Senior living plan delayed in east Cobb
by Jon Gillooly
September 13, 2013 04:45 PM | 4387 views | 5 5 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
East Cobb Commissioner Bob Ott and Kevin Isakson, director of sales and marketing for Isakson Living, look over the area where the company is hoping to build a $200 million residential development.<br>Staff/Todd Hull
East Cobb Commissioner Bob Ott and Kevin Isakson, director of sales and marketing for Isakson Living, look over the area where the company is hoping to build a $200 million residential development.
Staff/Todd Hull
ARIETTA — With growing opposition from the east Cobb community, Buckhead-based Isakson Living has postponed until November its rezoning request for a $200 million senior residential development.

The Cobb Planning Commission was scheduled to vote on the request for the 987-unit, 53.7 acre development off Roswell Road adjacent to East Cobb Park on Oct. 1, but Isakson Living has asked for and received permission from the county’s zoning department to delay that hearing until Nov. 5.

Kevin Isakson, a resident of east Cobb and director of sales and marketing for Isakson Living, said the additional time will allow his firm to address concerns raised by the neighbors, such as the height of the proposed buildings and the development’s density.

Isakson Living received a major blow recently when the influential East Cobb Civic Association, which represents about 9,000 homeowners, announced its opposition to the development.

Association president Jill Flamm said the proposed four-story buildings, which would stand on top of a parking garage, would give the appearance of a walled city from the surrounding community.

Isakson’s request is to change the zoning from single-family homes on half-acre lots to a multi-unit retirement facility for seniors.

Flamm said Friday she appreciated that Isakson was going back to the drawing board to revise the plan.

“We’re glad to see it,” Flamm said. “We had told him before that we would happily take a look at any new plans that he would care to present us, and given that he’s asked for the continuance now, it will give us more time, and plus, more importantly, all the neighbors’ time to look at this proposal and form an opinion.”

Flamm said she looks forward to reviewing Isakson’s new plan to see what changes he makes.

Commissioner Bob Ott, who represents the area on the Board of Commissioners, was also pleased by the news.

“I always think it’s a positive when a developer and an applicant basically acknowledges that the community’s concerns and interests are important, so the fact that they’ve asked for a continuance to allow time to make changes, which I have not seen, and try to address some of the community’s concerns, I think that’s always a positive,” Ott said.

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September 30, 2013
If anyone has seen the hideousness on the backside of that WellStar construction site, they'd been very concerned about what will happen over 10 years with the Isackson one.

Meetings with the community, are you kidding. They meet during the day, in awkward locations and times, get routinely "rescheduled" and NEVER posted on the website. Anyone with a job can't attend. They, to my knowledge, are not recorded or streamed anywhere so folks can see them.

Emailing the commissioners is total joke, and I'm sure they are bulk deleted each day.

Lucky for them no one is running for office this year.

September 14, 2013
Until the traffic is better managed on Roswell Rd. between Johnson Ferry Rd. and East Piedmont Rd. there should be a moratorium on new development.

When meetings with the public regarding the new WellStar facility going up nearby on Roswell & Providence were held it was stated that there would be no entrance on Roswell Rd... yet Cobb DOT has been feverishly constructing a Roswell Rd. entrance there for the last two weeks. What WellStar wants WellStar receives. When do their priority traffic signals get installed? Early 2014?

Nobody trusts the county or the developers to keep their word. The developers make their money and don't have to deal with the miserable traffic aftermath in that already congested corridor.
September 16, 2013
I attended those meetings with Wellstar. What they promised the community was no entrance on Providence Road.

Roswell Road 120 is a state road so Cobb is not doing anything with the median break. That is a GDOT project.

I didn't want them there either but at least get your facts straight
September 13, 2013
Well just think if Cobb had a Neighborhood Notification Initiative, like a lot of other progressive areas the developer would have already had meetings with the concerned citizens.

But then two of the naysayers are Flamm and Ott.

Does that tell you something???? If it doesn't you need to get involved and quickly.
September 16, 2013
Guess we all know you don't live in the area, otherwise you would know about all the meetings the developer had with the community. Even after all of his presentations we still think it is too big. Make sure you know what you are talking about before you throw spears.
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