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Street views of proposed Z60 Mixed Use Development
393 Apartment Units
796 Car Parking Deck
by Caleb Groves
AUGUST 15, 2023
MARIETTA, Ga.- At its zoning hearing Tuesday the Cobb County Board of Commissioners allowed the applicant to withdraw without prejudice an application that would have permitted the construction of a large mixed-use development on what is now a heavy industrial area near the Silver Comet Trail extension.
A withdrawal without prejudice means that the applicant can refile the application at any time.
The request was filed by the Branch Acquisition Company, LLC, in July of 2022 for a plot located at the northwest corner of South Atlanta Road and Plant Atkinson Road. Branch Acquisition purchased the plot in September of 2021.
The application was delayed for nearly a year.
Attorney Kevin Moore representing Branch Acquisition asked to withdraw the application in hopes of coming to a compromise at a later date so they can work with the county on the construction of the Silver Comet Trail connection in hopes of saving taxpayer dollars an estimated 1.5 million.
However, Commissioner JoAnn Birrell believes that Moore has other motives and that the County already has the funds for starting trail construction.
Branch’s application asked the board to change the heavy industrial zoning to a residential, retail and commercial property zone. However, the zoning for the property does not comply with the current plan for the area.
With the rezoning, Branch Acquisition hopes to put in two, five-story apartment buildings as well as 30,000 square feet of retail, restaurant, office space, and a parking deck.
There are concerns about the development of an apartment complex, such as what it means for Nickajack Elementary School, which is over its maximum capacity for enrolled students as is, according to Cobb County Community Development documents.
During the hearing, 58 people were there in opposition to the rezoning of the Branch Acquisitions property and no one was in support of rezoning the property.
This case has been going on for nearly a year and Cobb County’s staff comments have been clear about what needs to change to approve the application, Commissioner Keli Gambrill said.
“I don’t mind the withdrawal, but ‘the without prejudice’ I struggle because, again, the community is here,” Gambrill said. “We have 58 people read into record that has been coming to each of these hearings that we’ve had.”
Birrell and Gambrill wanted to withdraw the application with prejudice, considering the lack of effort to change the application plans.
Commissioner Monique Sheffield has an issue with a residential property in a heavily industrialized zone where there is a waste management plant, a coal ash plant and a concrete plant all nearby the land plot.
The BOC voted in favor of withdrawing the application without prejudice 3-2, with commissioners Birrell and Gambrill in opposition.
On 7.7.22, a rezoning application was filed in Cobb County for a mixed used development to be located at the northwest corner of S. Atlanta Rd & Plant Atkinson Rd. It includes the “7 Bridges to Recovery” property on Plant Atkinson Rd. plus the “Englishman’s Furniture” and “Canine Cellmates” properties on S. Atlanta Rd.
-Two 5-story apartment buildings with 393 apartment units
- At least 30,000 square feet of retail, restaurant, office space
- A 7 story parking deck to hold 796 cars
- "Warehouse Modern Residential" architecture
- Current and future Land Use Plan is Industrial and does not allow residential.
- October 4 (Planning Commission) & October 18 (Commissioners).
- Representatives from VVHA will attend the meetings.
Sign the opposition petition using the attached link. Include your name, email address and physical mailing address.
Additional information about the Z60 development is available in a report prepared by the Cobb County Community Development Zoning Staff. The report recommends Denial of Z60. Read the complete report below.
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