Sandy Springs creating new $750K emergency ops center at City Springs

The AJC takes you on a tour of Sandy Springs' $229 million government and performing arts center.

City Springs was built to define teenage Sandy Springs' identity.

Recently, the City Council approved $750,000 to build a new emergency operations center in City Springs, joining city hall in the new $229 million development, said city spokeswoman Sharon Kraun.

The emergency operations center is the site where officials from various agencies hunker down during events like a hurricane or a HazMat spill, closely communicating about how to best respond.

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The EOC is currently housed in the Chattahoochee River 911 Authority, or ChattComm, which was created in 2009 to serve Sandy Springs and Johns Creek to handle day-to-day emergency operations.

The retail, government offices and performing arts spaces of City Springs sit along Roswell Road, but their official addresses are on 1 Galambos Way — named for the first mayor and longtime force for creating the city in 2005, the late Eva Galambos.

The effort by Galambos 13 years ago proceeded many cities incorporating: Brookhaven, Chattahoochee Hills, Dunwoody, Johns Creek, Milton and Peachtree Corners.

Officials cut the ribbon on the new city hall at City Springs in May.

The city expects the new emergency operations center to open in the first three months of 2019 on the fourth floor of city hall and is set to include a new video board.

This is a sketch of the new Sandy Springs emergency operations center set to open inside City Springs. (Sandy Springs Government)

Credit: Sandy Springs Government

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Credit: Sandy Springs Government

Records show that the city did an assessment in November 2017 to see what it needed to relocate its EOC. Officials toured the facilities for Cobb and Gwinnett counties along with the city of Atlanta.

“An EOC brings together the departments and people needed to oversee necessary operations, so it is a command center we are able to utilize on an ongoing basis,” Kraun said. “Currently, we utilize space allocated at ChatComm, but the move will provide added space and enable us to better configure the area to meet the needs of our community.”

In June 2018, Sandy Springs City Council members approved the $750,000 to come out of the fiscal year 2019 budget, records show.

If you'd like to read more about the construction of the EOC, you can do so here.

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