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377-unit senior living development proposed in South Hall
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Rezoning has been approved for a 377-unit senior living development at 2846 Friendship Road in South Hall. - photo by Jeff Gill

A 377-unit amenity-filled, senior living housing development is proposed off Friendship Road in South Hall.

Friendship Road 53 LLC is set to go before the Braselton Planning Commission on Monday, April 23, seeking a rezoning that would allow the “Friendship Village” development on 63 acres at 2846 Friendship Road, or between Windgate Drive and Sardis Church Road.

The development would feature a mix of single-family, independent living, assisted living and memory care units, said Shaun Adams, the project’s representative, in a letter to Braselton officials.

Also planned are two clubhouses with fitness facilities, swimming pools and walking trails stretching through 9 acres, plus another 39,000 square feet of “neighborhood-serving retail space,” he said.

“The proposed use … is suitable for the location and consistent with the surrounding neighborhoods along Friendship road,” said Adams, who couldn’t be reached for comment.

The company is seeking to rezone from agriculture and residential categories to planned unit development.

A traffic study done as part of the request says that Friendship Road at Woody Springs Drive and Friendship at Sardis Church would be significantly impacted” by the development.

The study recommends traffic lights at both intersections, as well as a northbound right-turn lane at Friendship and Woody Springs.

In a project completed in recent years, Friendship Road/Ga. 347 was widened by the Georgia Department of Transportation to six lanes — four lanes in some places — between Interstate 988 and Old Winder Highway/Ga. 211.

Friendship runs entirely in Hall County and through portions of Buford, Flowery Branch and Braselton.

The planning commission can only recommend action on Friendship Road 53’s request. The Braselton Mayor and Council, which is set to hold a public hearing May 10 on the issue, has final say.

Braselton Planning Commission

What: Proposed rezoning for a 377-unit senior living development at 2846 Friendship Road in South Hall

When: 7 p.m. Monday, April 23

Where: Braselton Police and Municipal Court Building, 5040 State Route 53

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