Cobb denies senior living subdivision

A senior living subdivision was denied 5-0 Aug. 21 by the Cobb County Board of Commissioners.

For ages 55 and older, Century Communities of Georgia had wanted to build 80 houses on 42 acres at 1945 and 1949 Lost Mountain Road on the northeast side and north of Macland Road, according to the applicant’s attorney Kevin Moore.

With 10,000 people turning age 55 every day, Moore said Atlanta leads all metro regions in the nation with those senior citizens.

For the first time in U.S. history in 10 years, more people will be over age 65 than under age 18, Moore added.

The highest demand for housing in metro Atlanta is for senior citizens; and this density of 1.9 units per acre is “almost unheard of in an age-restricted area,” Moore said.

Founded in 2002, Century Communities - in 2017 ranked 26th among the Fortune 100 Fastest-Growing Companies - builds single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and flats in metropolitan locations in 12 states across the West, Mountain, Texas and Southeast regions, according to the company’s website at CenturyCommunities.com.

Among the 21 present in opposition, Bill Satterfield said 651 homes for senior citizens are built or being planned within three miles of this area and these proposed homes would cost $200,000 compared to his and others with homes worth $400,000 to $1 million.

Also in opposition, Cheryl Abrams said the density is not compatible since some people reside on lots of 5 to 10 acres.

Representing that area, Commissioner Bob Weatherford said this proposal has been recommended for denial by the Cobb Planning and Zoning Commission and the county staff and is “not in conformity with the surrounding area” - though “we certainly have a need for this type of community.”

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