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.