Southeast Real Estate Business Publication

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.”