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These proposed apartments off Spout Springs Road are back on the table
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Chris Riley, representing Capstone Acquisition, talks to Flowery Branch City Council Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, about a sewer request for a proposed 304-unit apartment complex. - photo by Jeff Gill

An apartment complex rejected in May 2019 by Flowery Branch is still in play off Spout Springs and Hog Mountain roads in South Hall.

Getting sewer to the property is the issue.

With revised development plans in hand, Capstone Acquisition went before Flowery Branch City Council on Thursday, Feb. 20, asking for capacity that would serve a 304-unit complex, featuring 10 buildings and an amenity center with clubhouse, pool and fitness area spread across 36 acres.

The sewer also would serve planned commercial lots off Spout Springs and Hog Mountain and a proposed 140-unit senior living complex.

The entire development would be on the northeast corner of the intersection.

Council discussed the matter, with a vote on the sewer set for March 5.

If the city doesn’t grant sewer, Capstone has said it would approach Hall County. The property where the apartments and retail lots face Spout Springs are now in unincorporated Hall. The property where the senior living complex would be is in Flowery Branch.

The Hall County Board of Commissioners gave its OK to an apartment complex at the site in 2014. The site is zoned for 400 apartments.

In 2019, Capstone sought to build a 520-unit apartment complex and the commercial lots, asking for annexation and rezoning by Flowery Branch. Senior housing wasn’t part of the plans then.

But the council rejected the proposal, expressing concerns about traffic impact on already congested roads in the area. The development would also be near Interstate 985, and Spout Springs Road is being widened from two to four lanes.

The apartments “would create a traffic situation before we ever dealt with the (infrastructure),” Councilman Joe Anglin said at the meeting. “This is about timing.”

The newest plans drew a more positive reaction at Thursday’s council meeting, including talk about annexing the property as well as providing sewer so the city can better control design standards.

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