Farmers’ Market in Sandy Springs?

Have you ever wondered what’s going to happen to the abandoned Target building at the corner of Johnson Ferry and Sandy Springs Circle in Sandy Springs? The City of Sandy Springs purchased the building in 2008. Rumor has it that it would be home to the city’s government offices. Although those plans have not been acted upon, the city does have an idea for the parking lot…a community farmers’ market.

In late January, Mayor Eva Galambos encouraged progress on a proposal to make an open air farmer’s market in the parking lot of the old Target site. “We all have a vision of downtown that serves as a community gathering place,” Councilman Chip Collins from District 3 said. “The demand is there.” Plans would allow for vegetables, fruits, flowers and crafts to be sold on Saturday mornings from March to December. Jeffrey Lang and Andrew Bauman, Sandy Springs residents, would be the developers responsible for the farmers’ market. 

The city would not allow the farmers’ market to use the abandoned Target building. District 2 Councilwoman, Diane Fries, said the city would not allow use of the building for vendors or customers. The cost of electricity and plumbing would be too great for the city. “I have no interest in letting them use the interior,” she said. “The utilities are so high.”

Although a Sandy Springs farmers’ market is not definite, it looks like plans will be finalized very soon. I’ll keep you updated!