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86-bed assisted living complex proposed on busy McEver Road
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Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board meeting

When: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Gainesville Justice Center, 701 Queen City Parkway

Gainesville planning officials will take a detailed look Tuesday at a proposed 86-bed assisted living facility on busy McEver Road not far from an apartment complex and the Free Chapel Worship Center.

Manor Lake Development LLC, based in Waleska, is petitioning the city for special use on 9.24 acres zoned office and institutional because of the size of the project.

MLD registered six months ago to do business in the state, according to the Georgia Corporations Division.

The proposed one-story and 82-unit facility would share a common driveway with The Fields apartment complex, according to information provided online by planning division staff.

Aside from its proximity to The Fields and Free Chapel, the assisted living facility would also be a neighbor to a Rite Aid Pharmacy and single-family homes.

Development has spiked in the location area over the past 15 years, according to planning staff.

“This is in part due to the fact that McEver Road serves as a main corridor serving Gainesville, Oakwood and Flowery Branch,” states a staff analysis of the project. “Significant development located nearby includes the Free Chapel campus, Hall County Government Center and Cresswind at Lake Lanier active-adult community.”

The analysis goes on to state that properties fronting McEver Road will continue to develop with a mixture of residential, office, institutional and light retail uses, according to the city’s comprehensive plan.

Staff is recommending approval of the assisted living facility with five conditions, including that the developer limit capacity to 86 beds and its uses be kept within the office and institutional zoning district, and provide a minimum 25-foot wide evergreen vegetated buffer along the property lines adjacent to the single-family properties.

Another item of note on the board’s agenda includes a proposal by Oak Hall Companies to develop an 880-home active-adult community off Dawsonville Highway/Ga. 53 and Ahaluna Drive.

Also, the board will hear a request from Gainesville Market LLC to operate a commercial outdoor recreational complex featuring four soccer fields on approximately 5 acres on the 600 block of Shallowford Road. The property is owned by adjacent Gainesville Market Shopping Center, and it was once used as a fairground and site for cattle auction.

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