Officials want to rename roads near Six Flags
by Nikki Wiley
January 16, 2014 12:00 AM | 2661 views | 5 5 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
AUSTELL — Cobb officials hope renaming a series of confusing roads near Six Flags Over Georgia will help rebrand the area with a high-crime reputation and spur redevelopment.

Cobb’s Community Development Agency and the South Cobb Redevelopment Authority are seeking input from residents about a potential road renaming project involving Six Flags Drive, Six Flags Parkway and Six Flags Way.

One meeting was Wednesday and another is scheduled for Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. at the South Cobb Recreation Center, 875 Six Flags Drive, Austell.

There aren’t any proposals yet for exactly which roads should be renamed and what they should be called, said Rob Hosack, director of the Community Development Agency.

“The key is that we’re going to be looking at folks to come up with suggestions, particularly folks that would be affected,” Hosack said.

The idea is to make navigating the area around Six Flags in south Cobb near Interstate 285 easier for motorists and public safety personnel by avoiding confusing road name duplications.

But it could also help shed the area’s reputation for being Cobb’s highest crime neighborhood, Hosack said.

In November, Six Flags and four of its former employees were ordered to pay $35 million to the family of a man who suffered a traumatic brain injury from a beating he received by a Six Flags employee in 2007.

Other businesses have been a source of illegal activity, like the Food Mart on Six Flags Drive, where officers found makeshift crack pipes for sale inside the store along with small bags typically used to hold marijuana, said Precinct Capt. Jeff Adcock at a town hall meeting last summer.

“Maybe a new name down there will kind of give folks a new sense of community pride or dispel some of the old rumors or some of the old stigma associated with Six Flags,” Hosack said.

Commissioner Lisa Cupid, who represents the area, pointed to a $34 million conference and entertainment center, coined the EpiCenter, opened Jan. 4 by the Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral as a sign of new investment in the Six Flags corridor.

“Renaming the Six Flags roads in the area will help reduce driver confusion and provide opportunity to redefine the identity of a community experiencing revitalization with the new EpiCenter, investments in multifamily housing, hotel and fast-food renovations and plans for a new water theme park,” Cupid said.

The South Cobb Redevelopment Authority and Board of Commissioners plan to hold a public hearing about any proposed name changes in March before changes are approved.

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A public hearing will be Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. at the South Cobb Recreation Center, 875 Six Flags Drive, Austell, to gather input on the potential renaming of roads around Six Flags over Georgia.
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Im Just saying too
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January 22, 2014
Putting 6 to 7 low income multi-family apts in one location is bound to doom any area. That whole corridor needs a facelift. The Epic is a start.
Rick Z
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January 17, 2014
Ever notice that when roads are renamed, they always make the name longer and more cluttered?
im just saying
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January 16, 2014
The county sent out letters to attend January 15th meeting only to addresses on their tax rolls. The meeting was a low turnout. Every residenrt with a Six Flags Drive address, Six Flags Rd address, Six Flags Parkway address, Six Flags Way address should receive an invitation to attend. Just relying on a sign to advertise a meeting is not good enough.
Just Curious00
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January 16, 2014
Did the renaming of Stewart Ave to Metropolitan Pkwy in Atlanta help that neighborhood??? (short answer:NO)
Gringo Bandito
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January 16, 2014
Renaming the roads would change the entire neighborhood and spur development. Just look at what happened when they renamed Stewart Avenue in Atlanta. Oh wait...
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