WellStar Health System has run roughshod over the community in which it works for years. Having absolutely no regard for the sensitivities of the area, historically and in reality, WellStar has adversely affected the quality of life for the entire neighborhood.
It is true that under the current law, hospital development authorities need not answer to either city or county governments or citizens as to how they develop their properties. This does remind one of the way that other development authorities in Cobb have behaved in recent months — above the law and apart from the community.
I would point out WellStar is not only planning a pedestrian bridge over Church Street (and I would like to know the DOT’s comments on the advisability of it) but also a huge 80,750 square foot building,which will block sun and air from the block below as well as increasing traffic and noise.
My family and I live and work within walking distance of WellStar. The historic nature of the area, the beautiful trees, the pride with which people in the area maintain their properties are reasons why we live where we do. Have you been in the areas around major city hospitals? Is that the direction in which we wish historic Marietta to go? Further, I have seen no justification for this enormous expansion of the WellStar facility. No mention of a reason why, no numbers. I have noted, however that there is a concurrence between the Board of Trustees of WellStar and the Board of the Hospital Development Authority.