Zoning change would clear way for ‘very high end’ east Cobb subdivision
by Jon Gillooly
January 21, 2013 12:13 AM | 12414 views | 10 10 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
East Cobb Commissioner Bob Ott stands in a field off Johnson Ferry Road that developers hope to turn into a 125-home subdivision, with houses priced up to $850,000.
East Cobb Commissioner Bob Ott stands in a field off Johnson Ferry Road that developers hope to turn into a 125-home subdivision, with houses priced up to $850,000.
EAST COBB — One of the last large, undeveloped properties in the exclusive Walton High School district is up for a zoning change that would clear the way for a 125-home subdivision.

“It’s a very familiar site,” said Commissioner Bob Ott. “Everyone knows about it. Most people refer to it as ‘the Perkins’ property.’ The Perkins family sold it.”

The 32-acre property on Johnson Ferry Road sits between the Riverhill Subdivision and the Parkaire Shopping Center, which houses the East Cobb Library.

Marietta attorney John Moore, who represents the developer, Brooks Chadwick Capital, said the proposal is to build 85 single-family detached homes and 40 townhomes.

Moore said the homes will be “three-sided” architecture with brick or stacked stone.

“Very high end,” he said.

The larger homes would be located adjacent to the Riverhill Subdivision and priced in the $850,000 and higher range at 4,000 to 5,000 square feet on 20,000- to 25,000-square-foot lots.

There will be a mid-range of homes on 7,000- to 12,000-square-foot lots in the $400,000 to $600,000 price range, followed by the townhomes near the library, which will begin in the $300,000 range at 2,500 to 3,000-plus square feet. The three-story townhomes will have two-car garages with optional elevators.

The development would also sport a six-lane swimming pool, two tennis courts and a cabana.

If everything goes as planned, construction will start in early summer with a completion date of two years or less.

Moore said the property has long been eyed by developers for commercial development.

“For east Cobb to get this all residential, it’s just an awesome thing,” Moore said.

“You’re not going to have a big retail site there at all. It’s going to be all residential.”

Moore said the property was sold by the Perkins family in December to a group of investors.

Jill Flamm, president of the East Cobb Civic Association, a group that represents about 10,000 homeowners, said her organization has been negotiating with the developer to ensure the best outcome for the community.

Her group will give the Planning Commission its recommendations at the Feb. 5 meeting.

“It is an important piece of property,” Flamm said. “Care has to always be taken in developing a piece of property that goes between residential into commercial.”

Ott said infill developments are historically “very difficult” to get right.

“Because what happens is people are paying an awful lot for a piece of property, and then they need a certain density to make that sales price work, and so in getting the density, they are not able to respect the surrounding properties’ density,” Ott said.

Ott said that’s not the case with this proposed development, which he believes respects the character of the surrounding community.

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Chris Lambrecht
January 24, 2013
Since this is adjacent to my back yard, I think I'll attend the "hearing". This will make traffic on Johnson Ferry slower, but the investors are trying to do this in a way that will allow them to proceed without too much public outcry. But make no mistake, this is high density housing when one is planning 125 homes on 32 acres, plus a swimming pool and clubhouse. That amounts to less than .25 acres per home, so this will be very similar to a cluster home community. Does this plan meet the Cobb County's land use plan? I seriously doubt it. If I had the $, I'd buy the land to stop development.
January 22, 2013
It's simple economics.

The land is for sale. There is a buyer & a developer. The high-end prices will ADD value to surrounding neighborhoods.

(for folks in Smyrna,... duh!!)

This piece of land, whether previous pastureland or a development that went belly up, is much more

appropriate for a subdivision or commercial, etc., than a greenspace.

(for folks in Smyrna, natural parks, greenspace, trails are more appealing if TREES are on property).

This neighborhood is close proximity to many amenities, including shopping, library, services and various groceries. Also, to the south is the Chattahoochee Nature trail at Columns Dr., the east , you are at the Azalea Dr. trail , nature center & Roswell Greenway, then travel west and you'll find the East Cobb Park.

Where I do think Cobb falls behind, is the lack of protecting tree canopy & lack of planting street trees.I admire Trees Atlanta. They have really ADDED to quality of life ITP.

Smyrna calls a cement sidewalk, a trail.

Smyrna calls a sodded, treeless plot,.. a PARK.

Smyrna calls a grocery store & gas station, economic development.

This is the difference in land value. There is no VALUE in Smyrna land.

Get it, Smurf??
January 21, 2013
Bob Ott is usually very negative. I wonder what is in this for him? Is it just me or is it a tad unrealistic, how many residences on how many acres of land? Yes that is what East Cobb needs, more population density. I suppose micro mansions and $450K 1,000 square foot town homes trump pharmacies, banks, and auto part stores. On the bright side, maybe The City Of East Cobb/ Atlanta Country Club / Chattahoochee Plantation can annex it.
Ridiculous Again
January 21, 2013
Another waste of space and resources. Keep paving over the last vestiges of nature and building absurdly extravagant homes for 3-person families.

January 21, 2013
Oh they will get their traffic light. They will get priority (one subdivision car pulls up and the busy cross street has to come to a full stop) for the first few years until all the lots are sold. That's the Cobb Way.
Jeff A. Taylor
January 21, 2013
Let's see, will the gnomes agitate for a traffic light regardless of the impact on traffic in the corridor?

Everyone knows that single egress "apple tree" developments are horrible, bad planning but no one does a darn thing to stop them.

@ slumkenesaw
January 21, 2013

Yeah but did kenesaws section 8's result in 2 murders in December?

Smyrna's did!

Shhhh, I forgot, we must keep this quiet!
January 21, 2013
You are so hypocritical Mary Kirkendol. Now government is championed for eliminating green space to make way for more residential property? I thought we were supposed to be making bike trails and parks?

Oh and by the way your model town of Roswell had a triple homicide the other day and Decatur's county commissioner will be indicted soon.
po' Smyrna
January 21, 2013
This is the difference I speak of.

The folks in East Cobb are just plain SMARTER than the folks in Smyrna.

There has been nothing, zip, zilch, nada been done to try to bring Smyrna up, even a notch.

In fact , when Smyrna had a recent vote to approve new homes in the LOW 200's on a large vacant lot in the center of historic Williams Park, the people that SHOULD have been vocal AGAINST this low price point, came out in support!

Here's a hint Williams Park- homes in the LOW 200's are not going to add one ounce of value to your neighborhood!

So tell me, HOW do we sell out OLD '50's built homes that are abundant in Smyrna,.. when you continue to flood the market w/ new, cheaply built low priced homes?

You DON'T- they turn rental! And that is what is happening all over Smyrna!

This is ONE of the reasons Smyrna is in trouble.

Noone using critical thinking!!

In fact, there is an effort, to keep Smyrna stagnant. And the plan seems to be working beautifully.
January 21, 2013
You think Smyrna's not too smart, come to Kennesaw, it will make you feel better, we have the largest section 8 housing complex, a tunnel and a worthless bus turn-around (and I've never seen a bus turn around there.

Congratulations East Cobb, on a different type of development for your community.

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