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Ministry's plans for 272 acres in Flowery Branch have some residents 'concerned'
Organization wants to include retail, church space, cultural center
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A religious group is looking to turn 272 acres in Flowery Branch into a development featuring housing, retail, hotels, offices and church space at 5071 Hog Mountain Road, across from Wade Orr Road and next to The Preserve and Knutson sections of Sterling on the Lake, a 1,000-acre subdivision off Spout Springs Road. - photo by Jeff Gill

A religious group is looking to turn 272 acres in Flowery Branch into a development featuring housing, retail, hotels, offices and church space, according to an email obtained by The Times.

The development would be at 5071 Hog Mountain Road, across from Wade Orr Road and next to The Preserve and Knutson sections of Sterling on the Lake, a 1,000-acre subdivision off Spout Springs Road.

The email includes a map showing numerous proposed buildings throughout the property, designated as open spaces, marketplace, a “cultural center,” plaza and school property. Also, four hotels are shown on the “conceptual master plan.”

LDM Central USA Evangelical Ministries plans to meet informally with residents about the proposal Sept. 20, according to the email.

Flowery Branch Mayor Mike Miller said the email was sent “to homeowners at the request of the attorney for the developer.”

Other details about the development weren’t available. LDM officials couldn’t be reached for comment.

According to Hall County records, LDM bought the property in June 2017. The property was valued at $2 million.

The email also mentions a proposed rezoning, but “nothing has been officially submitted to the city,” said Rich Atkinson, the city’s director of planning and community development.

“We have met with the potential applicants but have not received a rezoning application,” he said.

One resident, Michael Justice, said the issue has stirred up residents.

There are a lot of “concerned folks,” he said.

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