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Family fights to preserve historic Sandy Springs cemetery

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A man whose ancestors were buried at a historic Sandy Springs cemetery came forward Tuesday after learning about a proposal to build a home on the property.

The cemetery is located on Heards Drive.

CBS Atlanta News spoke to Larry Specht, who made a special visit to his family cemetery to voice his concern.

"I didn't care for it, I didn't like it," Specht said.

Specht's great-grandparents were buried on the property and he called the proposal to develop a home there shocking.

"Well, any building at all is going to knock down the trees and the growth around here that's been here for years and years," Specht said.

Specht's great-grandfather was John Heard, a well-known judge in Fulton County, who reportedly deeded the 1-acre site as the Heard burying ground back in 1900. 

"I'd just like for it to be preserved and hopefully taken care of," Specht said.

CBS Atlanta News spoke with the owner of the property, Christopher Mills, but he did not want to comment because he is suing the city of Sandy Springs for not allowing him to build on the property. 

CBS Atlanta News also contacted Fulton County to find out why they auctioned off the property in the first place. 

A county representative said they were unaware that the property was a cemetery when it was auctioned off in 2007 and they did not conduct a site visit until after the auction occurred.

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