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‘This plan is what
was asked for’:
approved by BOC
By Chart Riggall
MARIETTA — Before a packed house in June, the
Cobb Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 to approve the
long-awaited redevelopment of the Sprayberry Crossing
Commissioner JoAnn Birrell, who represents the area,
made the motion to approve the development. Commissioner
Keli Gambrill was the lone vote in opposition.
The vote will — perhaps — bring an end to a
long-running real estate headache in Cobb County.
Commissioners, community members, and developers
have been searching for years for a solution to clean up
the blighted shopping center at East Piedmont and Sandy
Plains Roads in northeast Cobb.
Developer Atlantic Realty has sought to use the
county’s redevelopment ordinance to raze the strip mall
and bowling alley on the site, and build a mixed-use
complex featuring over 200 residential units and stores
including a Lidl grocery. The proposal has also been
among the county’s most controversial in recent memory.
Under the approved proposal, Atlantic now has
the green light to build 132 age-restricted senior
apartments, 102 for-sale townhomes, and 34,000 square
feet of retail space.
Atlantic was represented by local attorney Kevin Moore,
who gave what would be his last of many pitches for the
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A design for the Sprayberry Crossing
development in east Cobb