Chairman Lee has endorsed the Isakson Living proposal for a huge Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) development on the Tritt property on Roswell Road next to East Cobb Park. “I support it,” Lee told the Marietta Daily Journal in an article on January 1, 2015. Lee's statements to the Marietta Daily Journal are odd given that other Cobb Commissioners have consistently stated that they are not allowed to give opinions about zoning applications before those cases are heard before the Board of Commissioners.
Chairman Lee goes on to basically paint the Isakson Living opposition as a bunch of tree huggers: “Folks believe there’s a way to make it an extension of East Cobb Park. The folks that are against it because they want it to be park land are not being realistic. It just isn’t going to work. It’s not an option,” Lee said.
While we would all like more parks and green space in East Cobb, that is not the primary reason the Concerned Citizens are opposed to the Isakson Living proposal. Nor should the need for senior housing be a primary reason to support Isakson Living's plan. This is a zoning application, pure and simple, and the primary concern is how it would impact the neighborhood. The Isakson Living proposal is a huge 4-story apartment complex, plus a dense subdivision, with roughly 500 total units. If the Tritt property must be developed, we would much prefer a normal subdivision, that would be built at a scale and intensity that fits with the neighborhood. A normal subdivision also has little chance of failure, unlike Isakson Living's development in Peachtree Hills, which has been stalled for nearly 10 years. The Tritt property is zoned Low Density Residential, and it should remain that way. We are most concerned that East Cobb remains a great place to live.