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Flowery Branch delays vote on apartment complex
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Patrick Kassin of Woodfield Development talks about a proposed apartment complex on Hog Mountain Road Thursday, Aug. 15. - photo by Jeff Gill

A vote on a proposed 334-unit apartment complex in Flowery Branch was postponed Thursday night to Sept. 5.

The Flowery Branch City Council’s Aug. 15 decision to delay the vote came after a lengthy public hearing during which a presentation was made by the developer and residents and council members asked a flurry of questions.

“We have so much new information (on the proposal),” said Councilman Ed Asbridge, who moved to table the issue.

Woodfield Development is seeking to rezone 32.6 acres at 4496 Hog Mountain Road, next to Flowery Branch High School, for the project.

The land is currently agricultural. Woodfield wants it rezoned to residential multifamily and highway business.

Woodfield is proposing several amenities in the apartment complex, including a clubhouse with business center, lounge and event kitchen, swimming pool, outdoor dining area, walking trails, and a tennis court or basketball court, according to city documents.

Also proposed is 20,000 square feet of commercial space facing Hog Mountain Road, including 10,000 square feet for a restaurant.

The project expects to build out by 2022.

Residents said they were particularly worried about traffic, with council members also bringing up the project’s impact on Exit 12 at Interstate 985.

Councilman Joe Anglin called the Spout Springs Road exit a “souped-up rural interchange.”

But Woodfield officials said they expected the nearly completed Exit 14 to both relieve Exit 12 and be used by many of the complex’s residents.

The project comes just months after a 520-unit apartment complex off Hog Mountain and Spout Springs roads was rejected by the Flowery Branch City Council.

At that time, Anglin said he was concerned the city’s infrastructure, particularly Spout Springs Road leading to I-985, couldn’t handle the number of cars flowing from the project.

Traffic improvements are on the way, including a widening of Spout Springs and I-985, but if the council approved the project, “we would create a traffic situation before we ever dealt with the (infrastructure),” he said at the May meeting.

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