The Riverside area of South Cobb contains the largest tourist attraction in the State of Georgia in Six Flags Over Georgia Amusement Park, yet it is also the area most in need of revitalization and redevelopment. Cobb County and the South Cobb Redevelopment Authority are working collaboratively to address redevelopment issues in the Riverside area. Redevelopment in this community will include a combination of public and private investments. The goal of the investments is to reduce crime, beautify the neighborhood and create opportunities for new private sector investment.
Potential Projects utilizing Redevelopment Bond funds
The following are a list of projects that can be funded through a special tax district for the Six Flags Area of South Cobb. The purpose of these projects is to help the community by investing in ways to improve the sense-of-place and business climate in this area of Cobb County.
- Estimated project completion
- Property acquisition
- Property abatement
- Relocation assistance
- Land preparation
- Property disposition
- Estimated project completion
- Quality-of-life Investments:
- Installation of way-finding/gateway signage
- Landscape Improvements at off ramps of I-20
- Landscape improvements Six Flags Drive from Riverside Parkway to Lee Industrial
- Landscape improvements Six Flags Parkway Six Flags Over GA to Lee Industrial
Improvement renderings have been retained by SCRA to design improvements for interchanges in South Cobb which are part of the redevelopment efforts associated with the Redevelopment Bond and the Six Flags Special Services District. View the Rendering Presentation
Mableton Design Charette
From June 14, 2010 to June 21, 2010 the Mableton community participated in the Mableton design workshop during which a vision for downtown Mableton was created. For a week, residents, businesses, and stakeholders were invited to participate in a "charette" - a design workshop. At these sessions, we identifed specific goals, such as: substantial improvements in the heart of Mableton; how we can incorporate the arts and additional community services into the area; transportation design; locations for resources such as a new elementary school; and how we will grow in decades to come.
The community, along with county staff, elected and appointed officials, other stakeholders, and the city planning team (Duaney Plater-Zyberk & Co), created an Illustrative Master Plan to show the future of this community. The plan will lead to a form-based code (SmartCode) identifying design standards, development criteria and other requirements that will ensure quality and allow developers and elected officials to work together for the long-term good of the community.
The SmartCode is far more flexible than strict, reactive zoning regulations. The new codes are based upon concepts of building livable, welcoming communities that have been refined over generations. There will be specific standards guiding how our streets look, how commercial and residential properties as well as public and private realms interact, and how neighborhoods should incorporate a range of building and housing types along with green space to create walkable neighborhoods. Mableton will become even better – it's your hometown, and these new plans will promote a true sense of community.