$100M Cumberland development headed for commission vote
by Nikki Wiley
September 10, 2013 12:18 AM | 4689 views | 2 2 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Planned mixed-use development: $100 million; 7 acres; 236 condos; 14 three-story townhouses; 10-story office building
Planned mixed-use development: $100 million; 7 acres; 236 condos; 14 three-story townhouses; 10-story office building
Another 250 residential units in the form of rented condominiums and townhomes could soon make their way to the Cumberland area of Cobb County as part of a 7-acre mixed-use development.

The Cobb Planning Commission approved Monday a $100 million development containing 236 condos, 14 three-story townhomes and a 10-story office building containing 200,000 square feet of space. It hasn’t gotten the full go-ahead yet, though, because it must be approved by the Board of Commissioners.

Commissioners will vote to approve or reject the project at 9 a.m. Sept. 17 at 100 Cherokee St.

Construction could begin as soon as the project receives approval with a targeted finishing date of spring 2015.

The unnamed development is proposed for a 7-acre tract at the intersection of Cobb Galleria Parkway and Cumberland Boulevard and falls within the boundaries of the Cumberland Community Improvement District, a self-taxing district that aims to improve the area.

Condos and townhomes will be rented until market conditions lend more toward sales, according to an attorney for the North Carolina-based developer.

Mason Zimmerman, CCID board member, says housing options have long been needed in Cobb’s most urban neighborhood.

Cumberland “is the place for high-density development because it has the amenities, it has the infrastructure, it has the daytime population,” Zimmerman said. “It is on par with Perimeter, Midtown and other areas that are high-density regional activity centers.”

It’s not the only housing project planned. Several are underway, Zimmerman said, and more will come before the planning commission soon.

He says the area is beginning to “evolve and mature” and is becoming more of a community.

Bob Ott, who represents the area on the Board of Commissioners, wouldn’t say how he’ll vote when the issue comes before the board but said he agrees Cumberland needs more housing.

“For Cumberland to thrive … we have to have people living there,” Ott said.

With close proximity to downtown Atlanta and the home of big namesakes like Home Depot and The Weather Channel, Ott says it’s the place in Cobb to have a more urban atmosphere.

The development’s 250 apartments, 200,000-square-foot office building and 5,000-square foot retail space will be a “gateway to Cobb,” said John Moore, attorney for Charlotte, N.C.-based developer Crescent Communities, which is doing business as Riverview Office LLC for this project.

“We haven’t seen a project proposed in Cobb County certainly over the last seven or eight years of this magnitude, and it’s good to see something like this happening,” Moore told the planning commission.

Other projects that were proposed for Cumberland fell victim to the Great Recession and still haven’t taken off, said Michael Terry, planning commission member. But he’s optimistic about this one.

“This is going to be the exception, we think,” Terry said.

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September 10, 2013
Geeze !! Already the most congested part of Cobb. Pretty much jammed with traffic all the time due to the nature of nearby mall and many shopping areas then add the I-285 and I-75 interchange, hotels and restaurants. I thought it was already saturated as much as possible. And does not lend itself to being without a car because this area was built up back during the 70's thru now. It is extremely packed with traffic, I try to avoid with every possibility.
November 10, 2013
Anonymous, Cumberland is a lot less congested than similar areas in Fulton county. If you don't like it, then go live in North Cobb. We like progress in the Cumberland/Smyrna/Vinings area.
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