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Apartment projects could be part of Flowery Branch growth
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A 62-acre multi-use development, including 520 apartments, is proposed in Flowery Branch. - photo by Jeff Gill

Single-family housing may be booming in the Flowery Branch area, but Jonathan Collins doesn’t see the same trend for apartment rentals.

“It is somewhat underserved,” he said.

Collins’ company, Gainesville-based Capstone Property Group, was hoping to change that with a proposal for 520 apartments off Hog Mountain and Spout Springs roads. 

The proposal was slated to go before Flowery Branch City Council in early March but was postponed to an undetermined date.

Capstone’s proposal, if approved, ensures that the South Hall city’s growth will continue into 2019, much like it did in 2018, when hundreds of homes were approved in several projects around the city. 

The city also approved a 324-unit apartment complex off Phil Niekro Boulevard in late 2018. That project also could feature five outparcels, varying in size from 1 to 1 1/2  acres, to contain retail businesses, such as restaurants.

Much of those 2018 rezonings could turn into 2019 construction.

“I think this will be the year you begin to see homes actually come out of the ground,” said Rich Atkinson, Flowery Branch community development director.

One of Hall County’s busiest communities for housing construction continues to be Sterling on the Lake off Spout Springs Road in Flowery Branch.

The subdivision, which has a buildout of 2,000 homes covering 1,000 acres, closed on 132 homes in 2018, said Jennifer Landers, vice president for operations for the developer, Newland Communities.

“We attribute the community’s continued success to the myriad choices we offer home shoppers,” she said.

Some 170 homes were completed in 2018, and “we anticipate about 150 to be built in 2019,” Landers said.

Otherwise, subdivisions are being cleared — as weather allows — off Radford and McEver roads and off East Main Street between Mulberry Street and Thurmon Tanner Parkway. 

Another developer is looking to build 325 single-family detached homes on 109 acres, known informally as the Conner property.

The site would be bounded by McEver Road, Gainesville Street and Lights Ferry Road, not far from the city’s downtown, with entrances off McEver Road and Gainesville Street at Chattahoochee Street.

Home prices could run from the $200,000 to $400,000 range, and the development would feature an amenities area, lake and walking trails.

Atlanta-based The Residential Group, which is proposing the 324-unit apartment complex, also is looking to turn property now occupied by the former City Hall and police station on Main Street between Railroad Avenue and Church Street into 15 apartments and 7,700 square feet of ground-level retail.

Such a project would continue a downtown revival that includes a new City Hall, extension of Pine Street from Church Street to Railroad Avenue and a new commercial building at the corner of Main and Mitchell streets.

The commercial building features a craft beer store, Beer Me, and Lakeside Market.

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