A traffic light could come to McEver Road at Radford Road in Flowery Branch courtesy of a developer who is looking to put up a self-storage business at the busy intersection.
Lauderdale Holdings LLC got the Flowery Branch City Council’s approval Thursday, Sept. 5, to rezone 13.4 of 16.4 acres from neighborhood shopping to light industrial for the business, with a condition put forth by the developer to install a traffic light.
The property’s remaining 3 acres would remain as neighborhood shopping, possibly used for offices and/or a restaurant.
The light would be at the Radford Road that runs between McEver Road and Atlanta Highway, a key cut-through for motorists between two major traffic arteries. It wouldn’t involve a small segment of Radford Road that runs between McEver and Jim Crow roads.
The signal also would be just north of McEver’s intersection with Jim Crow/Gainesville Street, which serves as a primary road leading to downtown Flowery Branch.
The project, estimated by the developer to cost about $200,000, also would involve turn lanes into the business.
A traffic study determined that “signalization of the … intersection is recommended.”
The council also required that no access to the business would be allowed at the Radford segment between McEver and Jim Crow.
Councilman Jim Anglin also called for “heavy discussions about a really robust buffer between Madison Creek (subdivision)” and the business.
Flowery Branch staff recommended approval of the development.
“The large influx of residential (growth) feeds the need for local services to be provided,” a staff report states. “The proposed plan provides a mix of uses to compliment the surrounding area.”