WellStar avoids county zoning process for east Cobb campus
by Kim Isaza
November 13, 2012 01:35 PM | 2698 views | 12 12 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
This architectural rendering, provided by WellStar Health System, shows one option officials are considering for the proposed WellStar East Cobb Health Park, to be located on Roswell and Providence roads in east Cobb.<br>Renderings special to the MDJ
This architectural rendering, provided by WellStar Health System, shows one option officials are considering for the proposed WellStar East Cobb Health Park, to be located on Roswell and Providence roads in east Cobb.
Renderings special to the MDJ
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MARIETTA – The Kennestone Hospital Authority unanimously agreed to accept a grant of 23 acres of land on which WellStar Health System intends to build its East Cobb Health Park.

All nine members of the Authority attended Tuesday’s lunchtime meeting. By taking ownership of the property, near Roswell and Providence Roads in east Cobb, WellStar avoids going through the county’s zoning process and can develop the property as it sees fit.

Only one member of the public urged the Authority against accepting the move, while three citizens spoke in favor.

The 205,000-square-foot health park is expected to cost about $80 million, and WellStar hopes to break ground in the spring.

Read more in tomorrow’s MDJ.

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Commonsense61
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November 15, 2012
It's public now, mr Tic. Get over it .
TIC
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November 19, 2012
No skin off my nose. I live well north of the site in question.

The point I was making is that Wellstar is not a public entity and therefore should not be exempt from the zoning process.

They (Wellstar) are obviously using the Hospital Authority to get around having to deal with the area residents on a level playing field.

WellStar should be ashamed, the hospital authority should be ashamed and Cobb County should be ashamed.
anonymous
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November 15, 2012
This is going to make a bad traffic situation even worse.

Commonsense61
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November 14, 2012
Well, no, it's not illegal. In fact it's perfectly legal. If public projects could be stopped at the whim of every nimby, we'd still be picking our way through the trees like Indians, because there would be no roads, as Rhe route would invariably be through, or too close to, some nimby somewhere.

Our way of life???

No doubt the farmers and large landowners you' ve choked out with your over development didn't feel their way of life, which is now gone by the way, got much protection.

Always the cry of the nimby: " I'm here, now shut the door and don't let any body else in"

TIC
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November 15, 2012
This is NOT a public project!!

Your analogy is bogus in this instance.

It is just plain wrong to deny property owners that live in the immediate vicinity of this private development the right to have input through the normal zoning process.

Now the Hospital Authority is free to repeat this all over the county no matter what the citizens may have to say.
deeply troubled
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November 14, 2012
This is wrong on so many levels! How can Wellstar just do whatever it wants, and get away with it? I want someone to explain this to me. It should be stopped, and stopped immediately!
just sayin
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November 13, 2012
Un-needed

Un-wanted
True Colors
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November 13, 2012
OK- so at least now the charade is over.

Wellstar never intended to abide by the zoning conditions that every other business in the county adheres to. At least the game playing is over.

Wellstar needs to STAY OFF PROVIDENCE ROAD.

Commonsense61
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November 13, 2012
What are these zoning conditions " every other business in the county adheres to"? Massive set asides of developable land and other expensive concessions just to placate a few neighbors?

Don't think so.

The more densly packed east cobb becomes, the more those who got here last demand confiscatory conditions they would never have agreed to themselves.

If you don't like the increased urbanization you participated in and encouraged by moving here in the first place, keep in mind that Delta's ready when you are.
No Common Sense
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November 14, 2012
CS61-

Wellstar could immediately state that they will never put a traffic entrance on Providence Road. That would help protect the kids walking to school and help keep the residential aspects for neighbors. And the entrance is not even necessary.

But Wellstar has not done this. It costs nothing.

So why don't you stop commenting about things you know/care not about.

There are other legitimate zoning issues- that I am sure you don't know or care about, because you don't live near this site.

The issue is not these details, it is that there is no recourse for people who pay taxes to live in an area where they have a voice in their governance. We paid in full to have our way of life protected.

If you don't like a zoning issue- then vote or appeal to your elected official.

In THIS case- the residents affected by this are not even allowed to do that. And THAT is illegal and immoral.
huskyace
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November 13, 2012
what is a health park???????

anonymous
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November 13, 2012
Yay, more traffic near the Johnson Ferry & Roswell Road congestion-fest.

Eastbound traffic already backs up to Indian Hills most mornings, might as well make it a constant two mile traffic jam back to Old Canton Rd. every morning.
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