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Development about to crank up in a big way in Flowery Branch
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Redevelopment of one side of Main Street in downtown Flowery Branch and construction of a 324-unit apartment complex could begin in early July, the developer said.

The downtown project involves tearing down the city block comprising the old city hall and police department, as well as city-owned structures that at one time housed a craft beer store, theater group and a bakery.

The Historic Depot, which sits at the corner of Railroad Avenue and Main, won’t be affected, said Kurt Alexander, principal with Atlanta-based The Residential Group, which is developing both projects.

The train mural painted on the side of the building facing the depot won’t remain, City Manager Bill Andrew has said.

The new building would feature 15 apartments and 7,700 square feet of ground-level retail. No tenants have been lined up yet, Alexander said.

The apartment complex, The Crest at Flowery Branch, will be on Phil Niekro Boulevard at Thurmon Tanner Parkway. The development, which also is just west of Interstate 985, would features five outparcels, varying in size from 1 to 1½ acres, containing retail businesses, such as restaurants.

Alexander has said the projects could be completed in 2021.

The downtown project does have one hurdle to clear — design plan approval by the Flowery Branch Historic Preservation Commission and City Council.

Those meetings haven’t been scheduled yet, said Rich Atkinson, the city’s community development director.

“Approvals (would not be) for the uses … but rather for exterior building design,” Atkinson said.