Proposed storage facility for the East Cobb closed cinema
A developer looking to convert the old Park 12 Cobb cinema in East Cobb into a storage facility wants a little more time to prepare their case.
On Monday, Stein Investment Group sent a letter to the Cobb Zoning Office requesting a postponement of the proposal’s initial hearings until July.
Stein’s application for a special land use permit is on the Cobb Planning Commission agenda for next Tuesday, June 1.
Zoning staff recommended approval with certain conditions. but Garvis Sams, a Stein lawyer, written in the letter that the delay is necessary “in order to carry out all the tasks for which it is responsible”.
He was no more precise than that.
In addition to a SLUP (sitemap here), which is required for self-storage facilities in the unincorporated Cobb, Stein also amends a previous zoning decision for the general commercial category that had been approved for the theater.
The SLUP would be heard by the Planning Commission on July 6 and the “Other Business” item would be heard by the Cobb Commissioners on July 16.
12 Cobb Park closed in late 2020, more than three years after a community struggle to keep it open as a cinema.
Area residents opposed a rezoning deal to turn the property on Gordy Parkway in Shallowford Road into a Lidl grocery store. Some wanted to have movies nearby, and others were concerned about traffic and the Cobb Commissioners Council refused the rezoning request in September 2017.
At the time, Lidl’s attorney, Parks Huff, said, “It’s not a difficult decision. This is technically a property rights issue and needs to be approved. “
The owner of the theater, Georgia Theater Company, expressed a desire to sell the property at that time.
Park 12 Cobb briefly reopened last fall after the COVID-19 shutdown, but GTC has made the decision to permanently close this cinema and others in its Georgia and Southeast area.
Another self-storage facility is located nearby, as part of the Sandy Plains MarketPlace on the former Mountain View Elementary School site.
Meanwhile, a Lidl store not far down the hallway from Sandy Plains Road is reportedly anchoring the Sprayberry Crossing redevelopment project, which is expected to be heard by the planning council again in June.
The planning commission voted to hold the case for more traffic details after a second full hearing in as many months.
The East Cobb Church mixed-use development project has also been postponed to June.
The full agenda for next Tuesday’s Planning Commission meeting can be found here.
It starts at 9 a.m. in the conference room on the 2nd floor of the Cobb government building, 100 Cherokee St., in downtown Marietta.
In-person seating will be limited due to social distancing protocols, but the meeting will be broadcast live on the county’s Facebook Live and YouTube channels and on Cobb TV 23 on Comcast Cable.
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