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94 homes proposed off Flowery Branch downtown
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A Flowery Branch builder/developer is proposing 63 townhomes and 31 single-family homes between East Main Street and Phil Niekro Boulevard near the South Hall city’s downtown.

Chris Hill is seeking to rezone the 18.4-acre site from highway business to planned unit development to allow the residential development, Hillgrove Homes, at 5464 E. Main St., east of Mulberry Street.

Hill is set to go before the Flowery Branch City Council at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Flowery Branch City Council

What: Proposed rezoning for a 94-home residential development

When: 6 p.m. Thursday

Where: City Hall, 5517 Main St.

The development’s entrance would be off East Main Street, which sits between Atlanta Highway/Ga. 13 and Thurmon Tanner Parkway, two major roads slicing through Flowery Branch.

The neighborhood would feature common areas and a “mulch trail” running on the western boundary, according to a map of the property.

Hill “has been working with the city on this project for several months,” a city document states. “He has shown a willingness to work with the city to create a development that meets Flowery Branch’s standards.”

The city also notes that Hill built homes at Harbour Lights off Lights Ferry Road, also near downtown. Harbour Lights sprang out of a subdivision that failed to get started during the 2007-09 Great Recession.

Also, his company is involved with a recently approved 55-home subdivision north of East Main Street.

Drawings for that neighborhood show two-story homes with wood and stacked stone or brick accents, similar to Harbour Lights. The 11.5-acre development also would feature a landscaped entrance and monument sign, as well as sidewalks and areas of open space.

Homes would be at least 1,600 square feet in size.

Overall, the East Main Street area, which is also close to Interstate 985, is largely undeveloped, except for a few scattered homes.

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