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How persistence pays off for developer in Oakwood
195-home project gets City Council approval
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This 195-home housing development off McEver Road in Oakwood, seen in this rendering, got Oakwood City Council’s approval on Monday, Jan. 14. - photo by Jeff Gill

A 195-home development off McEver, Oakwood and Flat Creek roads was approved Monday night by the Oakwood City Council.

The Jan. 14 vote came after previous failed attempts by the developer, MB Endeavors, to get government OK for residential development on the property.

The approved plan calls for 101 townhomes and 94 detached single-family homes spread over nearly 29 acres. A map shows entrances to the subdivision off McEver and Oakwood roads.

Oakwood Road runs between McEver and Flat Creek Road. McEver Road is a main West Hall artery running between Buford and Gainesville.

The project was based on a few conditions, including that townhomes would be 1,900-2,200 square feet in size and detached homes would be at least 2,200 square feet.

“I’d also like to make the (conditions) applicable to any developer that comes along, not just MB Endeavors,” Councilwoman Sheri Millwood said.

The development also features a swimming pool and green space area. A 1.16-acre tract at the corner of McEver and Flat Creek roads would be reserved for commercial uses.

The plan combines two separate projects that MB Endeavors had tried to get approved on the property — one involving 120 townhomes and one involving 107 townhomes and the commercial piece.

The fusion was done at the behest of the City Council, which voted Dec. 10 to table the plans to give MB Endeavors the opportunity to propose a single plan.

B.R. White, the city’s community development director, had told the Oakwood Planning Commission on Nov. 19 that merging the plans might reduce overall residential density of the project and add single-family homes and the commercial use.

Previously, MB Endeavors tried for a couple of months to get residential housing approved between McEver, Flat Creek and Oakwood roads.

A 12-acre site featuring residential and commercial components off McEver and Flat Creek roads, was rejected in November by City Council.

And MB Endeavors had tried Oct. 8 to get a 107-unit townhome project between Flat Creek and Oakwood roads approved. Council voted down that proposal.

Several residents spoke at that meeting opposing the project. Concerns included that it might infringe on the privacy of neighboring residents and increase crime.

One resident spoke about how the development would be another example of “rapid, rampant development” that’s turning the area into “another Gwinnett County.”

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