Hospital Authority votes today on WellStar East Cobb campus
by Kim Isaza
November 13, 2012 12:38 AM | 2810 views | 3 3 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — The Kennestone Hospital Authority will vote today on whether to accept ownership of the East Cobb Health Park.

The Authority is a government body, which means that if it takes ownership of the land, WellStar won’t have to go through the county’s zoning process to build its health park. The Authority would then lease the property back to WellStar.

The Hospital Authority will meet at noon today in the boardroom of WellStar’s administration building, 805 Sandy Plains Road. The meeting is open to the public.

Bob Prillaman, chairman of the authority, hasn’t decided how he’ll vote.

“You have to be open, in any meeting, particularly if you’re the chair,” Prillaman said. “These folks all are people who’ve given so much to this community one way or another, and they’ll make a good solid decision, as I hope I will.

“It is our health system. We’re not there to pass judgment,” Prillaman said. “We have no financial interest one way or another. We just vote on what we think is best for the health system and the citizens of Cobb County.”

The Authority will hear public comment from up to three speakers for the plan and three against, and each of those speakers will have five minutes.

Other members of the Kennestone Authority are Tom Phillips; Randall Bentley, Sr.; Bill Enete; Butch Thompson; Bill Hutson; Janet J. Street; Charles J. Jones and Dr. Paul Payne.

WellStar wants to build a 250,000-square-foot health park on 23 acres of land at the corner of Roswell and Providence Roads in east Cobb. The project was first announced in 2010.

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Commonsense61
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November 13, 2012
My dear 62, How is what's perfectly legal " fundamentally wrong"?

And no, I wouldn't complain about somebody else using their own property.

If you want to control what goes on with another piece of property, then buy it, and if not, then pipe down.

The East cobb way of life? What's that besides more and more development. Seems like this would be a perfect fit....unless of course you're A Nimby.

Commonsense61
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November 13, 2012
When NIMBYs oppose a medical facility,, it's time to draw the line. People in east cobb would complain if they were handing out hundred dollar bills on a street corner.

Go ahead and build it.
Commonsense62
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November 13, 2012
This is NOT a NIMBY issue. It is fundamentally wrong and illegal to avoid ALL zoning oversight, and to do so without any elected official signing off.

If I were your neighbor, and decided to have a party for 100 cars each day beside 3 schools and bus stops- would you want to be able to complain to somebody?

As a taxpayer we have a right to protect our property values and way of life. Answer honestly and you would change your tune.

The efforts that have been made to co-opt this CON process are appalling, and the judge who overturned this saw exactly what what happening. His ruling was a slap on this poor practice.

Illegally going through the back door and pretending like this community has a NEED for this facility and should be treated special from everyone else is a FARCE.

Deny the CON and have them build their facility with zoning- OFF of Providence Road.
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