Marietta approves Panera-anchored development near Kennestone

The Marietta City Council recently approved rezoning for a new development near WellStar Kennestone Hospital anchored by a restaurant favorite.

The developer, McWirter Realty, told the council at its meeting Dec. 14 that it plans on putting a Panera Bread Co. in the new building, said Lindsey Wiles, city spokeswoman.

The rezoning spans 120 Lewis Drive and 732 Cherokee St., which were previously zoned as office spaces.

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The application asks for allowances to build an 8,718-square-foot building and 78 parking spaces for restaurant and retail shopping purposes.

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McWirter will demolish the buildings at the Cherokee Street address, which haven’t been occupied for years, according to city staff.

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The building would be in the far west corner of the property where Lewis Drive meets Cherokee Street, “presumably to provide an outdoor patio or plaza environment,” officials said.

A representative for McWirter Realty was not immediately available for comment.

A map from the rezoning application by McWirther Realty for a 8,718-square-foot building by WellStar Kennestone Hospital. McWirter told the council it wants to put a Panera Bread Co. in the building.

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