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55-home development proposed in Flowery Branch
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A 55-acre home subdivision is proposed on 11.54 acres off East Main Street in Flowery Branch. City Council is set to consider a rezoning on the project Thursday evening. - photo by Jeff Gill

A 55-home subdivision is proposed off East Main Street in Flowery Branch.

Frank McGowan of McGowan Family Farming Partnership Inc. is proposing to put together two tracts — 7.34 acres off East Main and 4.2 acres owned by First Baptist Church off Spring Street — for the “The Branches at East Main.”

Flowery Branch City Council

What: Proposed rezoning for a 55-home subdivision off East Main Street

When: 6 p.m. Thursday

Where: City Hall, 5517 Main St.

Drawings of the projects show two-story homes with wood and stacked stone, a landscaped entrance and monument sign.

McGowan owns the 7.34 acres and “has a sales agreement in place” for the church property, according to the rezoning ordinance.

The proposal, calling for the rezoning of the 11.54-acre site from multifamily residential and institutional to planned unit development, is set to go before the Flowery Branch City Council Thursday evening.

A public hearing is scheduled on the matter, as well as first reading of the ordinance by the council.

The subdivision is proposed on land between Atlanta Highway/Ga. 13 and Thurmon Tanner Parkway near Phil Niekro Boulevard.

The area is largely undeveloped except for a few scattered homes.

Last year, in the same area, a St. Simons Island-based developer was seeking to rezone 7 acres for a 60-unit affordable housing project geared to residents 55 and older.

Clement & Co. principal Mitchell Davenport got the rezoning approval for the project, but he was hoping to use a low-income tax credit program through the Georgia Department of Community Affairs to build the complex.

The development didn’t make the cut as part of a statewide competitive process that wrapped up in November 2016.

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