City officials are hoping that one day Sandy Springs will indeed become a college town. Now, when we say “college town” we are not referring to places like Athens, GA where the whole city revolves around one of the state’s largest universities. No, in Sandy Springs’ case, the city will welcome a satellite campus for Gwinnett Technical College. In a public town meeting held on January 18, 2011, Mayor Eva Galambos and other city officials approved a proposal to bid for the new campus with a 4 – 3 vote. It was a close call, but after the heated debate, Sandy Springs is officially in competition with Alpharetta and Roswell to become the new location of a Gwinnett Tech campus.
It will be a while before we find out which city is chosen, but the addition of a college campus could mean great things for the local economy. It would bring more jobs to the area as well as a myriad of daily consumers. Sandy Springs is offering land at the North Springs MARTA station for the campus.
However, despite the economic boost a college campus would give to Sandy Springs, many residents are adamantly opposed to the idea. There is concern about traffic problems as well as the destruction of a beautiful piece of property.
No matter your opinion of the situation, Sandy Springs is submitting a proposal for the tech campus. If Gwinnett Tech does choose Sandy Springs as the site for their new campus, it will mean big changes for the city (both good and bad).
For more information about the proposal, check out this article from the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
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