I’m writing to you to express our sincere concern and frustration regarding the sale of and expansion plans for the site of a Jewish Community Center behind us for use as a high school. This plan is about to negatively impact our quiet little east Cobb community if allowed to move forward.
The Shirley Blumenthal Park / Jewish Community Center on Post Oak Tritt is up for sale and talks are well underway with Mount Bethel Christian Academy to expand to begin serving high school students.
It appears that this has all been handled in a rather secretive manner, thus preventing our community from being notified or providing any feedback regarding concerns. Stoney Brook Lane (Holly Springs North Subdivision, even though there is no signage to designate the Subdivision name) is a quiet, well maintained neighborhood comprised largely of residents that have resided here for 40-plus years. The Jewish Community Center is right in front of our neighborhood, thus of great interest.
All of the residents here have a severe problem with egress in and out of the community as it is. We can’t turn left onto Holly Springs (traffic backs up, dangerous) and we can’t turn left onto Post Oak Tritt from Sara Drive (dangerous, traffic backs up). A new subdivision at the corner (Mabry Manor) will already be adding significant unwanted traffic at this location. Add to this the increase in folks travelling to and from the academy, as well as the expected school buses, etc. and the result is something that could make residents who have been happy here for so long want or need to move.
Currently, we can hear the loud noise from the sports events and band practices at Sprayberry High School, but at least that’s diluted just a bit due to the distance. The noise and traffic from the upcoming school events of the academy will be right in our backyard, so of course are expected to be much worse.
We would like to know why this has all been handled in such a hush-hush manner. The answer is that it was likely to reduce the chatter and inevitable protests against the project.
The residents who live on Stoney Brook Lane take pride in our community and the majority take great care of their homes and yards, maintaining an overall positive aesthetic and appeal to the quiet area. This news certainly does not sit well with us. We feel that we should have been notified in some way much earlier.
Our hope is this does not go through. The area’s infrastructure and roads cannot handle the influx.
We have written to the Cobb County District 3 Commissioner JoAnn Birrell asking for some form of communication to accommodate a “give-and-take’ regarding issues and concerns and an evaluation based on those issues and concerns. The people who live here know the list of issues and concerns better than anyone and would appreciate the opportunity to be involved.
Ernest and June Brown