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Housing project in the works for NGHS medical residents
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Dr. Young Min Cho applauds Monday, June 24, 2019, during the Inaugural Resident Physician White Coat Ceremony at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center. - photo by Scott Rogers

Construction should begin in the next few months on a housing project targeting residents in Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s new graduate medical education program.

The Norton Agency and Sanctum Investments announced the project, Liberty Lakeview, in a press release Wednesday, July 31.

“We are excited about the launch of (the project) and crafting the most livable sanctuary for the new Northeast Georgia medical residents,” said Frank K. Norton Jr., CEO and chairman of The Norton Agency.

The 30-home project will be on 14 acres off Lakeview Drive and Quarry Street, near the New Holland community. Homes will have two and three bedrooms, and the gated development will feature a park with a pavilion and play area.

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The plans for a new housing project targeting staff of the Northeast Georgia Medical Center include 30 homes on 14 acres off Lakeview Drive and Quarry Street, near the New Holland community. Homes will have two and three bedrooms, and the gated development will feature a park with a pavilion and play area. Photo courtesy The Norton Agency.

“The individual units will have 21st century features such as LED lighting, smart thermostats, USB electrical ports, (luxury vinyl tile) floors and sanctuary quiet-zone study areas,” the press release states.

“The features of the house are geared toward (hospital) residents knowing that there is a housing shortage in Hall County, especially for rentals,” said Emilie Norton Cisco of The Norton Agency. “So, this (development) is helping to ease that.”

Norton “spent hundreds of hours in research and medical focus sessions to better understand the unique needs of the medical cohort in order to design the homes as a respite from the intense medical training environment residents will go through during their time in Gainesville,” the release states.

The community is within a quarter-mile from the hospital.

The project’s estimated completion is spring 2020.

The first group of resident doctors were introduced during a June 24 ceremony at the hospital.

The 26 physicians will be working in internal medicine and general surgery, doing rotations at the Gainesville and Braselton hospitals, as well as local outpatient centers and clinics.

Addressing a physician shortage, especially in rural areas of Northeast Georgia, is the goal of the residency program, according to Dr. John Delzell, the hospital’s vice president for graduate medical education.

“The population of Georgia has grown faster than the physician population in Georgia,” Delzell said. “As people have moved into the area and that has really driven growth across the state, the physician population hasn’t kept up.”

Liberty Lakeview is also part of the larger Limestone Greenway Development approved in October 2018 by Gainesville City Council.

The 75-acre mixed-use development is off Limestone and Jesse Jewell parkways, featuring up to 189,400 square feet of space for offices, retail, restaurants or hotels. The plans also includes up to 252 apartments.

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