An artist’s rendering of the City Springs project shows some of the greenspace on the property.
When the city of Sandy Springs incorporated just over 12 years ago, the city lacked a traditional component of most cities – the town square.
City leaders took that challenge as an opportunity to craft its downtown from scratch, transforming a centrally located strip mall with a huge asphalt parking lot into a 21st-century town square.
May 7 at 9 a.m., the mayor and city council members will cut the ribbon to officially open the Sandy Springs City Hall, located at City Springs, 1 Galambos Way. The community is invited to join in the ceremony which will be followed with a morning reception and guided tours of the facility’s new meeting spaces.
“It took a community to turn the dream of becoming a city into reality, and we are excited to share this milestone with the many who make Sandy Springs home. This is their community gathering place and a place where we will all work together to keep Sandy Springs a great place to live, work and enjoy,” Mayor Rusty Paul said in a news release.
The new City Hall building will house city management and mayor and council offices as well as general city services such as public works, planning and zoning, code enforcement, finance and revenue and recreation and parks. The building will also be home to a variety of meeting spaces designed for community gathering.
The main lobby features several breakout meeting spaces. The third-floor conference level includes six separate areas which can be configured to serve a variety of meetings and events. The Studio Theatre will be home for council meetings, the first to take place May 15 beginning at 6 p.m.
“A 21st-century town square must incorporate history, give the city heart, look to the future and involve the community. With City Springs, we’ve done that. City Springs is representative of the vision and tenacity of Eva Galambos, our founding mayor, coupled with the vision and dreams of the people of our community,” Paul said.
Tours of the public spaces and meeting areas will be offered, but will be limited because the conference center and performing arts center are still under construction. The event will be held on the park side of the building, and the public is encouraged to use the underground parking decks.