‘Profoundly disappointed’ by vote for bridge
May 20, 2014 10:05 PM | 2034 views | 4 4 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print

As a Church Street resident, I cannot fully express my disappointment with the manner in which the City Council dispatched the concerns of the local residents at the meeting Wednesday night.

In that meeting, the motion of an easement for the bridge was up for a vote. Councilman Andy Morris (elected to represent the 4th Ward, which includes the Church Street– Cherokee Street Historic District), immediately requested the floor and proceeded to read a letter from WellStar to the city.

Before the large crowd of residents, Councilman Morris then haltingly read his own statement that residents of his ward wanted the Church Street Bridge approved. That was not true, as attested to by the local residents attending.

When he ended reading his statement, he motioned for a vote, and it was quickly seconded by Councilman Grif Chalfant. It was clear at this point that an orchestrated move was under way to limit further discussion or input from local residents.

If the process to build the bridge will actually take three to five years, as reported, why would our elected officials need to ram this through in such a hasty manner? The city of Marietta uses its historic homes in all of their marketing campaigns, yet seems to take for granted the residents of those very homes. These homeowners pay their property taxes and shoulder the considerable burden of maintaining these beautiful old buildings, while asking the city for little in return.

This was one of the rare times we have asked for consideration. We believed that WellStar would honor its past commitment to us that it would growth north from its current site — not south into the historic district. Our disappointment with WellStar and our city leaders is profound.

Tom Johnson


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A Bridge Alternative
May 21, 2014
Perhaps I missed a previous article that offered an alternative to the controversial WellStar bridge, but in case it hasn't already been suggested, Emory University Hospital has been operating for years with below ground tunnels to connect their various buildings.

In addition to the obvious visual benefit of hiding inter-building hospital foot traffic, a below ground tunnel will experience a moderate year-round average temperature due to the effective thermal insulation of the surrounding earth. This temperature stability would mean a perpetual financial benefit requiring minimal heating in the winter and minimal cooling in the summer.

Given the above benefits, is there any chance that a below ground tunnel could be a Win/Win for the local residents and for WellStar?

totally disgusted
May 21, 2014
I was shocked when this thing was just rammed through with very little concern being shown for the residents. I think it is high time that someone try to do something to put a stop to this unbridled invasion into one of the (few) beautiful streets, lined with old and gorgeous homes. The City Council, to be frank, just makes me sick. Andy Morris should be recalled.
Geography anyone?
May 21, 2014
The new ER site is farther north than the present ER, and the hospital is actually just redeveloping property it already owns and has buildings on.

The historic district starts mid block south of Margaret Ave.and this development will be a block and a half north of that point, so how can you say the hospital is growing south into the historic district?
May 21, 2014
I agree completely that more time should have been spent on this proposal. There is plenty of room north of the hospital to accommodate an emergency room facility. The traffic nightmares alone during construction should put an end to this proposal. The historic district will suffer with the end result of the building of this facility. Very disappointing by our elected officials.
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