Epstein School Cancels Plans for Expansion

The private Epstein School has canceled its plans to expand its campus into a surrounding Sandy Springs neighborhood.

Although residents protested the expansion, the school had planned to move forward with the expansion however a sour economy and poor fund-raising effors has forced the Jewish day school to withdraw its application.

Last summer, school officials sought city permission to expand the school from 650 students to 850 and to expand its campus to include a theater and an early childhood education building.

The campus on Colewood Way would have grown by 4 acres to 15 acres. The project would have required the demolition of several single-family homes, a prospect that angered many long-time residents. Several hundred residents packed public meetings on the project.

As a condition for its acquisition of what had been a public school, Epstein in 1994 agreed to hold its enrollment to 650. Several neighbors said they felt betrayed by the push for growth.

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