Marietta rejects proposal to build 206 rental units near Kennestone Hospital

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“It is striking how much vacant land is available for development in what appears to be a prime commercial and residential area,” the Cobb County-based developer said in filings presented to the city.

The company’s vision was for 206 units consisting of 10 two-story townhouses and luxury studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments. About 14,000 square feet of medical office space was also included in the proposal.

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During the public comment portion of the meeting, several local residents spoke out against the development, citing traffic, density and aesthetic concerns.

“It’s just staggering for us to be able to consider so many homes in this small area,” said Rick Springfield, who spoke on behalf of the homeowners’ association for nearby McLaren Gates townhomes.

Janice Hoover, another resident, complained about the three deviations requested by the developer. Marietta does not permit mixed-use development on lots less than five acres and only 5% of the mixed-use units are rentable. The developer wanted to make each unit a rental apartment.

“These are big demands,” Hoover said. “… There are no other developments in our neighborhood that are 100% leased. This is a complete reversal of city ordinances.”

The council voted unanimously to deny the developer’s rezoning request, ending the project and earning a round of applause from those attending the meeting.

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