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Flowery Branch council OKs permit for care center
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The Flowery Branch City Council unanimously approved a conditional use permit Thursday night for the renovation of a former day care center.

It will be used as an institutional residential living and care facility.

The building, at 5111 Spring St., has been vacant for approximately two years. The interior would be renovated, and the building would be brought up to code.

"This use ... is in harmony with the neighborhood," City Manager Bill Andrew said. "It is zoned traditional neighborhood," said Andrew.

Young Lee, of Senior Care America LLC, has requested permission to house a maximum of 20 residents who are ambulatory or need minimal wheelchair assistance. The facility will provide nonmedical care, Lee assured council.

Council approval was contingent upon stipulations that included driveway and parking maintenance and trash containment.

Senior Care of America operates personal care homes in Sugar Hill, Lawrenceville and Oakwood.

Also on the agenda, but removed during the meeting, was discussion of a contract for a master plan and financial strategy analysis for the redevelopment of Old Town Flowery Branch. Representatives from Atlanta-based engineering, planning and architectural firm Pond & Co. were expected to attend, but were not present.

According to Andrew, council withdrew the discussion point, opting to put the project out for bid through a request for proposal process. The budget for the project is not to exceed $95,000. Andrew said an RFP process could take at least two months.

"We really want to do what makes sense," Andrew said. City Attorney Ron Bennett affirmed that the item could be withdrawn from the agenda and council could agree, instead, to have the city staff move forward with the RFP process.

Council also approved a time extension for the completion of off-street parking paving at 5512 Atlanta Highway for Flowery Branch Antiques. The property owner requested additional time to complete paving that was originally to be finished by next month. An 18-month extension has been granted to offset financial and medical circumstances that arose.