Driving north recently on Johnson Ferry Road from the river crossing, I was saddened to see an obscenity on the right, just before the Parkaire Landing shopping center. Where, for years, we enjoyed the sight of 30-plus acres of grass, two lovely homes and acres of natural woodland, now sits a large, ghastly open wound on the face of the earth. Gone are the lovely homes, gone are the woodlands and in their place is to be built 30-plus acres of air-conditioned, paved and concreted, over-crowded nightmare.
The land was sold to make way for over-priced, undervalued townhomes and single family dwellings, along with the attendant streets, parking lots, etc. All this is being tolerated in the name of increasing property tax income to the county. The obvious aim is for the builder to make a big slug of money. And lest we forget, it will be a boom for Cobb County’s illegal alien work force.
In the meantime, Cobb loses 32 acres of natural “green space.” I hope the voters remember this atrocity when next our elected officials start screaming that we need to buy an overpriced plot of land (probably belonging to a buddy of one or more of them) and pay some more illegal alien workers to turn it into, you guessed it, “green space.”
While I defend the right of the builder to do what it wants with his property, that does not make me any happier that the owners sold out and that the county approved this venture.
I also found out the owner is petitioning the county to install a traffic light at the entrance to the property.
Johnson Ferry Road is an artery that carries a huge amount of traffic during rush hour, particularly southbound toward Sandy Springs, 400 and access to 285. In the 1.7 miles from Lower Roswell road to the Fulton County line at the river, there are six lights, apparently designed and timed to impede that flow of traffic. To put it bluntly, we need another light in much the same way that George Armstrong Custer needed some more Indians at Little Big Horn.
The alternative is to have the future inhabitants of the development do like others who do not have traffic lights in front of their dwellings. Turn right out of the drive, and make a U-turn at the next available place. Wow! Is that simple or what? Within less than a block of the proposed driveway for this development there are two U-turn areas, with one of them being controlled by a traffic signal.
I find it hard to believe that this was not brought up when the original zoning and permits were requested. Or could it be that they thought the request for the light might be an impediment to approval? It somewhat reminds one of folks who build homes under the glide path of major airports, then complain about the noise of the jets.
I urge all those residents who travel Johnson Ferry during the rush hours to contact their elected representatives and put the kibosh on this foolishness.
Nettie Helen Stemm