Local Developer Committed to Meeting Increasing Demand for Senior Housing
ATLANTA, (October 7, 2013) – Isakson Living, a local developer who in May 2013 filed to rezone 53.7 acres in East Cobb County to build a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), is withdrawing its application and intends to refile after the first of the year.
Isakson Living had previously requested a continuation from hearing dates scheduled for October 2013 to November 2013 in order to address concerns raised by the community but has since determined that more time is necessary in order to revise its plans and inform the community. “We have heard the issues the community has raised,” said Kevin Isakson, director of sales and marketing with Isakson Living. “We want to make certain they are thoughtfully addressed and the additional time will allow us to do so. Meeting the best interest of the county has always been our goal as we remained focused on making sure this project meets land use requirements, promotes regional and local economic viability, while also balancing accessibility, affordability and quality services for seniors.”
From the beginning, Isakson Living’s plan has been to support the growing demand for affordable senior housing in Cobb County. Since 2000, Cobb County’s 65 plus population has increased 67%, and currently one-third of Cobb County’s population is over the age of 50. Based on future aging population trends for the county, the housing needs of local seniors will remain an issue of critical importance. The significance of Cobb County’s aging population is even more noteworthy considering that while East Cobb has several assisted living communities, it does not currently have a CCRC and only one exists in all of Cobb County. The proven benefits of this type of senior community include attracting independent living seniors who enjoy on-site amenities for many years, as well as robust health care options on campus that provide for a full continuum of care…a very attractive benefit to seniors.”
Since Isakson Living filed for rezoning in May 2013 it has conducted numerous meetings with various homeowner associations, independent homeowners, civic and community groups. Isakson Living also launched a web site www.isaksonliving-eastcobb.com with the goal of informing the community and soliciting input. “This has been a transparent process and while there have been issues raised, it has been vital to keep in mind those who will benefit most from this CCRC…Cobb County seniors,” said Isakson. In addition to numerous meetings regarding the zoning, Isakson Living also conducted focus groups with qualified prospective residents.
Isakson Living remains committed to establishing a new CCRC in East Cobb that meets the best interest of Cobb County and its local citizens, while ensuring the ultimate design supports those who will live there.
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.