Many of the families that shaped East Cobb are involved in the Tritt property: the Delks, the Lassiters, and the Tritts. East Cobb schools and roads have been named in honor of these families, and interestingly the families are interconnected by marriage.
Odessa Tritt Lassiter willed the Tritt property to Wylene Tritt's late husband, Norris Tritt, in 1948, and the property was in the family for at least 80 years before that. Odessa Tritt Lassiter’s will and testament was unique in that she wrote that the trees of the Tritt property should always be preserved: Odessa’s will stipulated “No timber is to be cut off of either place except for building and repairs on these farms.” This was part of Odessa Tritt Lassiter’s legacy to her family.
The original barn from the time when Odessa Tritt Lassiter lived on the property still stands as a testament to a simpler time, when people rode in horse-drawn carriages and farmed the land.
In 2005, Mrs. Tritt donated land easements to connect Fuller’s Park and East Cobb Park, and the main bridge at East Cobb Park is named in honor of Norris Tritt, Odessa Tritt Lassiter's nephew: "The Friends for the East Cobb Park are pleased to announce a collaboration with Mrs. Wylene Tritt, the owner of the property located on the east side of Sewell Mill Creek across from East Cobb Park. The agreement reached with Mrs. Tritt is to establish a permanent easement across her property, allowing for the connection of East Cobb Park to Fullers Park."
Also, in 1832 Cobb County was formed from the former Cherokee land. We don't know the earliest history of the current Tritt land, because the Union army burned the Cobb courthouse, along with most records, in 1864, during the Civil War. However, we know from available tax lists that Jackson Delk (1814-1897) owned the land by at least 1864.
Jackson Delk was the brother of Emily Delk (1823-1891), who was the wife of William Tritt (1820-1906), and these were the great-grandparents of Norris Tritt; in fact, William Tritt and Emily Delk are the ancestors of all the Tritt family in Cobb County. Jackson Delk owned the land until his death in 1897, and then it was inherited by his son John Delk, who moved to Texas and sold the land to his brother Robert Delk in 1907. Robert Delk in turn sold the land to his first cousin David Tritt in 1916. David Tritt sold the land in 1917 to his niece, Odessa Tritt Lassiter, who owned the land until her death in 1948.
Part of the history of the Tritt property involves the Park Bonds. With the 2006 Park Bond, the Tritt property was “the only top-tier property recommended by the first citizens committee that was not purchased.” And this property was again at the top of the list for the Park Bond in 2008, which Cobb County has yet to issued. We do feel that the 2008 Park Bond should be issued as it was a voter-approved referendum that passed in November 2008 with over 65% of the vote. Even if that Bond is not used to purchase this property, the 2008 Park Bond money should be issued before re-allocating it into the Braves funding.
In April 2009 Mrs. Tritt spoke eloquently and clearly, "I would like the county to have my property so the park would be big enough for all the residents in the area to enjoy." This East Cobb area is blessed with excellent schools and convenient amenities, yet the ratio of parks per household is very low in Cobb County. From the Trails of Cobb County map, it is easy to see that this area is clearly under-served in terms of parks and trails, and in fact all of Cobb County has a need for more parkland to improve the people-to-parks ratio.
according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and
we request that a formal environmental survey be completed before any rezoning.
The Isakson Living CCRC plan for the property should be denied on its own merits: With nine 4-story tall apartment buildings, plus two other multi-story buildings, plus 65 cluster homes, it would be ridiculously intense for this area.
We know that East Cobb has the right to protect the residential character of this community, and we do not want a large-scale commercial development on the Tritt property.
Zoning codes should not be changed just because a developer wants a property for a certain goal. Zoning codes are designed to protect our neighborhood homes, schools, and parks, and as a community we are asking the Board of Commissioners to uphold these principles.
at 9:00 AM to raise your hand and vote 'No' to this development.
You can sign the Petition here to halt this development project &
give the community a chance to save the Tritt property legacy
for everyone in our community.