Sandy Springs Delays Decision On Impact Fees

The developers of the mixed-use development The Prado and the hotel Grand Bohemian Atlanta are asking the City of Sandy Springs to recalculate the impact fees it adopted on Feb. 19, 2008 to fund capital improvements in parks and recreation, public safety, and transportation.

Impact fees are charged at the time of issuance of any building permit. The ordinance also allows developers to deduct credits from those fees for system improvements they made.

Sembler Co. is redeveloping The Pradoat 5600 Roswell Road.  The City assessed $471,000 in impact fees for the development.  Sembler Co. claims it should only have to pay a net impact fee of $227,000.

Kessler Enterprises is developing the Grand Bohemian Atlanta hotel at 115 Abernathy Road.  The City assessed $119,000 in impact fees for the development.  Kessler Enterprises claims it should only have to pay a net impact fee of $45,000.

Sembler Co. and Kessler Enterprises both appealed the City’s assessments.  By a vote of 6-0 the City Council voted to defer a decision on the appeals and the recalculation of the impact fees until April 21.

Attorney Ted Sandlerof Vinings-based law firm Hartman, Simons, Spielman and Wood represents Sembler Co. in its appeal from the impact fee assessment.  Attorney Joseph Foltzof Alpharetta-based Foltz Martin LLC represents Kessler Enterprises in its appeal.

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