multi-family housing building with 250 units and an 8-story office building atop three floors of parking. From drawings, it appears as though the office building could have a direct link to the MARTA station, like the under-construction State Farm office tower at nearby Dunwoody Station.

These three latest proposals join a host of ambitious projects proposed in Sandy Springs, including the recently floated five-tower development adjacent to Sandy Springs MARTA station. While it's unlikely all the proposals will be realized, the growth in the Perimeter Center area is nothing short of astounding.

Sandy Springs seems to have found its stride in embracing transit, experiencing a major development boom around its MARTA stations in the last few years. For those municipalities who don't see the benefit of MARTA service, the latest round of announcements helps solidify the notion that MARTA drives growth. But for the sake of those with foresight, maybe it's best that just stays a secret.

Concourse One

1 Concourse Pkwy, Sandy Springs, GA 30328

MARTA - North Springs Station

7010 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd, Sandy Springs, GA 30328 (404) 848-5000