Sandy Springs residents will be able to enjoy the Abernathy Greenway Park by spring 2014 after the city council unanimously approved (5-0) a $3.2 million bid with Johnson Landscape to execute the park’s fourth phase of construction. District 1 Councilman John Paulson was absent.
The fourth phase of the park project includes site clearing and grading, landscaping and irrigation, installation of walls and columns, sidewalks and lighting, parking area construction, storm drainage improvements and tree protection and erosion control measures.
It will include construction of restrooms, as well, according to Garrin Coleman, director of public works.
The funds for the project will come from the city’s capital budget.
Phase 4 of construction of the park is expected to take 270 days, or about nine months, according to city spokesperson Sharon Kraun.
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In other news, the city also voted for a resolution supporting the disposition of the Belle Isle Apartments by the Housing Authority of Fulton County. After the housing authority submits the application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, it will take about six months for approval, at which point the building will be sold at fair market value and tenants will be moved or given vouchers for housing, according to Teresa Davis, chief mortgage finance officer.
Davis said there are nine units in the building, which is more than 60 years old.
Also, the city is expected to vote on the reapportionment of council districts at its March 19 and April 2 meeting to be in accordance with Georgia law.
“Following the 2010 Census, we have an obligation to come in and ensure the voting strength has not changed with those numbers,” said Cecil McLendon, assistant city attorney. “We need to review our districts and make sure it is one vote per one person.”
McLendon said the changes were minor and affected Districts 5 and 6. District 4 Councilman Gabriel Sterling said District 3 was slightly affected, as well.
There is also an even slighter change in Districts 1 and 2.
District 5 currently extends north to Mount Vernon Highway where District 4 ends. However, in the proposed districts map, District 5 will stop at Hammond Drive and District 3 will extend east to pick up the area between Hammond and Mount Vernon.
District 6 will now cover some areas east of Roswell Road in the southern part of the city that were previously included in District 5.
The city must vote on the resolution twice before the districts are changed.