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This gated retirement community is one step closer to developing on Hall-Gwinnett line
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A 308-unit gated retirement community off Thompson Mill Road in Gwinnett County at the Hall County border, off Friendship Road and close to Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton, is being proposed.

Feb. 6 update: A 308-unit gated retirement community off Thompson Mill Road at the Hall-Gwinnett County line has gotten the approval of the Gwinnett County Planning Commission.

The proposal now goes before the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners for final action on Feb. 25.

Previous story: A touch of English manor and tudor may be coming to the Hall-Gwinnett County line.

A Hoschton developer, VDC Development Group LLC, is looking to build a 308-unit gated retirement community off Thompson Mill Road in Gwinnett at the Hall border, off Friendship Road.

The development also would be near Deaton Creek Parkway, which leads to The Village at Deaton Creek, an active-adult community in Hall.

VDC’s project calls for 14 buildings totaling 544,950 square feet, with 22 one- and two-bedroom, 1,136-square-foot units in each building. Several small “pocket” parks would be built throughout the development.

Each building will have underground parking and a large lobby area on the first floor “for entertaining guests or activities and meetings with other residents,” according to VDC’s application.

“The buildings will be modeled after large elegant homes using French provincial, English manor and other architectural styles,” VDC says. “Each building will have distinctive features and colors that will separate it from the other buildings in the development.”

Each unit would have a full kitchen, dining area, living area, bedrooms, bathrooms with walk-in shower and outdoor patio/balcony.

The 11.52 acres — now barren with a few scrub trees — is part of a larger mixed-use development that was approved in 2008 and included retail, office, hotel, condominiums, and townhomes in both Gwinnett and Hall counties.

“The proposed plan is that once the development becomes more occupied, there will be a

catering restaurant … where residents can have a full dining experience or can choose to have meals delivered to their home on an as-needed basis,” VDC says.

Also, plans call for a wellness center/clubhouse.

VDC says its “vision and primary focus for the area ... is to provide opportunities for housing, wellness, services and a lifestyle component for a segment of the senior population that is 62 years and older.”

The Gwinnett County Planning Commission voted at its Jan. 7 meeting to postpone action until its Feb. 4 meeting.

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