Councilman granted $4.25M for mixed-use project by Cobb Development Authority ...
What the!? wrote - I hope Philip Goldstein's new building is not as pig-ugly and out-of-place as the stucco and glass eyesore that those who DO live near the Square have to look at. A few more stories on a building can't be any worse than that. What ding-dongs approved that theater makeover anyway?
Not again wrote - This is the second time he's tried to build something stupid in Marietta. Remember last time it was going to be a 14-story high rise next to the William Root House Museum? It would have blocked the view of Kennesaw Mountain from the Square, and it would have towered over the poor little house museum! He has no concept of what it means to have a "historic" square, and I hope he fails. If I remember correctly, didn't they just tear down a bunch of old buildings on Washington Avenue to build a condo/office monstrosity next to the National Cemetery? Last time I checked, it was still without many (if any) tenants. Goldstein is just gonna build another ugly, inappropriate, oversized hulk of a structure that nobody even wants to (or afford to) rent or lease.
MariettaGirl wrote - How is this new building going to fit into the Historic Marietta look we want for our square? We advertise to visitors this way, so will the building be designed to fit in with our historic buildings and storefronts? I'm glad to see more done to bring business to our city, but we don't want or need to disregard our rich history.
It's about time wrote - Great news that Goldstein is taking a risk and making an investment in the Square in the midst of a very poor market. Just a few questions:
Is the proposal in full compliance with zoning? Does it have all necessary permits? Does the zoning ordinance require on-site parking for commercial buildings on Marietta Square? How many people are spending $4.25 million on commercial investments anywhere in Cobb? Would there be any issue about this if someone else owned the building and was making the proposal? If someone has been criticized for not investing enough to improve downtown properties, isn't it better that he is actually making an investment?
I'm really getting sick of people who have accomplished nothing in their own lives (like tax delinquent Councilman Johnny Sinclair) and the shameless cut-off-your-nose-to-spite-your-face pettiness of some people.
gb656 wrote - I wish the article explained what a $4.25M inducement is. Where is the money coming from?
Marietta is great wrote - Assault on the Square? The assault would be to add more parking. There is plenty of parking around the Square and if Goldstein thinks he can sell or rent space without parking, then more power to him. We need more residents living on or near the Square who do not contribute to the traffic around the Square once they arrive home at night. The merchants on the Square need more people living within walking distance of shops and restaurants too. This project seems to make sense in every way. The density seems appropriate and the uses seem appropriate. Now, Mr. Goldstein's next project should include redevelopment of the eyesore parking lot at Mill Street and the Loop.
Dustoff wrote - This deal stinks just as bad as Tim and Sam's behind the scenes deal with the Chamber!
Blown gasket wrote - I had to read this article three times to make sure I wasn't hallucinating! Philip has, once again, managed to get preferential treatment from people who should know better! Building a five-story building that is unsuitable for the surrounding area and getting money at a very desirable rate. This man has managed to get a town to finance and rehab a building he owns (the Strand Theatre), and now, never mind what he wants to do, it's great, its redevelopment! Where are the people who are supposed to be running this town and why, except for Johnny Sinclair, have they not spoken out?
Editorial: Promises made ... and promises broken, over and over …
CCAE member wrote — I’m disappointed that our organization would pick someone like Cobb school board member John Abraham to train others. It’s like having the wolf train the new sheepdog! None of the existing board should have any contact with elect-hopefuls. Let’s don’t corrupt them before they even start!
Goes badly wrote — You say he is a “good man.“ What is your evidence?
SouthernGal wrote — Good ... now we need to get rid of the rest of them!
Board Watcher wrote — Shame Abraham is not running again. I would have loved to see him get what he deserves.