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Why planners gave thumbs down to 220 rental cottages at this Gainesville location
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Update, April 13: A proposed 220-unit rental cottage, active-adult community off Limestone Parkway at Beverly Road in Gainesville moves to Gainesville City Council without the blessing of the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board.

The board voted Tuesday, April 13, without discussion, to recommend denial of Atlanta-based Jim Chapman Communities’ rezoning request to allow a 37-acre gated development on the wooded, vacant lot.

The development would be across from the Northeast Georgia Health System’s New Horizons Limestone Transitional Care Center and near Lakeview Academy and several neighborhoods.

The vote came after a stream of residents voiced opposition to the project for several reasons, but largely because of traffic congestion in the area. “It’s a lovely concept,” said one resident. “We just don’t need it.”


A 220-unit rental cottage, active-adult community is being proposed off Limestone Parkway at Beverly Road in Gainesville.

Atlanta-based Jim Chapman Communities is seeking to build the 37-acre gated development on the wooded, vacant lot, across from the Northeast Georgia Health System’s New Horizons Limestone Transitional Care Center.

The units would range from 1,004 square feet to 1,426 square feet in size, with one- and two-car garages. Also, the units would be 1 to 1½ stories in height, according to a city of Gainesville planning report.

Monthly rents for the development, which is set to go before the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board on April 13, would be $1,400-$1,600 per month for two bedrooms and $1,800-$2,000 per month for three bedrooms.

Amenities would include a swimming pool, dog park and a clubhouse with fitness center, kitchen and meeting space. Gated access is proposed from Limestone Parkway and Beverly Road, according to the planning report.

“Jim’s experience with age-restricted and age-targeted communities provided the insight to capture a market segment not currently being served — homeowners that are shrugging off the stigma associated with a rental product and want one-level maintenance-free living,” says literature from the developer that’s in the staff report.

Jim Chapman is requesting to rezone the property to planned unit development from general business.

The planning board’s recommendation will be forwarded to the Gainesville City Council for final consideration at a later meeting.

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