Sandy Springs paying $1.1M for road widening houses

Sandy Springs is paying $540,000 for this house and its 0.8-acre lot at 630 Hammond Drive for a future widening of the street. GOOGLE MAPS
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Sandy Springs is paying $540,000 for this house and its 0.8-acre lot at 630 Hammond Drive for a future widening of the street. GOOGLE MAPS

The Sandy Springs City Council has approved spending $1.1 million total to buy two single-family homes on Hammond Drive, the 14th and 15th properties the city has acquired for the future widening of the street.

The city agreed to pay $560,000 to LDA Hammond LLC for a residence and its 1-acre lot at 564 Hammond; and $540,000 to David L. Blackburn for a house and 0.8 acres at 630 Hammond, according to staff reports to the council.

Hammond is a heavily trafficked, two-lane road connecting Sandy Springs and Dunwoody. It has houses on both sides of the street. The city plans to turn Hammond into a four-lane divided thoroughfare with sidewalks and bicycle lanes.

Some of the dwellings it has acquired for the project have been rented to public safety employees, who will occupy them until construction begins.