Roundtable moderated by Randall Shearin, introduction by John Nelson
Sandy Springs is Atlanta’s second-largest suburb with roughly 105,000 residents and a day time population of 200,000. The city is home to several top-flight businesses, including Mercedes-Benz USA, which has broken ground on its 12-acre corporate headquarters along Abernathy Road.
Since its incorporation in 2005, Sandy Springs has hoped to leverage its location between Atlanta’s largest corporate nodes – Buckhead and Central Perimeter – into a destination unto itself. In 2012, the Sandy Springs City Council adopted a master plan to develop the city’s downtown area and create a true city center, which Sandy Springs has never had. Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul recently told Southeast Real Estate Business that the evolution of Sandy Springs was inevitable due to its location and corporate culture. “As the geographic and economic center of the metro area shifted northward, Sandy Springs became a prime spot within this new core,” said Paul. “And as major corporations locate here, both residential and retail development is a natural outcome.”