Docs: (Oct 2013) Flyer promoting Magnolia Crossing for development.

Produced by the Cobb County Government, a flyer promotes the redevelopment of the Magnolia Crossing apartments:

Archived here: FLYER-Cobb-Magnolia-Crossing


Late October, 2015 – WSB-TV story.

WSB-TV’s Ross Cavitt reported on the impact of the Magnolia Crossing purchase and the notice of demand for residents to relocate.



Cobb County Gov article: SCRA purchase of Magnolia Crossing

South Cobb Redevelopment Authority closes on $3.7 million purchase of Magnolia Crossing Apartments

(Marietta, GA – Oct. 15, 2015) Today, the South Cobb Redevelopment Authority (SCRA) closed on the $3.7 million purchase of Magnolia Crossing Apartments located at 490 Six Flags Drive in Austell. The property was purchased using funds from the $10 million redevelopment bond approved by the Cobb County Board of Commissioners and South Cobb Redevelopment Authority in July 2015. The property was assessed at a value of $4.2 million. SCRA intends to demolish the apartment complex and market the site to master developers to spur economic growth in the corridor.Dana Johnson, director, Cobb County Community Development Agency, said the Marietta Housing Authority is under contract to manage the property effective October 16, 2015 and will oversee the demolition phase. The SCRA and the Marietta Housing Authority will assist residents as they transition to new housing.

“After the current residents are successfully transitioned and the demolition is complete, the Authority will issue an RFP for partners who wish to bid to work with the Authority and county on redevelopment,” said Johnson.

Per public and business community input, the property was selected for purchase due to the following:
•    The site accounts for 33 percent of all public safety responses on Riverside Parkway (a.k.a. Six Flags Drive)
•    The site has vacancy rate of 35 percent which is double and triple to surrounding properties
•    The site is in a state of disrepair

In 2011, the Georgia General Assembly approved local legislation that allowed for the alteration, expansion, and renaming of the South Cobb Development Authority to be (SCRA). The purpose of the SCRA is to revitalize and redevelop areas that have been underinvested or underutilized in the past. The overall intent is to promote/create favorable locations for trade, commerce, industry, and employment opportunities. This is accomplished through the financing of projects that promote the purpose of the authority and assist redevelopment activities through strategic investments, low interests bonds, land banking, and other means.

Ed Richardson, Chairman, South Cobb Redevelopment Authority is excited about this important step for redevelopment in South Cobb. “Special thanks to Commissioner Cupid and Chairman Lee for their leadership and partnership on this important project,” said Richardson.



Archived here: SCRA-purchasing-announcement

Welcome to the Magnolia Crossing campaign website.

Magnolia Crossing was bought out on October 15, 2015.  Residents were expected to be moved out by January 31, 2016.  There are families unable to move out because their low income does not allow them the resources needed to fund a relocation while staying current on their rent and other bills.  Sweetwater Mission, a charity that focuses on preventing homelessness and hunger, has stepped in and helped some of the families relocate to other housing.  However, not many people were made aware of the extent of the crisis that the remaining families are facing; evictions are anticipated soon.

This campaign was started in order to offer to the entire community information, to raise awareness on the plight of dozens of families facing homelessness, to pressure those in authority to allow extra relocation time, and and to ask the community at large to donate to Sweetwater Mission’s “Magnolia Crossing” residence relocation assistance project.

You can make an impact for success by donating to Sweetwater Mission:
Write Magnolia Crossing in the Memo line.

This site will be updated throughout this campaign, so check back for more information as we post it.

— Amy Barnes,
Campaign Organizer for
Georgia Community Coalition