Sandy Springs OKs eminent domain actions for sidewalk project

The Sandy Springs City Council has approved eminent domain actions against five property owners on Spalding Drive with whom it has been unable to reach agreements on acquiring portions of their land for a sidewalk project.

The city is seeking fee simple title and easements on parts of 6010, 6020, 7300, 7700 and 7780 Spalding, according to staff reports to the council. The city has offered $239,100 total for the land.

The property owners have been either unresponsive or have countered with figures far higher than the city’s appraisals, City Attorney Daniel W. Lee told the council.

Lee said eminent domain proceedings will not begin for 30 days, and the city will try to negotiate agreements with the owners in the meantime. The city will have to act soon, however, if it’s to avoid delaying the letting of construction bids.

The properties include the Mansions senior citizens development, a Selig Enterprises shopping center, and a Firestone auto services center.