A proposed 168-unit apartment complex got approval from the Oakwood Planning Commission on Monday, April 16, but with conditions that the developer seeks affordable housing units and limits access to McEver Road.
The development would sit on 11.27 acres between McEver and Pleasant Hill Road, or near Oaks Miniature Golf.
The complex would have a mixture of one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom units. It also would feature a swimming pool, clubhouse, bike paths and sidewalks.
The commission voted to rezone the site at 3625 McEver Road and 3634 Pleasant Hill Road, but the final OK rests with the Oakwood City Council, which will decide the matter at a later meeting.
Early in Monday’s discussion, Planning Commissioner Roger Roesler suggested the developer seek tax credits that would help fund affordable housing units.
“There’s an (affordable housing) shortage in this area, as rents have gone through the roof,” he said.
“We’re certainly considering that option,” said Charlie Hipple, representing the applicant, 3625 McEver Road LLC. “We know the approval process takes about a year, and we would need to submit that (proposal) by the end of May.”
“But we also think there’s a demand with the growing of (nearby University of North Georgia’s Gainesville campus), and just overall demand in the area,” Hipple said.
He said rents would normally run from $800 to $1,200 or $1,300, and the project could be completed in 1-1½ years.
There was a fair amount of discussion about the developer’s original plans to have entrances off both McEver Road and Pleasant Hill Road.
With Pleasant Hill access, “you’re going to change the character of the whole area,” Planning Commissioner Tony Millwood said.
Pleasant Hill Road has some vacant properties but is otherwise filled with single-family detached homes.
If approved, the apartment complex would mark another development on rapidly growing McEver Road.
Oakwood City Council recently approved a 255-home, mixed-use development a few miles south of the proposed apartments.
That development, between Chamblee Road and Westbrook Lane, would feature 44 townhomes and 211 single-family homes, as well as 19 acres for commercial uses that, according to the developer, is already attracting interest.
And earlier this year, Flowery Branch City Council approved a 67-home subdivision proposed off McEver between Gainesville Street and Radford Road. This week, the council is giving final consideration to annexing 109 acres for a 325-home subdivision between McEver and Gainesville Street at Chattahoochee Street.