Sandy Springs during its Aug. 6 meeting may approve the purchase of the Waffle House on Mount Vernon Highway and the old Mellow Mushroom building on Roswell Road.

Both property purchases are on the agenda and will put the city closer to its goal of redeveloping its city center, located north of the intersection of Roswell Road and I-285.

The city has entered into an agreement to buy the Waffle House for $1.15 million and the old Mellow Mushroom for $400,000.

Also on the agenda is a proposed package of tax breaks for CH2M HILL, the company that formerly held the contract for most of the city’s services. In 2011, the city split the contract into five major contracts, a move that saved the city $7 million annually. Sandy Springs is noted nation-wide for its public-private partnership model that outsources most city services to private contractors.

The city determined CH2M HILL is making a $2 million capital investment in the city by consolidating its Atlanta offices into one building at 6600 Peachtree Dunwoody Road. The company would employ 445 people.

As part of the incentives deal, the city would waive permit fees and occupational taxes worth $120,000.

The Aug. 6 meeting begins at 6 p.m. and will be held at Council Chambers at Sandy Springs City Hall, 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500.

To see the city council’s full agenda, click here.

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