Development, Braves move ‘coincidental,’ firm VP says
by Nikki Wiley
December 01, 2013 07:17 AM | 7251 views | 10 10 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cumberland CID board members Bob Voyles, left, and Mason Zimmerman share comments during the discussion to provide $10 million in transportation improvements for the Braves.<br>Staff/Jeff Stanton
Cumberland CID board members Bob Voyles, left, and Mason Zimmerman share comments during the discussion to provide $10 million in transportation improvements for the Braves.
Staff/Jeff Stanton
CUMBERLAND — The vice president of a development firm planning a large mixed-use development says it’s a coincidence the project popped up on a county agenda after the Braves announced their move to Cobb.

Mason Zimmerman is the senior vice president for Pope and Land Enterprises, which has proposed a development containing 400,000 square feet of space, including 300 condos along with retail and office space, at the intersection of Cobb Parkway and Cumberland Boulevard.

He’s also on the board that governs the Cumberland Community Improvement District, which has promised $10 million to help fund the Braves’

stadium deal.

Zimmerman said it’s “totally coincidental” that the two properties are located next to one another and said it’s the “natural elevation of City View,” a high-rise office development.

The project proposes to develop six- and seven-story buildings.

The Cobb Planning Commission unanimously voted Nov. 8 to recommend approval for the development. The Board of Commissioners delayed action at its Nov. 18 meeting and will meet again Dec. 17.

The Braves announced Nov. 11 their intention to move to Cobb County with a new $672 million stadium to be built in the Cumberland area.

Cobb Board of Commissioners must approve a rezoning of the land from “residential senior living” to “urban village commercial” before it can move forward.

And it’s not the only major development project to pop up for the Cumberland area over the past month.

Real estate mogul John Williams has planned a $100 million development containing 236 condos, 14 three-story townhomes and a 10-story office building with 200,000 square feet of space for the intersection of Cobb Galleria Parkway and Cumberland Boulevard.

Williams’s project has applied through the Development Authority of Cobb County for 10 years of tax abatements. That incentives package is up for approval by

the Cobb Board of Tax Assessors on Wednesday.

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December 02, 2013
If the MDJ wants to check someone out, check out Mason Zimmerman.
Lib in Cobb
December 02, 2013
A few thoughts:

*This is a lousy deal for Cobb.

*The BOC minus Ms Cupid did not have Cobb residents in mind when they made this deal

*The traffic is going to be a nightmare on top of the current traffic nightmare.

*Those employers in the current office buildings will move because of the traffic causing employees to be late on a regular basis.

*The construction jobs will not go to Cobb residents, they will go to whomever is on the construction company's list. The list is already over flowing.

*When the current financing plan falls apart every Cobb resident will be on the hook.

*The condos are going to be difficult to sell because access to those units will be a nightmare on game day. Any savvy buyer will recognize this.

*When the Braves decide that this park is no longer good enough, Cobb will be on the hook to deal with this white elephant, just like ATL has to deal with Turner field.

*By the time all of this comes to fruition, Tim Lee and his band of yes men/women will have good jobs with the Braves or the developers, yes, pay off jobs.
Stephen GeorgeJr MPA
December 01, 2013
Good article shedding light on the spuriousness of these land development deals in the wake of the shrouded Cobb/Braves MOU. I am interested in discovering more about who has "secret fiduciary interests" in this political kangaroo court? It did not go unnoticed when I asked the question of who had "secret/undisclosed fiduciary interests" in this project that Tim Lee remained SILENT!
GuidO Sarducci
November 30, 2013
If the people of Cobb County were as stupid as these people seem to think we are, we would not be able to find our way out of the bed in the morning.

Is there a living soul in Cobb County who truly

believes that this was not all concocted in advance, in secret, in the finest of the good ole boy tradition?

Now that the voting has been done and people are pumped up on the "kool-aid" served them by Lee, the CCID, the Chamber of Commerce, Superior Plumbing and others, including this newspaper, watch the crap start oozing out, just like this announcement.
Your Name
November 30, 2013
And meanwhile the eyesore apartment complex just north of the stadium site catches fire. Just a coincidence, I'm sure.
Yeah Right...
November 30, 2013
Let the palm greasing begin...

Just did not think details would emerge so quickly.
Kevin Foley
November 30, 2013
We will be seeing lots of the "coincidences" popping up in the wake of the the biggest corporate give away in Cobb County history. See my column on the Braves deal for another "coincidence" involving Scott & Associates, the Atlanta real estate outfit.

I just hope the feds are watching.
Rick Z
November 30, 2013
These are the kind of projects that worry me more than the Braves stadium. There will be meticulous planning surrounding the impact brought by the Braves. But the increased congestion brought by nearby developmental projects like this will be handled in the usual laissez-faire, haphazard manner.
November 30, 2013
With the tax abatements, thus continues the financial rape of Cobb Tax payers.
December 02, 2013
I would like to see a complete list of land sales and all parties (not LLC/law offices/trusts/corps) disclosed for the prior 3 months.

It's time we knew who runs Bartertown!

(TBH I'm very happy to see that Rich Pellegrino and his merry band were cut out of the action, though.)
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