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Bed-and-breakfast proposes to become assisted living facility
Owners hope to help elderly residents
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The Hall County Planning Commission will meet today to review a proposal to add an assisted living/group home use, as well as permission to host weddings, parties and business meetings, for what has been a bed-and-breakfast in Flowery Branch.

The property, located at 6593 McEver Road and close to the Lake Run on Lanier subdivision, includes 14 guest rooms.

Owners Kenneth and Christine Jonick said they are considering retiring from the B&B business. They plan to target elderly residents in need of assisted living facilities, piggybacking on the opening this year of the new Northeast Georgia Medical Center in nearby Braselton.

But the old B&B could also support a group home for teenagers.

The Jonicks are looking to partner with experienced, licensed home-care providers if their proposal is approved.

The planning commission will make its recommendations to the Board of Commissioners, which has the final say.

In their proposal, the Jonicks make it clear they are banking on their reputation. The property in question has had only one code enforcement citation: a failure to pay food service inspection fees in 2011.

“We have proven our ability to operate a successful business venture in Hall County and demonstrated our dedication to being integral and contributing members of the community,” the Jonicks stated in the closing remarks of their proposal. “We trust that our longevity and accomplishments thus far will be favorably considered in this application for the two new proposed uses.”

Board meeting

What: Meeting to review proposal to turn B&B into an assisted living facility and group home

When: 5:15 p.m. today

Where: Hall County Government Center, 2nd floor meeting room, 2875 Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville