Landowner speaks about rezoning plans
November 06, 2013 12:03 AM | 1908 views | 7 7 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR: I would like to respond to recent discussion in the community about my property and its proposed development as a senior living community.

In making my decision to sell to Isakson Living, I took great consideration of the legacy my family would be leaving the community and thoughtful stewardship of the land where I have spent most of my life. There is considerable green space in the plan including enhancement to the park and protection for adjoining neighbors.

I am almost 82 and have watched east Cobb develop for many years. I know there are many seniors who want to remain in the community and have a need for services and support. I understand that better than most, given my age, and having witnessed the growth of the county and the needs that exist.

As people get older they need places to live in close proximity to where they currently reside. If this project is approved, the development will fill a compelling need in our community by providing homes for seniors and a beautiful natural setting with green spaces and services that seniors need. It is not going to reduce the value of surrounding neighborhoods in Cobb. To the contrary, it will do quite the opposite.

I have an agreement in place to proceed with Isakson Living and appreciate the significant steps they have taken to meet my wishes and the consideration they are giving the adjoining neighborhoods. Their proposal meets the needs of seniors, does not put more children on our schools, and still provides new tax dollars to the county to serve all citizens.

I am proud to be one the original “East Cobb Countians.” But, what does it say for a community that fails to provide for its elders?

Wylene Tritt east Cobb
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it's about placement
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November 12, 2013
The proposed development is too dense (it is like an apartment complex). This is not about being opposed to "seniors" or not providing resources for seniors, on the contrary. A CCRC is more suited for more dense areas of Cobb County, keeping similar types of developments together.
Open Minded
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November 06, 2013
So now you want to attack Ms. Tritt? I'd say she made a good and wise investment. $20m sounds high but what she's getting is beside the point. The good news for us all is that people continue to want to live in East Cobb and those that have for the last 30 or 40 years want to stay. This seniors housing project gives them that choice and is an option that's largely not available to them today.

It's Back
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November 06, 2013
Ms.Tritt,

While you stated what you view to be a need in the area the area residents do not feel that what is being proposed fits at all into your property. In fact is is a gross over-development of what virtually is a small area of usable space.

I know in your retirement the 20 million offered will serve you well. This development will not serve this area well.

All it takes is a re-zoning and this large senior facility can easily be converted into apartments.

Senior Citizen
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November 06, 2013
Before a rush to judgement on this new application, East Cobb citizens deserve the time to review the facts about this new application. To Isakson Living's credit, they have responded to the concerns raised about their original plans and appear to have reduced the development size. If you thing about it, this proposal could not come at a better time...Cobb county's population is getting older. Isakson Living seeks to serve a demographic that is currently under-served in Cobb County and metro Atlanta. We should listen to what they have to say!
W1960
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November 06, 2013
I tried to get my mother in Sunrise East Cobb. We waited and waited and the staff finally told us the waiting list was long and we probably needed to go elsewhere, so we had to find her a place that was inconvenient to our home in East Cobb. We do need more of these places.
Senior 66
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November 06, 2013
Mrs. Tritt is a smart woman and has the right to sell her property at fair market value to whomever she pleases. I think those who oppose the Isakson Living CCRC might be careful what they wish for. Many would like to see it a park, but that is unrealistic. Would a couple of shopping centers, a Walmart or a post office make everyone happier. Even a residential developer would take down all the trees to build as many homes as possible....just look on Johnson Ferry Rd. Isakson Living has pledged to preserve green space and save an incredible number of trees. Their plan should be applauded!
Concerned and For
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November 06, 2013
In response to "It's Back", the tone of your comment seems harsh. First, you DO NOT speak for everyone. Living in the area, I am for it. There are not enough places for active seniors to move to after they spent their lives building this great part of Metro Atlanta. They , and me soon, do not want to move away from family and friends. Throwing money talk at the landowner is a bit rude in your context. She has the right to sell!! Another subdivision would put a minimum of 2 cars per house on the road, burden already overcrowded schools, causing big time redistricting. These folks don't drive, if they do, they are too smart to do it during rush hour.
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