Two six-story condominium towers overlooking Lake Lanier and connecting to the Gainesville Marina mark the latest luxury residence proposed for a city on the cusp of major growth.
The Gainesville property in question has remained undeveloped since being rezoned in 2000 for a mixed-use development with office, bank and retail.
Now, Lake 53 LLC is looking to rezone more than six acres of shorefront property that remains heavily wooded.
Seventy-nine three-bedroom, three-bathroom condos with ground-level parking and an adjacent office building are planned.
The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board will review the matter and make a recommendation to City Council when it meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, in the municipal courtroom of the Public Safety Complex, 701 Queen City Parkway.
Lake Lanier Club apartments are located nearby, and plans for a big housing development on Ahaluna Drive off heavily traveled Dawsonville Highway are expected to move forward with a new developer and builder this spring.
Meanwhile, construction on a $20 million condominium development on the downtown square with ground-level retail space will also begin this year.
The timeline for the Lake 53 project has a groundbreaking in spring or summer 2019 with a 12-month to 14-month construction schedule.
The towers, if approved, would be no more than 80 feet in height. The property would include a clubhouse, cabana and pool. A walkway with railing leading to and from the marina would also be built.
According to city staff reports, a traffic study is not required and the developer is seeking flexibility in how it orients the towers to maximize lake views.