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Hall planning board OKs senior living community in South Hall
Ron Buchanan, president of Devron Group Co., speaks to the Hall County Planning Commission about plans for a 158-unit senior living community off Friendship Road in South Hall.

A proposed 158-unit senior living community in South Hall was given the Hall County Planning Commission’s OK Tuesday night.

“I think you’ve got a good project,” Chairman Don Smallwood told Ron Buchanan, president of Devron Group Co., which is proposing the development on nearly 9 acres off Friendship Road/Ga. 347 east of Spout Springs Road.

“That’s the best project we’ve seen for that piece of property.”

The board gave its OK based on several conditions, with the proposal now headed to the Hall County Board of Commissioners for final action set for July 28.

“He’s got some things to work out, but he can do that,” Smallwood said, addressing fellow planning board members.

No one opposed Devron’s request during Tuesday’s meeting.

The company, which is seeking a change in current zoning to allow the development, wants to put up a three-story main building and two one-story bungalows.

Buchanan showed architectural renderings to the planning board.

The complex would have 86 independent living units, 48 assisted living units and 24 memory care units. Also planned are commercial uses “intended to serve the immediate residents of the development,” according to the proposal.

Hall County planning staff is recommending approval based on several conditions, including that the commercial development not exceed 10,000 square feet.

Buchanan, speaking after the meeting, said the site was chosen for its closeness to shopping off Spout Springs Road and Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton off Friendship Road near Old Winder Highway/Ga. 211.

“The hospital was a big draw for us,” he said.

If all goes well, including approval by the county commission, the complex could open by the fall of 2018, Buchanan said.

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