Sandy Springs to purchase former Target site

The Sandy Springs City Council approved $8 million purchase the 8-acre former Target site on the corner of Johnson Ferry Road and Sandy Springs Circle last month. It seems that Sandy Springs residents are in odds over this purchase.

Can a city incorporated a little over three years ago, go from being conservative and cautious in their spending to purchasing a property for the future?

The sale is due to close next week on December 16th.The purchase does not include the adjacent Goodwill store or property, which is connected to the Target building.

“This will not take any funds from any of our programs that provide local services to the community. … They will move forward,” Mayor Eva Galambos said at the council meeting.

Dist. 1 Councilman Doug MacGinnitie said projects that should take priority over a new City Hall include rebuilding Hammond Park, repaving streets, building sidewalks, making intersection and traffic improvements, improving parks and neighborhoods, and fixing the city’s stormwater system.

But ultimately this may have been an opportunity that Sandy Springs could not pass up. With property values lagging, there is no better time to buy.

It’s not easy to find 8 acres available in the center of Sandy Springs and this could be the first step towards revitalization of Sandy Springs and the creation of a new city center. Whether this will be used for a new police department or a new City Hall, is uncertain at this time.

But it is clear that if Sandy Springs wants to create a central identity for this young city, future purchases will be needed to assemble the land necessary to bring this to fruition. Now that this purchase is nearing completion, the next few months should bring more clarity on the vision for Sandy Springs future development.

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