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Smyrna Apartment Gets Green Light to Rebuild

The Cobb County Board of Commissioners also approved the Airport Capital Improvement Plan annual update for the McCollum Field

A Smyrna apartment complex will be able to rebuild any unit that sustains more than 75 percent damage.

The Cobb County Board of Commissioners voted on Thursday night delete one condition placed on the Belmont Crossing apartment complex on Atlanta Road on Tuesday night which would have prohibited the complex from rebuilding an unit with such damage. That condition was inadvertently included by the planning commission, county officials said.

The "clean up" zoning request was required to go before the BOC in its zoning meeting to make sure that everything is in compliance now that it is bank-owned after going into foreclosure.

"They can't really sell it and have a clear title (without this)," District 4 Commissioner Bob Ott said.

The board also voted to purchase and demolish a home at 5046 Ceylon Drive in Austell that was "substantially damaged" by a flood in Sept. 2009. Although the property wasn't included in the 100-year floodplain at the time of the incident, it is in the 100-year floodplain proposed by a restudy of hte area and any reconstruction would require the main floor be raised a minimum of three feet above the floodplain elevation.

Purchasing the parcel would cost the county $26,150, the appraised value of the property, as well as $6,000 for the demolition and any associated legal costs.

The property is in the immediate vicinity of other properties that the county already owns or is in the process of purchasing.

In other business, the board approved the Airport Capital Improvement Plan annual update for the Cobb County Airport at McCollum Field, which includes two projects for which the county will seek grant funding in 2013 – a new air traffic control tower at 50 percent federal funding and 5 percent state funding, and improvements to Taxiways A and B at 90 percent federal funding and 5 percent state funding.

The board voted to submit a grant application for the Taxiway Improvement Projects in 2011, and this past August, the BOC approved a contract with the Georgia Department of Transportation for the reimbursement of engineering fees and design expenses for the improvements in an amount not to exceed $246,882.

The CIP’s annual update also included the submission of a grant application to the Federal Aviation Administration for the design and construction of the new air traffic control tower.

Bryan Marquardt December 22, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Worst written article I have tried to read in a long time.....check your work before publishing. Yikes!
Peggy Minchew December 22, 2012 at 02:58 PM
You are so right! Unfortunately it's pretty typical of what we see nowadays in the written media. Nobody seems to care about the quality of their work anymore.
Bob December 22, 2012 at 06:12 PM
I think a lot of the comments on this site are what we can call "the worst" things I've read, and people just don't realize just how bad these negative things make them look. Media have flaws, but people hiding behind their computers who have nothing constructive to say are worse.
MA Evans December 22, 2012 at 08:49 PM
I'd tried posting comments to other articles this author had written and was censored.
Brian December 23, 2012 at 06:57 AM
Trulia listed the estimate of the Fair Market value of 5046 Ceylon Drive as $63,000. On 12/29/2003, it sold for $144,000. On 9/27/2011, it sold for $67,680 (apparently a repossession). Then on 12/23/2011, it sold for $31,000. So what's the deal with this property and what's the real value? Was it re-assessed because of the flood damage? Is the county assessment too low due to a sweeping under-assessment for the area, or does it take into account flood damage and therefore is accurate? When they were paying taxes, was it based on the $26,150 or was it based on a lot higher assessment?
Bryan Marquardt December 23, 2012 at 02:22 PM
My constructive point was to check work before publishing. There is no excuse for sloppy work. Period. It's not the topic of the article...however, it's the responsibility of a writer to use proper grammar and sentence structure to a published body of work.

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