303-Unit Project Near Six Flags Receives Approval From Cobb County Planning Commission

The unanimous vote follows zoning staff recommending denial
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The Cobb County Planning Commission on Tuesday voted 5-0 in favor of plans for a 303-unit apartment project about half-a-mile west of Six Flags Over Georgia. The development, which will rise on a 27-acre site bordered by Cityview Drive to the north and I-20 to the south, is being led by Alexandria, Virginia-based Bonaventure Investments.

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The commission’s unanimous vote comes despite a recommendation of denial of the project by zoning staff, which argued that the proposed development’s density is “out of character with adjoining residential uses” in a summary of its analysis.

Representing Bonaventure, Kitchens Kelley Gaynes attorney David Cooper said during the Tuesday meeting that the plans are in line with a 2012 county overlay study that called for multifamily use at the undeveloped, wooded project site.

“This is a really great project,” Cooper said. “It’s going to be a benefit to the Six Flags district and the special services district of which it is a part. It is proposing to bring what we think is a roughly $60 million investment into the Six Flags Special Services District.”

Project plans call for about 90 one-bedroom units, 170 two-bedrooms, and 48 three-bedrooms with average sizes of 808 square feet, 1,075 square feet, and 1,376 square feet, respectively. Bonaventure’s expected average rents are listed as $1,350 for ones, $1,600 for twos, and $1,925 for threes.

The apartment buildings within the development will have four-story front-facing facades and five-story rears, reaching a maximum height of about 50 feet.

Amenities will include a clubhouse, pool, and dog park, according to the project site plan.

The development will also provide 534 parking spaces.

The project team also received feedback when its scheduled June hearing date was deferred by the planning commission to this week to give Bonaventure time to receive more community input. Community members voiced a request for retail, and Bonaventure responded by adding a 3,000-square-foot commercial component to its plans, decreasing the unit count from 305 to 303, Cooper said.

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Dean Boerner

Dean Boerner

Dean Boerner is a California-based writer previously with Bisnow and the San Francisco Business Times. He received his bachelor's degree in economics and business from Saint Mary's College of California, where he also served as the editor-in-chief of The Collegian, the school's campus newspaper. Before that, he spent two years as the publication's sports editor, and he remains a committed fan, for better or worse, of his Sacramento Kings, San Francisco Giants, and Saint Mary's Gaels.
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