Planning Commission to take over South Cobb Warehouse and Townhouses

May 2 – A plan to build a major distribution warehouse near the banks of the Chattahoochee River in South Cobb is among the proposals on file with the County Planning Commission on Tuesday.

The proposal from Duke Realty, an Indiana-based investment firm, would build a nearly 140,000 square foot warehouse at the intersection of Discovery Boulevard and Mableton Parkway, where a QuikTrip and RaceTrac are currently located.

The vacant site is just over a mile from I-20 via Lee Industrial Boulevard.

County documents indicate the project would be a single-story building, with 32 spaces for tractor-trailers. Consultant Kimley-Horn, who was hired to prepare a traffic study on the development, estimated that the warehouse would generate approximately 82 truck trips to and from the facility each day.

Although county staff have recommended the project be approved, a few outstanding issues remain before its first hearing. The warehouse does not meet county design guidelines for the area, and staff noted that the project should be reviewed by Fulton County Airport given its proximity to their runway.

The Planning Commission will also take a proposal from Mableton Parkway to bring 38 townhouses to the area. This project comes courtesy of developer St. Bourke, which currently operates 48 residential developments across the state. The builder will be Kerley Family Homes, based northeast of Cobb.

The proposal was first presented late last year as a 59-unit complex, but was downgraded to 38 units after discussions with neighboring residents.

At his last hearing in February, Dan Mason of St. Bourke said the units would be around 2,000 square feet each, starting at $300,000 with only four townhouses available for rent. A section of the eight-acre property would be set aside for a community lawn and pavilion.

Locals, however, pushed back on the plan, criticizing its late filing for not giving them time to consider the proposal. Robin Meyer of the Mableton Improvement Coalition said the plan lacked key elements like sidewalks, public streets and renderings for townhouses.

“It doesn’t fit the spirit of working with the community… Probably the biggest issue here is that your professional staff didn’t have time to review the site plan,” Meyer said, calling the Planning Commission either to take the proposal for additional work or reject it outright (the commission would opt for the former).

In its latest report, the Cobb Department of Transportation further makes a number of recommendations to improve traffic flow and property access.

The Planning Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday at 100 Cherokee Street in Marietta.

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