Two east Cobb developments are approved by BOC
by Jon Gillooly
May 21, 2013 11:58 PM | 3264 views | 2 2 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Commissioner JoAnn Birrell (MDJ/File)
Commissioner JoAnn Birrell (MDJ/File)
MARIETTA — The Cobb Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved zoning changes that clear the way for two east Cobb developments to begin construction.

One 21-home, 10.5-acre tract located off Roswell Road by Old Canton Road will be developed by Arrowhead Real Estate Partners.

Located in the Walton High School district, the homes, which will range from 2,400-square-feet to 3,500-square-feet in size, are expected to sell in the $700,000s.

Ideally, construction would start in June.

“It will probably take about 18 months to build out and sell out,” said attorney Garvis Sams, who represents Arrowhead.

Commissioner JoAnn Birrell, who represents the area, said the original proposal called for a mix of single family homes and an assisted living center.

“I think this is a much better fit,” Birrell said. “I mean, it’s only a 10.5-acre parcel and with the stream running through the middle of it that you can’t disturb or utilize it just didn’t make sense for a three- or four-story senior living facility backing up to neighborhoods.”

The board approved the zoning change in a 5-0 vote.

A second, nine-home development on a 4.6-acre tract off Wesley Chapel Road near Sandy Plains Road also received approval in a 4-1 vote with Commissioner Helen Goreham opposed.

Developer Richard Duncan of Kennesaw said the homes will be a minimum of 2,800-square-feet with construction expected to begin in six weeks and an ideal completion date of 10 to 12 months. Duncan said the homes will be targeted to sell in the mid $400,000 to mid $500,000 range.

Goreham said she voted against the proposal because it allowed more density than the surrounding properties and she worried about storm water runoff.

“That’s an area to me that’s very challenging ecologically, that whole area up there,” Goreham said.
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May 22, 2013
Great ... more homes means more traffic, more crowded schools and potentially more foreclosures in 3-5 years when this current federal reserve induced mini real estate bubble pop.

At least it's good to see that one commissioner (Ms. Goreham) perhaps recognizes that East Cobb is pretty much built out at this point and further development risks turning it into an ecological and traffic nightmare.
May 22, 2013
Spread it out! Develop in Wheeler district also. Tons of land off Terrell Mill!
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