MARIETTA — A new senior facility including 14 acres of park could be coming to west Cobb after the Development Authority of Cobb County unanimously approved a request for over $24 million in tax-exempt bonds for Brickmont Assisted Living, which operates several assisted living homes in the metro area.
Brickmont West Cobb is set to consist of 131 units in a two-story, 113,000-square-foot building on Dallas Highway not far from Barrett Parkway. It will employ 85 people. The Cobb County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved it in February.
Owner and developer David Vickers said the facility is set to include amenities such as a movie theater, beauty salon and activity rooms, but the main draw will be the hill and wooded area set aside as green space.
“The park is something that has got 100% support from the neighborhoods and the commission, and that’s the added benefit of this,” Vickers told the development authority Tuesday.
The area previously contained the home of the late Herbert Collins, who was 88 years old in 2016 when he sought to sell the property to developer Columbia Properties.
Collins died in May 2018, but his heirs now plan to sell the property to host the senior living home.
Vickers said the spot was previously set to host a neighborhood, which would have seen the property bulldozed and clear cut.
“I contacted the owner, and he had a contract on his desk to sell the land to a residential developer, which would have leveled the hill, cut down all the trees,” Vickers said. “And I went to him with the plan, I said, ‘Look, I know this seems a little bit risky to you because you’ve got the zoning in hand and I’m going to have to have it rezoned, but your family’s from here. This is really what needs to happen.’”
Authority Vice Chairman Bob Morgan, who lives in west Cobb, said neighbors will be relieved that the trees are set to stay.
“That’s always been a concern of people who live out there, that that whole place was just going to be leveled and just have a big parking lot there,” he said. “So I think this is great for the community because it leaves that hill right where it is, and I know I’ve got a couple friends that live in Sterling Estates. It just seems like anytime we get one of those things, they fill up. I think it’s a great thing for the community.”
Authority member Donna Rowe, who works in real estate, said she has seen a number of seniors who have had to leave the area because there’s nowhere nearby for them.
“There’s a great need for this out there,” she said. “I’ve seen it. I’ve been in on selling their houses. They have no place to go. They want to stay.”
Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the development authority agreed to administer state grants to two projects it had previously approved. The authority will serve as a conduit from the state for a $250,000 grant for manufacturer Plethora, which is moving to Cobb County from California, and for a $500,000 grant for Floor and Décor, which is expanding and moving its headquarters from Lake Park Drive in Smyrna to a new location on Windy Ridge Parkway.