042419_MNS_Holy_Spirit_plans_002 old and new Holy Spirit plan/maps

This diagram shows the original and amended master plans Holy Spirit Catholic Church and Holy Spirit Preparatory School created in September and April, respectively, and then filed with the city of Sandy Springs regarding its proposal to develop 13 acres of land next to the school and church.

The date has been set for the second community meeting regarding the plan Holy Spirit Catholic Church and Holy Spirit Preparatory School have for expanding their joint campus.

Originally set for June 3, it will take place June 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Sandy Springs City Hall at City Springs. The first community meeting was held April 24 at the school.

The church and school, whose joint campus is in the city of Atlanta’s Buckhead community, want to develop bordering 13 acres the Catholic Archdiocese owns in the city of Sandy Springs in an effort to merge the school’s upper and lower school campuses (the lower school is located nearby on Long Island Road in Sandy Springs) and to provide more parking and other facilities for the church.

The church and school are requesting conditional-use permits to allow for their 20-year master plan to move forward.

Residents living nearby have objected to the proposal, saying it would break the terms of an agreement the Northside/Chastain/Mount Paran Neighborhood Preservation Association Inc., made with the school in 2003 to set limits on the school’s enrollment and facilities. The residents said the expansion plan would also cause problems ranging from traffic to stormwater issues.

The church and school claim the agreement is no longer valid because the association dissolved in 2005.

According to the school’s website, the plan could go before Sandy Springs’ planning commission for approval as early as July 23 and then its city council Aug. 20.

City Springs is located at 1 Galambos Way in Sandy Springs. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2HKcysq or https://holyspiritprep.org/about/campusplan.


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