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 second community meeting involving the plans Holy Spirit Catholic Church and Holy Spirit Preparatory School have for expanding their joint campus has been postponed.

Scheduled for June 6 from 6 to 8 p.m., the meeting was to take place 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.

In a June 5 email to the school’s parents, staff and supporters, Head of School Kyle Pietrantonio wrote the meeting was postponed due to the city’s request for a full hydrology study on its plans.

“We already have a preliminary hydrology study, which is what we were told is normally expected at this point in the process,” he wrote. “The new request comes as a surprise, and we cannot reasonably fulfill the request before our community meeting tomorrow night. Consequently, the meeting scheduled for tomorrow evening, June 6, has to be postponed.”

Also, the school posted a brief message about the postponement on its webpage devoted to the master plan. Pietrantonio wrote that a new meeting date will be announced as soon as it’s selected.

When asked why the second meeting was postponed, Dan Coffer, a Sandy Springs spokesman, said, “Based on a review of the application and community feedback from the first community meeting on April 24, 2019, the city requested further stormwater management and hydrology information from the applicant to evaluate the impacts. As a result, the second community meeting was postponed.”

Regarding their plan, the church and school are requesting conditional-use permits to allow for it 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.


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