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.