Get it right on Riverwalk
July 29, 2014 11:20 PM | 1131 views | 4 4 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

Of course the Riverwalk development has come back, and this time without the need for county incentives for the highly valued land on Cobb Galleria Parkway and Cumberland Boulevard. While it is scaled down without an office building, it has expanded into another large solo apartment complex in the Cumberland area with up to 322 apartments and 12 townhomes thrown in for good measure.

Like the Braves plan next door, the new Riverwalk project should fit proactively into the overall Cumberland master planning. Just adding more apartments to an area saturated with them does not seem like it. A better plan might be a mixed use community as is the theme with the Braves.

Albeit the original intent of Riverwalk was mixed use, if the incentive issues did not derail this.

Whether the new project will be billed as “upscale rentals” is not important. We may be settling for let’s throw another high density housing complex in a congested area without a tie into the mixed use concept that is taking root in Cumberland.

There are numerous impacts of adding high density housing, including more growth for an already overcrowded Brumby Elementary, despite the upcoming rebuild. Maybe that is why we bought 35 acres on Terrill Mill for allegedly one school.

I do applaud our commissioners, who are pushing diligently toward a Cumberland master plan. However the benefactors need to be our kids attending our schools, in that we don’t have overcrowded class rooms right after building a new school, and we prepare for the proper community experience for all whom live in the area we care so much about. Let’s get it right.



Kevin Nicholas

East Cobb

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Funny Stuff !
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August 04, 2014
Your best buddy Bob Ott is recently quoted in the MDJ when discussing the Cumberland area as stating;

“So over the course of about a year and a half, I signed off on allowing the construction of 1,100 high-end apartments. A bunch of those are starting to come on line,” Ott said.
@ Funny Stuff !
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August 04, 2014
Sounds like Ott is taking a page from Obama's "Executive Order" playbook - his "I signed off comment" is incredibly arrogant considering he's only one of five Commission votes.

Just par for the course (couldn't pass on the golf analogy - Obama's played more during his term than most people will ever play in their life).
Mom comment
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July 30, 2014
We need at least two new cities followed by a push for independent school districts to stop this crap. Their needs to be a City of Cumberland and a City of Vinings Village. The City of Sandy Springs has made it clear the only way you get new apartments is to demo the old Nasty class C apartments that are a blight.

We desperately need the legislature to change the constitution to allow more city school districts so we can all have home rule and high performing districts like Marietta City schools and Decatur City schools.

If not the City chambers need to be proactive like Brookhaven and apply for new k-12 Charter schools for their residents both at the county and state simultaneously. Those that create jobs and pay taxes can not be forced out of their schools by apartment renters and developers.
netdragon
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August 02, 2014
This would never work. It's too expensive.

Either move to Smyrna, or push for this area to be annexed by Smyrna.
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