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Five stories tall: Here's a look at Oakwood's newest student housing proposal
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A 488-bedroom student housing complex is being proposed near University of North Georgia in Oakwood. - photo by Jeff Gill

A 488-bedroom student housing complex near University of North Georgia in Oakwood is being proposed by a private developer.

Suwanee-based GAH Holding LLC is seeking annexation and rezoning of property off Atlanta Highway and Frontage Road, near Thurmon Tanner Parkway and Interstate 985, for the development.

The request is set to go before the Oakwood Planning Commission at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22. The commission meets at City Hall, 4035 Walnut Circle.

The development, which backs up to St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church off Landrum Education Drive, would feature four buildings on nearly 7 acres, according to a map of the project. The buildings could be as tall as five stories.

Eric Johansen, spokesman for the project, couldn’t be reached for comment.

Johansen is involved with another residential project in Oakwood, Brannon Ridge, a 187-home subdivision off McEver and Stephens roads.

“You guys are centrally located in a hotbed that gives great access,” Johansen said at an October Oakwood City Council meeting.

More housing for students was a popular topic among developers proposing housing developments in Oakwood last year.

Construction is underway on 18 rental cottages at 2988 Frontage Road, near the Thurmon Tanner Parkway entrance to UNG and near the Hayes Chrysler dealership off Frontage.

The cottages are within walking distance of the campus.

The cottages will feature rents of $1,650-$1,800 per month, or potentially up to $600 per roommate.

“There’s really a sore spot here for not having housing for University of North Georgia,” said Gainesville lawyer Steve Gilliam, representing the applicant, in September, when the cottages were approved.

And a 348-unit apartment complex off Mundy Mill Road OK’d by the Oakwood City Council on Nov. 12 likely will be marketed to college students.

“This property is designed specifically to take advantage of the growth of the University of North Georgia (campus in Oakwood),” said Kurt Alexander, principal with The Residential Group, at the meeting.

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