Birch said the trial could delay the project by several years and cost a lot of money. Speaking of the Holy Ghost`s lawyer, Carl Westmoreland, Birch said, “Now Carl is a very good lawyer, and if he has to fish so hard for a reason of not enforcing the agreement, then the church is not in this good place.” Neil Johnson, a home builder who is also chairman of the school committee, said they were trying to negotiate with people “who don`t want to build anything.” Opponents say this is because the decades-long agreement prohibits any building. A plan to limit traffic damage for the planned expansion of the Buckhead campus by Holy Spirit Church and Preparatory School in Sandy Springs was expected in the week of January 14 to harass neighbors who say the project would violate a 15-year-old zoning agreement. “We`re trying to live up to the spirit of the agreement,” Hillman said. She added: “One day it will become unreasonable.” Some neighbours say that enlargement would be contrary to the 2003 agreement, but close school parents like Dan Hillman say, “For us, a school community to stay competitive… It`s time to update. The next step in overturning the agreement is “morally reprehensible,” said Stanley Birch, a resident who is also a retired federal appeals judge. “And here we are in a church, and we are talking about, “The agreement doesn`t matter because our reason is good.”” “We appreciate the openness and intend to be just as open when we have made a final decision on whether, in the end, we would pursue it through legal channels,” he wrote. “Of course, we would really like to conclude a new agreement based on our heritage as a very strong ecclesiastical and academic property for the region.” The responses clearly show that Holy Ghost officials believe that the old agreement does not limit the expansion plan and that they could “ultimately follow it through legal channels.” But officials also respect the neighborhood and want to “make a new deal.” Their Plan B provides that the extension of the church is initially planned for a 20-year campus master plan. Stephen Phillips of Northside/Chastain/Mt.
Paran Neighborhood Preservation Association (NPA) speaks on the podium of the legal agreement. Listening to the left are project architect Michael Boland, director Kyle Pietrantonio and NPA director Debbie Guerra. (John Ruch) Pietrantonio said the idea of increasing the number of parking spaces was a self-assessment of the school two years ago. He said he did not understand all the provisions of the 2003 agreement, when he became a principal about six years ago. He said he was having trouble finding a copy of the agreement when he resumed. Both sides have tried to use the technical details of this old agreement to their advantage – such as the Neighborhood Association, which forgets its annual state registration, and that the name of the school has changed from the one mentioned in the agreement. A massive marathon meeting on the controversial plan to expand the Catholic Church campus and preparatory school on April 24 was filled with difficult questions and hopes for compromise – all backed by mounting legal pressure from both sides. Some residents continue to say they could be brought to justice for a 15-year-old legal agreement that could block part of the project, while Holy Spirit revealed it was photographing 170 pro-agreement court panels for possible prosecution of opponents for “defamation.” The rules include a registration cap of 320 students – the enlargement would bring in nearly 750 students – and an agreement to “prohibit any future extension of the student population, never on this website or in related properties.” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution explains this strange agreement in an August 2003 article: “For example, if school officials allow something as good as the use of starting guns in railroad practices, residents could sue the school.