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2 older adult communities seek approval this week
A 158-unit senior living community is proposed on this nearly 9-acre site off Friendship Road/Ga. 347 east of Spout Springs Road in South Hall.

Older adult proposals

Gainesville City Council

What: Vote on Spring Road Group’s proposal for a 110-unit community off Spring and McEver roads

When: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Gainesville Justice Center, 701 Queen City Parkway

Hall County Planning Commission

What: Vote on Devron Communities’ proposal for a 158-unit community off Friendship Road/Ga. 347 in South Hall.

When: 5:15 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville

Two older adult communities proposed in Hall County are up for approval Tuesday as they go before government officials.

Spring Road Group is seeking Gainesville City Council’s OK Tuesday to annex 10 acres off Spring and McEver roads, near Gainesville Exploration Academy, for a 110-unit active adult community.

Fifty units are proposed within a three-story apartment building, and 60 units would be attached two-bedroom units with one-car garages. The complex proposes several amenities, including a swimming pool, tennis court and community house.

Spring Road Group got the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board’s approval June 14.

“I think it looks like a good project and will improve the area,” board member Jane Fleming said.

No one spoke in opposition during a public hearing on the request, and the proposal also is supported by city planning staff.

“Given the proposal is for an active adult community, there will be less of an impact on the surrounding properties and the Gainesville City School System than if the property were developed as a traditional multi-family apartment complex,” states a city report.

City Planning Manager Matt Tate has said the city did receive a response from the city police department about the proposal.

“They say the proposed annexation could result in a slight increase in calls for service … (which) will soon require additional officers be added to the police department to maintain the type of service the citizens of Gainesville expect,” he said.

The council will consider the request at a meeting set for 5:30 p.m. at the Gainesville Justice Center, 701 Queen City Parkway.

In the other housing proposal, Devron Communities is set to ask the Hall County Planning Commission to give its blessing to a 158-unit senior living community on nearly 9 acres off Friendship Road/Ga. 347 east of Spout Springs Road in South Hall.

Devron, which is seeking a change in current zoning to allow the development, wants to put up a three-story main building and two one-story bungalows.

The complex would have 86 independent living units, 48 assisted living units and 24 memory care units. Also planned are commercial uses “intended to serve the immediate residents of the development,” according to the proposal.

Hall County planning staff is recommending approval based on several conditions, including that the commercial development not exceed 10,000 square feet.

The planning board will consider the request at a meeting set for 5:15 p.m. at the Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville.

The board’s recommendation will be forwarded to the Hall County Board of Commissioners for final action set for July 28.