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First approval given to 55-home subdivision in Flowery Branch
Frank McGowan of McGowan Family Farming Partnership Inc. describes a proposed 55-home subdivision to the Flowery Branch City Council Thursday night. - photo by Jeff Gill

Construction could start in March on a 55-home subdivision off East Main Street in Flowery Branch, if Frank McGowan continues the success he had Thursday night.

The Flowery Branch City Council gave its first OK to rezoning 11.54 acres at 5461 E. Main St. and 5106 Spring St. for the subdivision.

McGowan of McGowan Family Farming Partnership Inc. is proposing to put together two tracts — 7.34 acres off East Main and 4.2 acres owned by First Baptist Church off Spring Street — for the development, dubbed as “The Branches at East Main” in drawings of the project.

McGowan owns the 7.34 acres and “has a sales agreement in place” for the church property, according to the rezoning ordinance.

The drawings show two-story homes with wood and stacked stone or brick accents, similar to another McGowan subdivision, Harbour Lights on Lights Ferry Road.

The 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.

The proposal, which calls for rezoning the property from multifamily residential and institutional to planned unit development, will go later before Flowery Branch City Council for final approval.

McGowan said work could start in the spring, depending on the weather, with buildout in a couple of years.

The subdivision is proposed on land between Atlanta Highway/Ga. 13 and Thurmon Tanner Parkway near Phil Niekro Boulevard.

The area is largely undeveloped except for a few scattered homes.

Last year, in the same area, a St. Simons Island-based developer was seeking to rezone 7 acres for a 60-unit affordable housing project geared to residents 55 and older.

Clement & Co. principal Mitchell Davenport got the rezoning approval for the project, but he was hoping to use a low-income tax credit program through the Georgia Department of Community Affairs to build the complex.

The development didn’t make the cut as part of a statewide competitive process that wrapped up in November 2016.

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