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Photos: Touring Sandy Springs’s new downtown as it readies for debut

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Vision calls for City Springs district to be new civic, cultural “heartbeat” for this growing Perimeter hub

Under-construction City Springs on a recent morning.
Under-construction City Springs on a recent morning.
Photos: Jonathan Phillips, Curbed Atlanta

Sandy Springs famously went the sovereign route in 2005 and now ranks as the second largest city in metro Atlanta, but this growing Perimeter hub has long lacked a centralized core.

This summer, that should change.

Construction is entering the home stretch on the City Springs district, which is envisioned as a made-from-scratch civic and cultural nucleus for this city of about 100,000.

Ground broke at the 14-acre site in summer 2015, and officials say the Rosser International-designed project being built as a team effort by Carter and Selig Enterprises will debut this summer.

Expect a new City Hall, performing arts center, 4-acre greenspace, restaurants, shops, hundreds of residences, and a 900-space underground parking garage, located just north of where Roswell Road crosses Interstate 285.

With construction nearly finished, public tours have been discontinued. But for this installment of Visual Journeys, we were invited inside recently to gauge the pulse of Sandy Springs’s new “heartbeat.”

The corner of City Springs at Mt. Vernon Highway starts with the residential component, Aston at City Springs. Rents for apartments and townhomes range from $1,300 to nearly $3,900.
Photos: Jonathan Phillips, Curbed Atlanta
The 900-space underground parking garage at City Springs.
The far corner of City Springs is known as Market Square.
Market Square will sport large fountains and house the commercial section of City Springs with restaurants and shops.
The Performing Arts Center inside City Springs will hold two theaters, multiple smaller spaces, and numerous kitchens.
Byers Theatre inside the performing arts center side of City Springs.
The Studio Theatre in the PAC side of City Springs will host small to medium events and city council meetings.
The grand staircase leading up to the main entrance into City Hall from Johnson Ferry Road.
The main entrance into City Hall from the street side of City Springs.
This space will hold the community development offices inside City Hall.

The conference level inside City Hall will have convertible rooms to house events or meetings of various sizes.
The City View Terrace on the third floor of City Hall can host outdoor events while overlooking the parks area.
The greenspace at City Springs was still being worked on a couple of weeks ago while the residential section is close to completion.
The City Green, with Sandy Springs City Hall offices beyond.
City Springs
The performing arts center.
City Springs