||This project has resulted
in the stabilization of a historic mill ruins and the creation of
a regional heritage park in Cobb County, Georgia. Despite the forces
of nature and man, the surviving stone walls of the mill building
have stood for over 100 years as reminders of how late 19th century
men, women and children worked and lived, using the adjacent stream
as the power source. The remnants represent the working mill portion
of the community, while housing was located downstream.
In contrast to the mill's deterioration,
the area around the mill witnessed suburban sprawl. New residential
development pushed into this once rural section of west Cobb County.
The accelerated population growth spurred local road improvement
projects, including the East-West Connector.
The road's alignment through a National
Register district, the Concord Covered Bridge/Ruff's Mill Historic
District, delayed the project for over a decade. The requirement
to obtain a US Army Corps of Engineers permit for creek crossing
activities necessitated an assessment of effects to natural and
cultural resources. The Jaeger Company and other consulting firms
reached a compromise that allowed the road's construction and at
the same time preserved the ruins and created the heritage park.
The Jaeger Company has been involved
in this process for over ten years beginning with the preparation
of a preservation plan in 1985 and culminating with studies for
the park and the preparation of construction documents for the mill's
stabilization in 1995.