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Vote delayed on South Hall apartments as opposition mounts
Patients enter Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton on Friday, March 1, 2019. - photo by Austin Steele

Update, June 1: The Hall County Planning Commission voted Monday, June 1, to postpone a vote on the project until Aug. 3. 

Opposition, meanwhile, is mounting to the proposal. 

“Hall County struggles now with inadequate infrastructure and overcrowding conditions in relation to our road capacities, traffic signals, and safe access and departure of schools, churches and shopping areas,” said Merridee Michelsen, a resident of nearby Reunion subdivision. 

And Hoschton resident Joseph Damiani believes the developers should be required to improve roads. 

“How do they think two-lane lane roads will handle the increase in traffic?” he asked. “They are getting bad now.”

Previous article: A 350-unit gated apartment complex proposed off Thompson Mill Road in South Hall is set to go back before the Hall County Planning Commission on Monday, June 1.

The project east of Spout Springs Road and next to Oaks Senior Living was tabled at the commission’s May 4 meeting.

The nearly 31-acre complex, featuring 13 residential buildings, a clubhouse, swimming pool and passive park, is projected for completion in 2022.

“The apartments will provide housing opportunities to major employers in the area, such as Northeast Georgia Medical Center, located only 2 miles away,” applicant Rochester & Associates says in its application.

Rochester is seeking rezoning from agricultural-residential to planned residential development for the project.

Hall County planning staff is recommending approval of the project with conditions.

The planning board’s recommendation will be forwarded to the Hall County Board of Commissioners for a public hearing and final action set for June 25.

Hall County Planning Commission

What: proposed rezoning for 350 apartments

When: 5:15 p.m. Monday, June 1

How to view: online at

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