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Design Review Board considers ice rink
by Bobby Tedder
May 30, 2013 02:57 PM | 2172 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sandy Springs officials are still mulling the proposed construction of an ice rink.

Design Review Board members spoke favorably of the finished product — 5750 Roswell Road the target location — as part of a building permit review during their regular meeting Tuesday, but sent the developer back to do more tweaking in regards to landscaping and traffic flow plans.

Squire Inn Inc. is listed as the applicant on the permit, with Schrader Architects-Atlanta handling project oversight duties.

“We’ve submitted updated site plans and land plans that hopefully address the complaints of the zoning board,” said David Schrader of Schrader Architects.

Tackling those grievances included upgrading the building material to stucco, adding elevation to the structure’s south end and parking refinement.

The board ordered the applicants to essentially get back to work on the aforementioned areas before returning in two weeks, with a landscape architect in tow.

“The landscaping was the key part of our prior approvals. … We gave you everything you wanted,” board member Andy Porter told Schrader. “It’s an ice rink, which is [something we want], but … we want to say you’ve done your job by presenting something we can count on looking great for the next 10 years.”

The proposed ice rink would host, among other activities, a youth hockey league.

The venue’s potential attraction to teenagers old enough to drive reinforced the urgency to reexamine traffic flow plans, board member Cathy Ealick-Anderson said.

“We have to [take another look at] what the traffic is going to be like, especially when you think about teenagers driving around there with less experience,” Ealick-Anderson said.

In other zoning news, the Sandy Springs Planning Commission is set to examine the proposed JLB mixed-use development project designed to replace two aging apartment complexes on Roswell Road.

State and local officials have also begun scrutinizing conditions relevant to the project.

The Georgia Regional Transportation Agency, in its Development of Regional Impact Report, includes recommendations for improvements on Roswell Road at Windsor Parkway to improve traffic flow as well as enhance safety for motorists and pedestrians.

City staff is reviewing a number of possibilities regarding improvement options and funding needed for those improvements, said Sandy Springs spokeswoman Sharon Kraun.

Recommendations regarding the road alignment and infrastructure improvements are expected to be presented to the Sandy Springs City Council during its June 18 meeting.

Those road improvements will be conditioned upon the approval by council regarding changes of zoning in connection with the proposed JLB development, Kraun said.

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