Buckhead Residents Concerned about Future Traffic Problems of Proposed Mixed-Use Development

The members of two Buckhead neighborhood associations and two Sandy Springs neighborhood associations have partnered to voice concerns about a new mixed-use development proposal.

Buckhead and Sandy Springs neighborhood associations have joined forces to put a stop to the construction of a mixed-use development–including 700 new apartments and a seven-story parking deck– near the intersection of Roswell and Wieuca roads.

The new project would mean demolition of the current apartments already on the site and likely millions of dollars in road improvements to accomodate the increase in traffic for the new development, according to the Buckhead Reporter.

The Chastain Park and North Buckhead Civic associations in Buckhead and the Cherokee Park and High Point Civic associations in Sandy Springs have already launched complaints, according to the Reporter.

Since the project, proposed by JLB Partners and Core Property Capital, is considered a Development of Regional Impact, the Atlanta Regional Commission and the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority are issuing their recommendations on the project. GRTA is scheduled to publish their recommendations Friday, but Patch did not find them posted on their website.

GRTA's initial recommendations included: realignment of the intersection of Windsor Parkway with Roswell Road and the addition of a traffic circle at the intersection of West Wieuca and Lake Forrest Drive. Since the traffic circle is within Atlanta's city limits, Atlanta would need to pay for the construction of the circle.

Gordon Certain, president of the North Buckhead Civic Association, stated in an email that "it is not obvious where the circle would be located” since there are three private homes located on the corners of the intersection.

Sandy Springs Councilwoman Karen Meinzen McEnerny said the project is "way over the top" and wasn't the "balanced" gateway that residents desire, according to the article.

The project is set to go before the Sandy Springs Design Board at 9 a.m. on Jan. 8.

Chastain Neighbor December 01, 2012 at 01:36 PM
We are one of the 3 homes that would be touched by the proposed traffic circle at Lake Forrest & West Wieuca. We would NOT be in support of this development or increased traffic flow in our area since there have already been 4 pedestrians hit by motorists this fall along this corridor. City of Atlanta needs to address our traffic problems first before allowing Sandy Springs to add more to the mix!
JamesMichael December 02, 2012 at 07:37 PM
The JLB/Core proposal is sheer insanity, concocted by developers with a "vision" that excludes all but their bottom line. It must be stopped, dead, in its tracks.
Bryan December 11, 2012 at 09:23 PM
While this kind of has a Fuqua feel, it look more appropriate there than in the inner core of the city. Even still it looks pretty compact and looks to have limited surface "sea" parking. Even from the sketches most of the traffic will probably be at Roswell Rd and Hedden St. That is the main entrance so the fears of more traffic at Lake Forrest Dr and West Wieuca Rd and probably greatly over blown. Probably more because of the nice houses that are over there. Hey, welcome to city life AND living on a major street and not in some sub division. Development will come, especially denser urban development. I'd be glad when they get rid of the rest of that car focused development on that NW section of Roswell and W Wieuca. What's funny is that the ones that are complaining would probably be the ones walking to the street front business and enjoying the lifestyle AFTER it was built.


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