Tim Lee is fixated on the idea of combining his love of Oreo Cheesecake and baseball. And he’s willing to mislead to get that sweet mixture of sugar and leather.
The first time Tim Lee talked about his beloved Cheesecake Factory bridge he said it was included in the the cost of building the stadium in Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Braves and Cobb County. You don’t have to be competent county commissioner to know how unlikely that was, as we suggested in a post reviewing the MOU around a year ago:
“It is safe to say that this bridge, though specifically stated as being part of the the overall costs in the MOU, has not been budgeted.” Turns out that was correct.
Cobb County let the Atlanta Regional Commission, which specifically stated that the traffic plans the County submitted would not work at all without people circulators (read as trolleys, trams, or buses), that they would be tapping Cobb’s share of federal transit funds to fund 50% of the construction cost. Cobb County taxpayers would be responsible for the other half. That was in June.
But in July when asked if tax money would go toward the bridge construction, Tim Lee responded “Probably not. No. I doubt it,” Lee responded. “I doubt it seriously.”
Right about that time, Cobb decided to abandon the circulators, and just try to build a elevated sidewalk across the highway. The plans for this bridge indicate its length to be between 1,000 and 1,700 feet. Marta had to build an elevated walkway over Ga. 400 awhile back and it cost $32 million. Cobb budgets $9 million for theirs, despite it being 4 times as long. Oh, and according to the AJC: “the plan is to run I-75 managed lanes underneath, with the bridge providing pedestals to support future Revive I-285 lanes overhead.” That’s right, they are now building not just a Cheesecake Factory bridge, but a Cheesecake Factory bypass as well.
There is no way they can build that for $9 million. To suggest otherwise is to continue to mislead the people that actually have to pay for it.