City officials plan to hold a public hearing May 8 to gather input about a proposal to redevelop Franklin Road.
The redevelopment project includes the city’s purchase of aging apartment complexes, which would be funded by a $35 million general obligation bond.
Mayor Steve Tumlin has targeted an area on Franklin Road between the South Loop and Delk Road with apartment complexes that draw heavy attention from police and fire units and allegedly have a negative impact on Marietta schools because of the transitory nature of the residents living there.
Before making any decisions on the plan, City Council members want to hear from the public and the city manager to get as much information as possible.
As of last week, officials had not spoken to any complex owners regarding willingness to sell, according to Beth Sessoms, Marietta economic development director.
But at a city work session Monday, City Manager Bill Bruton said there has been contact with potential developers. Various department heads within city government have also met to discuss the plan, he said.
Bruton did not disclose with which developers city officials had been in contact.
The council set a deadline for the May 1 committee meetings to hear details of the redevelopment — which Tumlin said could be residential or commercial if complex owners sell.
The public hearing May 8 would occur before the council votes on acceptance of the plan, according to City Attorney Doug Haynie.
On Wednesday during its regular meeting, the council will vote to allow the city to use an urban redevelopment plan, but it won’t consider the Franklin Road plan specifically.
“You need to know what you’re getting into before going through with this process,” said Councilman Philip Goldstein. Other council members agreed.
In order to pose a bond to fund the redevelopment on the November ballot, the council must vote on the plan by August, Haynie said.
Update on water revenues, parking
In other business on Monday, Board of Lights and Water President Bobby Lewis told the council revenue is flat. Residential water and sewer rates are competitive, he said, but the Board received a compliance order from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources for having eight spills last year. The goal is to stay below seven, Lewis said. Six of the eight were pipe failures.
Lewis said the Board received a clean audit, which he will present to the council Wednesday at the regular meeting.
Also on Monday, members of the City’s Vision 20/20 Committee, which develops recommendations to improve the city, suggested making parking more accessible throughout the Square.
Vision 20/20 President Kee Carlisle said the City needs to improve parking signage to let visitors know which places are free and which are under time limits.
Carlisle suggested the city work with Cobb County to revisit availability of spaces in parking decks.
“Some of the people complaining about parking are the ones violating parking laws,” Carlisle said.
The committee spoke with the Marietta Police Department about the importance of enforcing the two-hour parking limit, and Carlisle said since the conversation, he has gotten two parking tickets.
The Marietta City Council will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. at city hall.