CID gets go-ahead in plan’s next step: Officials OK consultant for Cumberland
by Jon Gillooly
March 13, 2013 11:54 PM | 2470 views | 14 14 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cumberland Community Improvement District is moving ahead with a master plan that will outline what kind of potential zoning and infrastructure changes need to be made to support future redevelopment in its core area.

The Cobb Board of Commissioners gave the CID the green light Tuesday to move forward with hiring a consultant to design such a plan.

Commissioner Bob Ott expects 1,100 apartment units will be built in the heart of the Cumberland district over the next couple years.

“We’re bringing in 1,100 apartments, so that’s going to have a more than likely positive ripple effect on the area,” Ott said.

County leaders could wait for development to unfold naturally and see what comes of it, Ott said.

“Or you sit down ahead of time with some of the property owners and business owners and say, ‘Where do we want to be as we move forward with continuing to improve the area or grow the area or stuff like that,’ because if you think about it, it’s a pretty significant change that’s getting ready to happen with the 1,100 apartments,” he said.

For some time, developers like CID board member Barry Teague have been eyeing the parking lot sprawl that surrounds areas like Cumberland Mall and the 50-acre Akers Mill Square. Teague has said ideally the mall’s parking lot would be developed into housing, with parking moved into decks as was done at Perimeter Mall.

A study is needed to tell them how to go about such development, CID Chairman Tad Leithead said.

“We have a vision for enhanced density, but we absolutely don’t know the details, and we haven’t studied zoning categories required,” Leithead said.

The consultant, who will be chosen through a request for qualifications process, will be paid for by the CID, although the cost and timeline remain unknown at this point, Leithead said.

So far Ott has completed master plans for the Johnson Ferry Corridor, the Powers Ferry Corridor and Vinings. They have each taken more than a year to complete, but have been worth the effort, Ott said.

“The three hottest areas in District 2 are where the three plans are,” Ott said. “The reason I think that they’re so successful is it tells the development community exactly what the community is interested in having there, and it gives them a guideline as to how to work with the community; because one of the big unknowns for a developer is ‘We have this great idea, well, what’s the community reaction going to be?’”
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Hotinatlanta
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March 14, 2013
We don't need any more apartment or office buildings around the Cumberland Mall area. There are too many now and a lot of them are empty. The rent on the complexes that have been built in the past few years are so over-priced that only the rich (over-paid) people can afford them. I live in a condo complex that was built in the 1980's and it's the only one in our area that's not sitting on a busy 4-lane and they are so under valued it's ridiculous while new apartment-style condos are being built and starting at over $200,000/600 sq.ft.! NO MORE BUILDINGS!!!
Be Careful
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March 14, 2013
OH my God, NO! Not more apartments. Look at what has happened to some very large apartment complexes in the county in less than the last 5 years...including what was supposed to be a very high end complex at Ridenour near Kennesaw. They get built, and within months switch over to "section 8" housing and become crime ridden slums.

Housing that will generate long term viable and meaningful growth for an area is NOT apartments.
mk-remove old bridge
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March 14, 2013
Redesign the pedestrian bridge over Cobb Parkway. Make it an 'open air' park setting w/ beautiful trees, artsy lighting, benches and ARTWORK!! A destination, signature bridge that we can look at and be proud of!
Patty with an S
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March 14, 2013
How many people are going to say "Let's go hang out on the bridge over Cobb Parkway? You know the one that Cobb spent millions on planting trees, buying artwork, blue lighting, and thousand dollar benches." What is a destination bridge????? A bridge is a bridge. Not a nightclub. Oh, and they can take a bag of Fruit Loops to munch on while they are hanging out on the destination bridge.
Patty's Sis
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March 14, 2013
I suggest they put some office towers, condos, restaurants, and hotels on the bridge. That way, you would never need to leave the bridge. Oh, a Whole Foods Market would be a plus also. And don't leave out the state-of-the-art restrooms which no bridge should be without. Hey, use some SPLOST money to build a quaint little school. Man, what a signature bridge that would be! "Yous" would never need to leave the bridge and deal with the exits around there! Now we know what a destination bridge is--I will go to the grocery store, bank, home, etc. when I get to my destination--the bridge.
In Marietta
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March 14, 2013
I thought you said parks shouldn't be near roads because of exhaust fumes. Which one is it?
mk-no vision
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March 14, 2013
Why isn't there already a growing/changing plan in place? Where have yous been the last 15 years? Tho' the economy tanked, other areas kept growing, planning, changing with the times.

Cobb has lacked visionaries. This is why Perimeter Center is sought after. Guess you guys saw the mixed use announcement for Abernathy/400 corner. Highrise, office,condos,hotel. And look at Avalon & Town Brookhaven.

The growth is North Fulton, 400 & the I-85 corridor.

Smyrna is holding Cobb County back. It's a disgrace to such a prime location. Look what gets the mayor excited, the ground breaking of a Krispy Creme, Del Taco & Auto Zone (and on a highly traveled, visable location).

Smyrna should be dissolved and taken over by UNincorporated Cobb. That would the only hope.

Adult Education
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March 15, 2013
Yous? When did yous become a word?
mk- Fix EXIT 1st
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March 14, 2013
I am looking for answers to why the exit ramp from 285 that dead ends on Cobb parkway has been totally ignored!!

This is a giant mess!

There are 3 right exit lanes and most are trying to get into 2 left turn lanes to Spring Road, Smyrna.

Traffic blocks the northbound Cobb Parkway traffic.

The CID planted a few trees in the median. The median should be torn out & add a new left turn lane. Synchronize the lights there would be helpful. It wouldn't hurt, either, is Smyrna Police would get to that intersection at rush hour, to help commuters,.. like they do around Abernathy in Sandy Springs.

But to actually solve the issue & bring the area UP to quality standards, the left turning traffic should be forced up one more block and make that section of Spring ONE WAY eastbound only. A one way loop.

This MUST be fixed if the density is going to increase. This area can't handle existing traffic now!!
JR in Mableton
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March 14, 2013
You might want to call your state representative....this is an issue for the Georgia Department of Transportation.
Katie B.
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March 14, 2013
You saying trees should be torn out to make road improvements? OMG, not trees. Remember no digging up trees for anything whatsoever never.
VFP42
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March 14, 2013
1,100 apartments are expected to have a positive impact on the area? What timeframe is the positive impact seen? During construction since that requires jobs? And then it's all downhill after construction is finished?

Density is great. Apartments are not great.

Around this place apartments sprawl just as much as the tract home McMansions on fifth acres, so how do they create density?

Who knows maybe they mean apartment towers. I guess that would not be so bad as long as all comers and goers are videotaped at all times so we know who is leaving right before cars are broken into each time.
JR in Mableton
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March 14, 2013
How about that suburban Alpharetta murder? I thought all crimes were in apartments and mass transit.
anonymous
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March 14, 2013
JR, crime doesn't happen in Alpharetta, Decatur, Brookhaven, Dunwoody, Buckhead, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Midtown, etc. It only happens in Smyrna according to Kookindawl and only by illegals from Mexico.
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