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Dazzled by dragons
Anna Grinshpon, 5, holds a paper dragon she made during
a Chinese New Year program and celebration at the Sandy
Springs Library on Jan. 19. More photos on page 23.
Johns Creek snub
city on radios
BY DAN WHISENHUNT
Sandy Springs officials are scrambling to recalculate what
local taxpayers will spend on a new public safety radio sys
tem after the city of Johns Creek balked at helping other cit
ies pay for it.
On Jan. 14, Johns Creek City Council voted unanimous
ly against signing an agreement with four other cities — Sandy
Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta and Milton — to spend $ 16 mil
lion to implement the new radios. Johns Creek questioned
the selection of the radio provider, Motorola Solutions, and
said the contract should’ve been competitively bid.
Sandy Springs City Manager John McDonough said the
city opted to use state contract pricing to select the compa
ny, and said the cities benefit financially from the states pur-
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Bi DAN WHISENHUNT
Two buyers of some choice Sandy Springs real estate say
the city’s recent adoption of a downtown master plan sweet
ened the deal for them.
Nicholas Telesca, president of Branch Properties, and top
officials with Regency Centers Corp. both endorsed the city’s
plan. Branch Properties bought the CityWalk property, ad
vertised for sale at $27.8 million, in November. Regency
Centers Corp. in December paid $35.3 million for the San
dy Springs Plaza.
Both properties will have a front row seat to the devel
opment of the city’s downtown redevelopment. CityWalk
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