So far, all of Isakson Living's plans have shown buildings packed very closely together. The latest plan shows several large buildings, but all are connected by fully enclosed, air-conditioned corridors, so it could be argued that they form one large contiguous building, built out over several years.
There appear to be areas between buildings that are unreachable by emergency vehicles. Seniors would be living in apartments facing these apparently inaccessible areas. In some cases, it looks like the closest a fire truck could get is a hundred feet or more from the apartments. We have been assured that all buildings will have fire sprinklers, but many other types of emergencies could happen, such as a tornado like the ones that crossed the Tritt property in March 2012 and June 2013. With senior residents, it seems we should be taking even more precautions.
Also, does the local fire station have the equipment to deal with an emergency at the proposed Isakson Living East Cobb? If not, who will pay for this additional equipment, Isakson Living or the Cobb taxpayer?
As we have said many times, the development does not need to be so dense. Significantly lowering the overall number of units means the buildings don't have to be packed so tightly together, and emergency vehicles can maneuver freely in the event of an emergency. Don't our seniors deserve a safe community?
We need everyone's help! Please let the Cobb County Planning Commissioners and Board of Commissioners know that the Tritt property should be kept low density. Please attend the May 6 and May 20 county meetings and stand up for your community.