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Our Proposed Campus Plan

Since establishing the Upper School in 2004, Holy Spirit Prep has partnered with our neighbors to preserve the tranquility and beauty of our neighborhood. As we endeavor to unite our separate neighborhood campuses and improve current traffic and parking issues, we remain as committed as ever to the preservation of our neighborhood.

We are proud to share our master campus plan with our friends, family, and neighbors.

Proposed School Improvements

In collaboration with Holy Spirit Catholic Church, the Holy Spirit Prep community seeks to consolidate its two neighborhood campuses onto one site, and improve current traffic and parking challenges. The school plans the following investments on thirteen acres of undeveloped property in the City of Sandy Springs:

Consolidating Two Campuses
The Lower School is currently located 1.5 miles away in aging facilities on Long Island Drive. The new proposed Lower School site adjacent to the Upper School includes an outdoor playfield and two buildings housing HSP's Pre-K4-7th grade programs.

On-Campus Parking
A two-story parking deck with 230 additional spaces, eliminating overflow parking on neighboring streets.

Managing Traffic
A two-lane roadway from Mount Paran to the parking deck and Lower School, designed to mitigate the impact of additional vehicles coming to our campus. Combined with a carpool plan that employs the parking deck, 128 vehicles can queue on the proposed campus alone without disrupting traffic at the intersection of Mount Paran Road and Northside. Additional queuing is possible on the Upper School campus. 

Listening to our Neighbors

Beginning with our October 2018 public meeting, we have sought the feedback and input of our neighbors on our proposed site plan. Since that meeting, we amended our site plans based on community feedback, reducing the amount of development on the property and preserving more wooded acreage. 

The current site plan: 

  • reduces the footprint of the proposed structures by approximately 50,000 square feet, or a little over 1 acre;
  • replaces two parish facilities (SS7 and SS5 in the original plan, a combined 70,000 square feet) with one smaller, 7,000 square foot building (amended plan, SS6), reducing trees lost to construction and creating a wider buffer for water flow and drainage through the site;
  • places the proposed playfield (original plan, SS8) on the roof of the parking deck (amended plan, SS6), reducing trees lost to construction and creating a wider buffer for water flow and drainage through the site.

Frequently Asked Questions

We'll post additional questions as we receive them. If you don't see your question answered here, please call us at 678.904.2811, or email us at campusplan@holyspiritprep.org

How will this impact traffic on Mount Paran Road and Northside Drive?

Ensuring we don't negatively impact traffic has been one of our top concerns throughout the development of our campus plan. From an early stage, we engaged traffic experts to help us mitigate the impact of additional vehicles coming to our campus.

Three features of our plan help mitigate traffic at our intersection:

  1. A new roadway and parking deck that can be used as a staging area for carpool. 175 cars can queue on the proposed campus (our current Lower School carpool only sees about 110 cars).
  2. Combining campuses eliminates vehicle trips for 60-70 families who are currently dropping students off at two campuses in our neighborhood.
  3. Additional parking on campus eliminates overflow parking on neighboring streets.


See a comprehensive list of traffic-mitigating features of our plan

Will you increase enrollment?

Our current assessment of our land use, facilities, and teacher-to-student ratio optimally places our maximum enrollment at about 750 students. We are a small school by design: we believe an intimate environment benefits students, and we intend to remain a small school.

How will this impact our tree canopy?

Holy Spirit Prep and Holy Spirit Catholic Church value our tree canopy and forest ecology, which provides us shaded walking, prayer, and cross country trails, and maintains a character consistent with the residential quality of our neighborhood. We have retained a certified arborist and forester to advise us on the conservation of our wooded acreage during site development. 
 
The City of Sandy Springs requires that commercial sites must maintain a minimum tree density of 40%/acre – residential sites only require 35% density. We project that we will maintain a tree density above 40%, and plan to plant additional trees after the construction of new facilities. The proposed site contains a creek buffer – shown in blue in the site plan below – an area protected from development. All trees in this space will be preserved.
 

In addition, the site plan shows a sixty-foot-wide buffer along the perimeter of the property, noted by red dashes. Trees in this space will be preserved and, if construction requires their removal, will be replanted. A reforestation plan for the rest of the site is in development.

After a survey of our forests identifying native plant species, The Georgia Native Plant Society has begun relocating native plants to undeveloped areas on the property. 

An additional survey of healthy, dead, diseased, and hazardous trees is ongoing. At this stage in development, we have the flexibility to adjust the footprints of our buildings to preserve any specimen or landmark trees in good condition.

If approved, what is the timeline for construction?

The parking deck is an immediate priority for the parish, and would ideally be constructed over the next 1-2 years. A timeline for construction of the proposed Lower School campus is contingent on the successful sale of the school's campus at Long Island Drive, but is a high priority for Holy Spirit Prep.

Will new construction alter the residential quality of our neighborhood?

Our neighborhood is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the city! We're committed to maintaining that quality. Our property sits on the site of a former quarry, forming a bowl in the neighborhood that drops steeply down from street level. Our existing campus isn't visible from street level on Mount Paran Road, and, combined with a proposed 60-foot buffer of existing trees and landscaping, our proposed development won't be visible either.

Does the campus plan include field lights?

No. There are no plans for a lighted athletic field, only a playfield for daytime use by the students. Our Upper School campus in its current form demonstrates that our approach to nighttime lighting is conservative, in keeping with the character of the neighborhood.

If your question isn't answered here, please reach out to us:

Phone
678.904.2811

Email
campusplan@holyspiritprep.org.

An Open Letter from Head of School Kyle Pietrantonio
originally published in the May 8 issue of the Northside Neighbor

Upcoming Community Meetings

6:00pm at City Springs
1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs, GA 30328


Wednesday, June 5
2nd community meeting; rescheduled by the City of Sandy Springs from Monday, June 3

Tuesday, July 23
Hosted by the Sandy Springs Planning Commission

Tuesday, August 20
Hosted by the Sandy Springs City Council

Past Meetings
We've met with key neighborhood leaders from the start of developing our campus plan. On Tuesday, October 30, 2018, we met with neighbors in a community meeting to present our plan and receive feedback and input regarding their interests and concerns, including traffic, trees, noise, and lights.


Based on their feedback, we amended our proposal and presented it at a public meeting on Wednesday, April 24, 2019
The City of Sandy Springs provides a petition for submitting comments regarding the campus plan. Voice your support for the plan at the link below.

Go to the petition form
use case numbers U19-0004 and U19-0005