Marietta Council has chance for a happy ‘do-over’
June 25, 2013 11:48 PM | 3255 views | 3 3 comments | 76 76 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Marietta Council gets a rare chance for a “do-over” tonight. And the good news is that the “error” they have a chance to remedy is a “happy” one that favors city taxpayers and badly needed redevelopment of a long-festering problem.

Thanks to a fortuitous miscalculation at City Hall, Mayor Steve Tumlin now expects to have up to $68 million to work with if city voters approve a November bond referendum framed primarily as way of raising funds to address problems in the Franklin Road corridor. City Hall finance types had thought that a 2-mill bond issue would raise around $35 million, but the city’s bond consultant says the actual figure likely would be close to twice that.

The council, which voted earlier this month to schedule a $35 million referendum for November, tonight must decide whether to void that vote and schedule a referendum for the same date with the new dollar figure. There’s also the possibility that some council members will try to snare portions of the “new” money for projects in their own wards unrelated to the overarching purpose of the referendum, which is jump-starting redevelopment along Franklin Road.

Franklin is lined with garden apartment complexes, most of which are run-down and home to highly transient residents low on the economic scale. Those complexes account for a disproportionate share of the city’s police and emergency services and also are large contributors to the city school system’s high transience rate.

Tumlin wants to see the city buy the worst of the apartments, bulldoze them and sell them to a developer or developers. The land in question should command a very high price in light of its easy access to Interstate 75.

Moreover, Marietta is overloaded with apartments. This is a city in which the ratio of renters-to-homeowners long has stood at around three-to-one. That’s a very unhealthy ratio when it comes to ensuring the survival of the city’s independent school system.

Some have criticized the plan as a thinly veiled effort to rid the city of some of its “less desirable” residents. But the mayor and others rebut that, noting that the great majority of those who formerly lived in now-demolished Marietta Housing Authority complexes are now in better housing thanks to the city’s efforts of the past 10 years.

“Most of those people (along Franklin) will wind up in better places to live,” Tumlin told the MDJ. “We’re not driving them out — we’re driving them up.”

And Tumlin’s plan would “drive” Franklin up. It deserves the support of the full council tonight, and of voters in November.

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Dave Z.
June 26, 2013
1. Budget enough money for the planned new roadways, including a tie-in with the new I-75 "Lexus lanes" (if that shipped hasn't already sailed - and it probably has).

2. Include seed/infrastructure money for the future park on Franklin Road (Preston Ridge site). It will be at the nexus of the University Trail and Rottenwood Creek Trail projects.
Gigabit Squared
June 26, 2013

Marietta is buying crappy old apartment complexes hoping the "bad" people will vanish and magically be replaced with desirable young professionals who would still have zero reason to move to Marietta even if all the "bad" people magically went away.

Seattle is pairing with Gigabit Squared to bring gigabit internet to Seattle homes for $80/mo, 100Mbps for $45/mo which is double the speed at half the cost of Marietta monopoly (WHY?) provider Comcast, 10Mbps for $10/mo, 5Mbps or less for FREE.

Somebody in Marietta had the right idea with Marietta FiberNet. Why couldn't the yocals pull it off? We would be bursting at the seams by now with young professionals had we stuck with the program. Instead we sold it off and will buy more crappy old apartments, tear them down, increase Comcast's prices yet again, build more parking lots and strip malls, and add a few more lanes to the interstates. It will all work this time!!! REALLY! OOhh maybe another church will be what draws them here.
Gotta Laugh
June 29, 2013
Marietta is buying crappy old apartment complexes hoping the "bad" people will vanish.

Same thing Smyrna did with Hickory Lakes. A number of those residents ended up on Franklin Road.

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