In November the City of Marietta will have a bond issue on the ballot. The goal would be to raise $68 million dollars to buy and demolish a large swath of property in the Franklin Road area. Thankfully Red Hare Brewery is not part of this deal. They get to stay and keep making that wonderful Watership Brown Ale.
Anyways, I digress. The Marietta Daily Journal has a pretty good write up on the issue. There are a few problems around that area and it’s seen as a bit of a blight holding back growth and development.
Of the $68 million allocated for the bond, $4 million is earmarked for pedestrian and landscape improvements to Whitlock Avenue.
Dan Conn, the city’s public works director, said a portion of the money would be used to line the street from Oakmont Drive to Kirkpatrick Drive on both sides with sidewalks.
The less than one mile stretch, a block west of North Marietta Parkway to a block east of Marietta High School, would also include new traffic signal technology that could help with the commuter traffic congestion, Conn said.
The real question on this issue will be, do voters that live in North Marietta actually care about this issue on the southeast side? If they don’t see it as a value, I doubt they would be willing to increase their property tax to pay for the bond debt.