Flowery Branch is moving closer to doubling the size of its sewer plant, with a Jan. 2 vote planned on whether to spend $1.8 million for design work and construction management.
The issue came up during the Flowery Branch City Council meeting Thursday, Dec. 19.
“There seems to be a lot of interest in people coming to Flowery Branch,” said Bob Troxler, president of Infratec Consultants, which would do the work.
The $20 million project would expand the city’s sewer capacity to 1.8 million gallons per day with the potential to swell capacity to 2.2 million. The current plant is permitted to treat 910,000 gallons per day.
Home construction is taking place around the city and a developer is grading property off Phil Niekro Boulevard for an apartment complex and retail sites. That same developer, Atlanta-based The Residential Group, is planning a downtown building with retail and apartments, and another developer is looking to build apartments off Hog Mountain Road.
In addition, Capstone Property Group, which was turned down in May for a 520-apartment complex off Spout Springs Road and Hog Mountain, has brought up the proposal again with city officials, City Manager Bill Andrew told the council.
“They’re basically refining their sewer (request) and refining what their product is,” Andrew said. “They’ve lowered the number of apartments they’ve been talking about.”
He didn’t say what the new number is.
“That’s going to put more pressure on this (expansion) happening,” Andrew said.
The plan is to get started on the plant design in January, Troxler said.
Construction is expected to take 18 months, with work wrapping up in spring of 2022.
“This schedule looks pretty good to me,” Andrew said. “I think we will be fine.”