Sandy Springs Cracks Down On “Stick-Built” Apartments
SANDY SPRINGS, GA — The Sandy Springs City Council recently moved forward with changes to its building code that would, according to city staff, make apartment living much safer for residents.
The city’s changes would require any new building over three stories and exceeding 100,000 square feet be constructed with so-called “noncombustible materials” such as steel or concrete.
One small caveat: the city’s change has to be approved by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.
Once that change is enacted, the city can begin “final implementation,” Mayor Rusty Paul said on his Facebook page.
DCA has 60 days to review the city’s proposed changes, and can either decide in favor, recommend against or state no opinion on the revisions.
“This is a major change in the quality of construction requirements in Sandy Springs,” he added. “It was eight months in the making as I worked with council to get a final version acceptable to everyone.”
Paul added Fire Chief Keith Sanders stated the changes could have a positive impact on the city’s Insurance Service Office, or ISO, rating. In the end, Paul added, the change “will end virtually all stick built apartments – which is about 90 percent of the current inventory.”
That ISO rating, the city said Tuesday, has been lowered to a Class 2 ranking, a move that will most likely lead to savings on insurance premiums for homeowners throughout Sandy Springs.
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