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105-home active-adult community planned in Oakwood
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A 105-home active-adult development is planned off McEver Road in Oakwood. The 14-acre development would be between Old Flowery Branch Road and Crawford Oaks Drive. - photo by Jeff Gill

Another active-adult community is coming to Hall County.

The trend of housing marketed to the 55-and-older population is set to continue with a 105-home development planned off McEver Road in Oakwood. The 14-acre development would be between Old Flowery Branch Road and Crawford Oaks Drive.

“It is age-targeted but not age-restricted,” project representative Tommy Barnes said.

The development is moving forward with Oakwood City Council’s recent approval of the site plan.

Details are still being worked out about the development, Barnes said.

Initial plans by Rosewood Active Adult Communities called for prices on the one-story attached homes to run from the high-$160,000 to mid-$170,000 range.

No amenities would be featured.

Rosewood was considering a denser subdivision — 131 two-story town homes — when it approached City Council in July to rezone the property to planned residential development from highway business.

The company wanted approval for both housing plans, giving it the flexibility to develop either way, based on the findings of a yet-unfinished market study.

But the council refused to approve both plans, voting instead to give Rosewood the option of bringing back one of the plans for a future vote.

Rosewood returned with the 105-home site plan on Aug. 14. The council also voted at the time to approve a sewer allocation of 23,625 gallons per day for the development.

As part of the development, the company also would have to make road improvements, including a left-turn lane, at the McEver entrance.

Rosewood, trying to persuade officials with rezoning away from highway business, said in its original application, “The property is much more suited to the residential use … and the homes proposed will provide much-needed housing for this area.”

Active-adult and older-adult residential housing is growing in Hall County.

In June, Gainesville City Council approved an 860-home development off Dawsonville Highway/Ga. 53 at Ahaluna Drive. The next month, it agreed to annex a 10-acre site on Spring Road for a planned 110-unit active-adult community.

And an 800-home active-adult subdivision is being built in Braselton on the Hall-Gwinnett county line.

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