Councilman hopes that Rezoning request will aid Marietta Square
by Noreen Cochran
February 13, 2013 12:00 AM | 2971 views | 9 9 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Marietta City Council meeting today will include two items about new houses to be built on a former housing project site.

Traton Homes has asked for rezoning of 10 acres on Montgomery and Cole streets in the middle of the city, to be named Montgomery Park. It would contain 45 homes selling for upwards of $280,000, ready to move in next year.

City Councilman Anthony Coleman told the Journal earlier that the location of the subdivision, less than a mile from the Square, will be attractive to new homebuyers.

“It’s centrally located to downtown. It’s accessible to local businesses,” he said. “Churches will probably welcome the development because they can reach out to the community. I’m really excited about that. Marietta wants to see workforce people in homes that have schoolchildren in the neighborhood. It makes for a better community to have young business professionals there.”

A hiccup in the construction schedule is a requirement for “four-sided architecture,” which is also on the agenda Wednesday night.

“Because this is a planned development, there is a requirement that the house elevations meet a four-sided architecture standard,” city planner Shelby Little wrote in a memo Feb. 8. “The zoning ordinance defines this as all four sides of a building being compatible.”

Council members seek to appoint a committee to define the term in more “user-friendly language” before asking Traton to adhere to it.

Chris Poston, Traton senior vice president, suggested an alternative definition, asking for the homes to be “traditional in nature.”

The description includes shutters on the front and side exteriors only.
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Pinkepank
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February 16, 2013
Developers never grow smart. Homeowners everywhere have mortages they can't sell and homes grosely devalued.

So without loans and with home values dirt bottom the home market is as flat as the economy.

Welcome to the recession 6 years and counting.
cobber
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February 15, 2013
ok, aside from the sidebar comments, this is a really great opportunity to build up the community in the square. I just moved here from Pittsburgh and they are about half way thorough the same kind of revitalization. a mix of housing and retail is at the core, and it's had an amazing, positive effect. looking forward to the results!
anonymous
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February 14, 2013
The Big thing developers are overlooking is that there is already a section of unsold homes from 2007 right in that same area, upscale and left to just sit unsold. And this is not cozey nice neighborhood to bring up children. Developers must have gotten this land really cheap, but I doubt this "just build a house anywhere and sell it for big profit" will pan. The housing market is still suffering AND people can't get loans!
Keep it Real
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February 14, 2013
Let's make sure to keep the prices high enough to keep the poor folks out; this is the priority for Marietta City development. After demolishing all of the low-income housing near the center of town, we sure wouldn't want them trickling back in with the promise of affordable housing!
You're Right
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February 14, 2013
You are absolutely correct. We need to keep the riff-raff out of town so people will want to visit and feel safe on the street. Excellent point!
VFP42
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February 13, 2013
Let's leave the Hollywood style houses for West Cobb and East Cobb and Polk and Paudling. The peeple dumb enuf to buy a cardboard backed facade are the ones dumb enough to give up property rights and spend eternity in a car for buying "bigger" .. Leave 3,2 or 1 sided houses to the suckers.

cobber
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February 13, 2013
"enough" dumb enough.
Mr. Positive
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February 13, 2013
VFP42 - Are you on drugs or something? What's your problem? This development offers improved housing in the community and offers homes near the square. Would you feel better if the area remained the trashy way it looks now? Come into the 21st century - we welcome you...
anonymous
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February 13, 2013
I already posted to one of VFP42's posts that he is in a horrible mood all the time. Always griping. If you handed this person a dozen roses, they would pick out which spots were bad without noticing how beautiful they are. Why do some people out here (not just VFP) call people dumb, idiots, etc.? I don't get it....must be in the upbringing, I guess. My mama taught me better and I'm happier for it!
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