Proposed Isakson Living retirement community would help meet Cobb County senior housing needs
David London, a retired local realtor and longtime East Cobb park volunteer, says he and his wife, Jenny, want to stay in East Cobb for their retirement years. “I spent a career working and volunteering to help make East Cobb a great community and we want to remain here.”
With a daughter and her family living near East Cobb Park, the Londons want a retirement option that will keep them nearby but without the maintenance of a large house.
“There is a real need for a vibrant residential community that allows residents to age in place with a fulfilling quality of life,” he said. “There are many East Cobbers who are seeking amenities to enjoy now with the availability of services they will need later. We worked hard for many years and we want to be able to travel and spend quality time with our children and grandchildren in our retirement years,” he said.
The Londons, along with many others, would be able to do so with Isakson Living’s proposed development of a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in East Cobb County. The proposed residential community, currently under county consideration, would offer diverse senior living options, including independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing. With only one CCRC in the county today, having these types of service-enriched residential choices benefits the entire Cobb County community. Isakson Living filed a revised application last November to rezone the 53.7-acre Tritt property in East Cobb County.
Cobb County’s 65-plus population has increased 67 percent since 2000 and one-third of Cobb’s population is now over the age of 50. The U. S. Census predicts the senior population will double in Cobb County over the next 17 years. Isakson Living is working to incorporate suggestions from the community in the design. The CCRC’s design conserves land through the addition of landscaped buffers and reduces the height and number of homes within the proposed development. Isakson is also committed to preserving a significant amount of undisturbed green space in addition to expanding East Cobb Park.
Wylene Tritt, owner of the property for 60 years, says the project fulfills her vision for the land. “My wish is for this land to benefit the needs of Cobb County while preserving green space that will honor my family’s legacy.”
With Wylene’s wishes as well as input from others in mind, Isakson Living plans to donate 9.5 acres of green space to increase the size of East Cobb Park by nearly 50 percent. The donation is contingent upon zoning approval and acceptance by the county. The company also pledged to invest in improvements to the park, with the approval and supervision of the county and the park governing board.
Sunny Walker, park volunteer and a core member of the committee that raised funds to purchase the land for the existing park, called the donation “a rare gift.” “I can say from personal experience how difficult it is to raise money for park land,” Walker said. “This gift will be enjoyed by East Cobbers for generations to come, and would be virtually impossible to raise the funds for otherwise.”
Isakson Living has conducted a traffic study concluding that the project would add no more cars to the road during peak periods than if the property were otherwise developed as a typical single family neighborhood. The company continues to meet with civic leaders and neighborhood representatives in order to solicit input and continues to revise its plans.
The community will be required to accept only residents over the age of 62 but will not qualify for the senior citizen school property tax exemption. The project will generate significant property tax revenues for the county, adding approximately $1 million annually to the county school budget without generating any additional school-aged children. In addition to paying school taxes, the proposed community will create new jobs.
“My family has deep roots here – and we want to be good corporate citizens as well as good neighbors,” said Kevin Isakson, director of sales and marketing for Isakson Living.
About Isakson Living:
Isakson Living is a local company with offices in Atlanta and Stone Mountain. Partners Andy and Kevin Isakson successfully developed Park Springs in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Andy Isakson and his wife live in Roswell, GA where they have raised their family. Kevin Isakson grew up in East Cobb where he currently resides with his wife and three children. Please visit www.isaksonliving-eastcobb. com or contact Kevin Isakson at email@example.com for more information.
Reprinted from the March 2014 issue of EAST COBBER. Read the March issue HERE.