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Border development plan has two metro cities on the fence

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- A $55 million development in Sandy Springs was put on hold for 30 days, Thursday night, after residents in another town complained about the traffic gridlock it could bring to their way.

The apartments and office buildings are proposed right on the border of Sandy Springs and Brookhaven at Old Johnson Ferry Road.

Sandy Springs voted to take thirty days to look a little closer, not only at how this plan will affect their city, but how it will affect people in Brookhaven.

The proposed 305 unit mixed-use development is designed to be built in the already crowded Pill Hill area near Northside Hospital.

That idea brought two words to Brookhaven resident Constance Jones.

"Insanity traffic," she said.

"Doctors aren't even going to be able to get out to get to an emergency at the three hospitals," said Dr. Rochelle Cotliar.

"Brookhaven was really brought in at the tail end of this," said Zach Hornsby.

Developer Richard Munger, Vice President of Development for North American Properties, issued this statement:

We followed all proper procedures and started discussions with government officials and adjacent neighborhoods over two months ago. In the spirit of compromise and to show we will be great neighbors, we requested our case be deferred. The extra time will ensure our neighbors in Sandy Springs, as well as Brookhaven, are ready to move forward with this mixed-use development that will address housing needs within the Pill Hill medical community.

Brookhaven Mayor Rebecca Chase Williams has been asking for more time to sort out the details of the proposal.

"Thirty days is better than nothing so we are thrilled that the Sandy Springs Planning Commission decided to defer this case to give the neighbors and the hospital and the developer a chance to work out a better plan," she said.


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