A citizens group fighting the proposed Isakson Living senior facility in East Cobb is holding a public meeting Wednesday to gauge interest in expanding East Cobb Park.
The newly formed "Friends for Tritt Park" will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the East Cobb Library, 4880 Lower Roswell Road, in the Parkaire Landing Shopping Center.
The group is an offshoot of Concerned Citizens over Isakson Living, which actively opposed rezoning of Tritt family property next to East Cobb Park for a 987-unit complex that included five-story buildings and a parking garage underneath.
Isakson Living withdrew the request earlier this month in the face of community opposition and said it will likely refile its application early next year.
Kevin isakson, the developer's director of sales and marketing, said his firm still wants to build on the Tritt land. But it must obtain rezoning from low-density residential to continuing retirement care community, a relatively new zoning category in Cobb County.
The Tritt Park group's intent is to see whether there's enough community support to purchase the 53.7 acres on Roswell Road owned by Wylene Tritt that's under contract to Isakson Living and convert it into an extension of the park.
The CCRC designation was created by the Cobb Board of Commissioners in 2008. The only other rezoning application for that use, proposed for the Austell area, was withdrawn in 2009.
Robert Burke of the Concerned Citizens group, who is also pitching the Tritt Park idea, wrote in a post Monday urging that the CCRC category be amended to prevent high-density proposals in low-density residential areas.
Behind the Tritt property are several single family neighborhoods, Hidden Hills and Mitsy Forest, which have ben most vocal about the Isakson Living plans.