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A future housing option possible for students at UNG in Oakwood
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An 18-cottage development is proposed off Frontage Road near Thurmon Tanner Parkway in Oakwood. - photo by Jeff Gill

Off-campus rental housing marketed to University of North Georgia students in Oakwood may be on the horizon.

The Oakwood Planning Commission voted Monday, July 16, to recommend rezoning for 18 cottages at 2988 Frontage Road, near the Thurmon Tanner Parkway entrance to UNG.

“There is a lack of housing for students near the campus,” said Steve Gilliam, a Gainesville lawyer representing the developer, Bill Stark Properties of South Hall.

The development, also near the Hayes Chrysler dealership off Frontage Road, would feature 1,440-square-foot units — 720 square feet per floor — featuring three bedrooms and covering 2.3 acres.

Also featured would be two outdoor patio areas, and the complex’s entrance would be off Frontage, according to a map of the proposal.

Monthly rents would be about $1,800 per unit, or $600 for each of three roommates.

“Let’s say a student drops out of college. … Is it part of the lease that (students) have to be in school for them to stay there?” Planning Commission Chairwoman Melissa Puckett asked Gilliam.

“Whether you could kick them out and whether you could put that in the lease, it may not be legal,” Gilliam said. “You’ve got to be careful with laws that prevent you from discriminating.”

The property is now zoned for commercial development.

“The current accessibility for (commercial) would not be as desirable,” Stark’s rezoning application states. “As a residential community, it would be very accessible.” 

The proposal now goes before the Oakwood City Council for final consideration.

If all goes well, the plan is to start construction by the first of 2019 and have the complex open to students in August 2019, Stark said.

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