This is a sketch of the proposed “Mayson House” hotel project in Sandy Springs. (Courtesy Hardy Group)
Photo: Hardy Group
Photo: Hardy Group

Developer pitches Sandy Springs hotel, beer garden by Mercedes-Benz HQ

A developer has filed paperwork with the city of Sandy Springs to build a hotel beer garden on a skinny strip of land across from the Mercedes-Benz USA headquarters.

The five-acre property at 700 Abernathy Road would hold a 242-room hotel, called “Mayson House” in paperwork dated earlier this month, along with a rooftop pool with 60 seats. The plans also indicate 6,800 square feet of conference and event space along with a restaurant that could seat 205 people and a rooftop bar of 120 seats. There would be about 160 parking spots, including valet.

Developers said the “biergarten” would be a smaller secondary building with 1,600 square feet of interior space including 72 seats, and also 52 exterior seats. Developers described the beer garden as “a casual neighborhood gathering place serving food and beverages.”

An administrator for the developer petitioning the city for zoning variances, Glenridge Green Partners/The Hardy Group, declined to be interviewed by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A representative of the architectural firm that sketched the plans, Cooper Carry, also declined an interview.

The hotel would be across from the $93 million complex that German luxury car company Mercedes-Benz opened in 2018 at Abernathy and Barfield roads off Ga. 400. The complex brought not only corporate clout to an area busy with construction, but the headquarters also brought 1,000 high-paying corporate jobs.

Aside from the paperwork that was recently filed, the only mention of the Mayson House development proposal is in an Oct. 15 letter from the assistant city manager to the interim city manger suggesting Sandy Springs apply for a grant to help funds its Marsh Creek Greenway trail project.

The letter said “acquisition of less than two acres of property from Park at Abernathy Square and the future Mayson House hotel site on the north side of Marsh Creek would be necessary based on the proposed trail alignment. The total appraised value of the land is $307,100.” The letter said the greenway project will include a 2,000-foot-long trail that is 12 feet wide and would feature gathering spots for “fishing, nature observation and environmental education.”

The city’s board of appeals is set to hear the hotel developer’s zoning request during the board’s Dec. 10 meeting at 6 p.m. inside the Sandy Springs City Hall, 1 Galambos Way.

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