“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.