Development in Cobb sees steady growth
by Nikki Wiley
April 24, 2014 04:00 AM | 2252 views | 2 2 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — Construction of new single-family homes in Cobb is on track with last year’s growth.

In February alone, across Cobb and the six cities, 131 housing permits were issued. Another 124 were issued in March. That’s close to the 136 issued in February 2013 and the 114 handed out in March 2013.

Austell led the way for the county’s cities in February issuing 37 permits. A subdivision called Stonebrook has picked up development since it stalled during the Great Recession. Located close to the Cobb-Douglas county line off Causey Road near Veterans Memorial Highway, the development has between 65 and 70 lots and will be priced between $200,000 and $300,000.

Acworth and Kennesaw both issued one permit each. During the same time last year, Acworth had 15 and Kennesaw issued none. Powder Springs gave five, Marietta issued 10 and Smyrna had 18. Last year, Powder Springs and Marietta gave seven each and Smyrna issued 27 permits.

In March, 124 permits were issued across Cobb, up from 114 last year. Marietta issued the most permits at 25.

Rusty Roth, planning and zoning manager for Marietta, said the Manget development, where single-family housing is replacing rows of blighted rentals razed by the city in 2005, is driving most of the new residential construction in the city.

The neighborhood, which is tucked between South Fairground Street and South Marietta Parkway, includes 10 townhomes and 78 single-family detached homes ranging from the mid $200,000s up to $400,000.

“They’re close to completing their first phase, and they’re working on the plans so they can begin their second and third phases,” Roth said.

Small clusters of infill development are also underway across the city of Marietta, Roth said, and are included in the 25 building permits.

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EastCobbVoter
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April 24, 2014
And this is good … because?

At some point people are going to realize that overdevelopment killed Cobb county. Traffic is already nearly unbearable over in E. Cobb. And where are the incomes to support these home prices?
Eric Weems
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April 24, 2014
East Cobb has it easy. You have traffic. In West Cobb we have people. Poor people. With all the apartment complexes and HUD homes Acworth and Kennesaw are turning into South Cobb. You should see the changes in the census from 2000 to 2010. Loud dumb music, five cars in every driveway, EBT cards in heavy use in any Wal-Mart line you get stuck in. Be grateful your problem is too many $300,000 homes rather than 30,000 deadbeats.
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