Update, Nov. 18: A plan for 14 townhomes in downtown Flowery Branch was given final approval Thursday, Nov. 18, by Flowery Branch City Council.
Morgan Brick of South Hall LLC doesn’t have a price range yet for the townhomes, saying “they will be in line with market conditions and other like properties in the area.”
“These homes will provide a gateway to Main Street and connectivity to downtown business,” Brick said. “We hope to start building right after approvals are given.”
Update, Nov. 4: Plans for 14 townhomes on Church Street between Main Street and Martin Street were given first approval.
The townhomes would be on three lots behind a new apartment/retail building off Main Street.
A final vote on South Hall LLC’s request to rezone the 1.1-acre site from traditional neighborhood district to central business district is set for Nov. 18.
The proposal has been met with huge opposition from residents, mainly concerned about the project’s density.
An initial vote on a proposed 14 townhomes on Church Street in Flowery Branch has been postponed until Nov. 4.
Flowery Branch City Council voted Thursday, Oct. 7, on the delay to give the applicant, South Hall LLC, more time to refine drawings of the development, which would be on three lots behind a new apartment/retail building off Main Street.
City planner Rich Atkinson said staff was OK with South Hall LLC’s request to rezone the property from traditional neighborhood district to central business district, but it didn’t favor the look of the townhomes.
Submitted designs “do not meet the intent of the traditional neighborhood character area of the Flowery Branch Comprehensive Plan, as (they do) not emphasize or even consider a front porch,” a staff report on the project says.
“I really appreciate the feedback on the renderings,” Morgan Brick of South Hall LLC told the council. “I think we’re close, but I wanted to let you know we’re committed to getting the design right.”
Several residents spoke against the project, mainly concerned about the density of the project, with one person saying that “14 townhomes is not how we build a vibrant downtown.”
Councilman Joe Anglin addressed the density concern in his comments about the project. He said high-density developments are trendy in growing cities throughout the area, and “there’s a market for that.”