More water and more trees.
The final design for the Sandy Springs City Center plan has been tweaked to meet those major elements of public feedback, architects told members of Sandy Springs City Council this afternoon. The result is six fountains and scores of trees–including a rooftop greenspace–added to the complex, multi-use plan.
“I don’t know of anything we have done in the city where we have got more public input on,” said Mayor Rusty Paul, praising the architect and design team for processing comments from more than 1,000 residents. That’s roughly 1 percent of the city’s population.
The massive public-private City Center development targets the intersection of Roswell, Mount Vernon and Johnson Ferry roads for a new City Hall, apartments, commercial space and concert and theater halls. Over a year of planning has the various pieces in place, but the public recently weight in on the look and feel of the final product.
“The primary theme we heard from the public…is, it involves water and it involves shade,” said project architect George Bushey.
That informed the decision to put a rooftop greenspace, including trees, atop the Performing Arts Center complex, accessible to the public. A large park planned adjacent to Mount Vernon will have a wooded seating area and a “water wall” fountain feature. An “interactive fountain” spraying up from the ground for children to splash in goes elsewhere on the site.
The “Market Square” commercial mini-center planned on the Johnson Ferry side is shaped like an oval with a small park and fountain in the center.
At least 50 people turned out to the unveiling of the design at the 4 p.m. City Council meeting. Another meeting is slated for Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Heritage Sandy Springs, 6110 Blue Stone Road. Meanwhile, the full presentation–also including aesthetic changes to the apartment complex and the City Hall/PAC complex–is available here.
A groundbreaking could happen this summer, and the city hopes to have the complex in operation by 2018.