BoC to hear plan on development near proposed stadium
by Nikki Wiley
November 18, 2013 10:01 PM | 1669 views | 2 2 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CUMBERLAND — A large mixed-use development planned for an area near the site of the proposed new Atlanta Braves stadium will go before the Cobb Board of Commissioners for approval today.

The development is unrelated to the new stadium site proposed to replace Atlanta’s Turner Field as the Braves’ new home in 2017.

Cumberland-based Pope & Land Enterprises is behind the development which, according to Rob Hosack, community development director for the county, was in the works “long in advance” of the Braves’ Nov. 11 announcement.

The development is proposed to contain 400,000 square feet of space including 300 condos along with retail and office space. Cobb Board of Commissioners must approve a rezoning of the land from “residential senior living” to “urban village commercial” before it can move forward.

Six- and seven-story buildings would make up the development that Hosack says would add to the identity of the Cumberland area.

“This is kind of like our downtown Cobb,” Hosack said.

Pope & Land’s senior vice president, Mason Zimmerman, serves on the board that governs to Cumberland Community Improvement District, which has promised $10 million to help fund the Braves’ stadium deal.

Zimmerman is also the chairman of the Town Center Area Community Improvement District and did not immediately return a phone message on Monday afternoon.

The Cobb Planning Commission unanimously voted on Nov. 8 to recommend approval for the development. The Board of Commissioners will have the final say at 9 a.m. today. The meeting takes place in the board chambers at 100 Cherokee St.

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Rick Z
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November 19, 2013
We already face enough challenges with the additional traffic the stadium will bring to the area. It would be incredibly foolish to add 300 condos to the mix.
HotinAtlanta
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November 19, 2013
CONFLICT OF INTEREST AND POCKETS BEING LINED AT THE CCID!!! What a bunch of criminals we have. This needs to be stopped. Of course he's not going to return phone calls. Would you if your hand was caught in the cookie jar!
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