Update, Feb. 6: Flowery Branch City Council approved basic design plans for the 20-townhome development on Main Street downtown.
Original story: More housing could be coming to downtown Flowery Branch.
Hillgrove Homes of Buford is looking at building 20 townhomes off Main Street between Mitchell, West Pine and Gainesville streets. Ten homes would face Main Street and 10 would face West Pine.
The project is in early stages, as conceptual drawings and a map of the project were shown Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Flowery Branch City Council meeting.
The townhouses may have different paint colors to match buildings on Main Street, said Chris Hill of Hillgrove Homes.
“If you look at the buildings that are painted (on Main), each one has its own character and each one is unique,” he said.
City planner Rich Atkinson told the council, “One of the concerns we had as staff (about the project) is the ends of the units facing City Hall (on West Pine). We wanted to make sure that they are not just blank walls.”
City Manager Bill Andrew also expressed that same concern, saying the city is looking at building a park just south of the property, off Church and West Pine streets, next to Antebellum restaurant.
“My thought processes for the end units is actually making them come alive by landscaping,” Hill told the council. “We could put a fire pit down there — kind of have more of a sitting area that overlooks the city. We could have a wraparound porch, but I’m thinking (sitting areas) would be more usable.”
The project would be just north of a housing-retail building under development off Main Street between Railroad Avenue and Church Street. That building would feature street-level stores and second-story apartments.
The council is set to vote on elevations for Hillgrove’s project at its meeting on Feb. 6.