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Complex for developmentally disabled adults may open sooner than expected
‘Just’ People building 84 residential units in Flowery Branch
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A flooring crew unloads material from a lift Monday, July 9, 2018, at the site of the Just People apartment complex in Flowery Branch. The complex is a residential community for adults with certain developmental disabilities or illnesses and traumatic brain injury. - photo by Scott Rogers

An 84-unit South Hall residential complex for adults with developmental disabilities is now on target for completion in September.

The $18.5 million “Just” People project had been pegged to finish as late as January, but construction has been quicker than expected, said Kyle Ivey, project manager, during a visit to the property on Monday, July 9.

The complex at 5640 Radford Road is just off McEver Road in Flowery Branch, and features apartment buildings, a dining hall, full kitchen and a courtyard larger than a football field.

The courtyard, with a planned gazebo and fire pits, will be a social gathering spot for residents. The area will be landscaped with trees and other plants.

Other plans including building a gymnasium on the property.

“We want it to have more of a campus feel than a regular apartment complex,” Ivey said.

In addition to programs and services, residents also will get help finding jobs thanks to “Just” People, a Norcross-based nonprofit organization that helps residents with conditions such as autism and issues related to traumatic head injuries, among others.

The program works with people who are considered “high-functioning” people, those who don’t need help bathing, feeding and dressing, according to “Just” People’s website.

Those interested in becoming residents must go through an application process, attend a day program, then stay one or two nights “to see if they like the program,” Ivey said.

“Just” People also has residential complexes in Roswell and Lilburn.

For now, “we’re pretty close to full (occupancy)” at the South Hall campus, he said. “There are still openings. We have folks … trying to find out if they can financially afford everything.”

There are fees and rents in the program, but residents can reduce costs by having roommates. The complex features 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom units.

“Just” People seeks donations and other funding, Ivey said.

The organization is seeking workers at the South Hall campus, including case managers, drivers and licensed practical nurses. A job fair is set for Aug. 1 at nearby offices at 5658 McEver Road.