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Number of homes in Oakwood subdivision proposal drops to 295 from 359
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This property off McEver Road is the proposed site for a mixed-use development with 295 homes in Oakwood. - photo by Jeff Gill

A proposed 62-acre, mixed-use development across from West Hall High School off McEver Road goes back before the Oakwood Planning Commission on Monday, Feb. 19, but with fewer homes in the plans.

Rosewood Active Adult Communities LLC is seeking annexation and rezoning to allow for 295 homes instead of 359, as earlier pitched, off McEver between Chamblee Road and Westbrook Lane.

Rosewood has reduced the number of townhomes to 151 from 222, but increased the number of single-family homes from 137 to 144, said B.R. White, Oakwood’s community development director.

Oakwood Planning Commission

What: Proposed annexation and rezoning for a mixed-use development across from West Hall High School

When: 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19

Where: Oakwood City Hall, 4035 Walnut Circle

Also, a new entrance is proposed on McEver Road, and the general location of the townhomes and some of the single-family homes has shifted, he said.

In another change, “the proposed interconnectivity to the commercial component of the development has been removed,” White said.

The bulk of the development, or 43 acres, is residential and would be located mostly on the Westbrook Lane side, a city map shows.

Commercial development is proposed on 16 acres on the Chamblee Road end, with another 3-acre commercial tract at the corner of McEver and Westbrook, according to the map.

Tommy Barnes, a Rosewood representative, has said he wasn’t sure what age groups would be targeted for the community.

He did say prices for the townhomes could run in the $170,000 range and for the detached homes, $190,000 to $230,000.

Barnes said that buildout could take 3-5 years, and “we won’t have any houses (built) until the spring or summer of 2019.”

He also said “substantial traffic improvements would have to be made around the retail” component of the project.

“We had the engineer configure it so it would accommodate a major grocery store like a Kroger or Publix-type shopping center with some shops and outparcels,” Barnes said.

White said road improvements and traffic impacts would be addressed at the time the site plan is submitted.

The 3-acre site, Barnes said, “would probably be ideal for two commercial users.”

Overall, “this property is ideally suited for the proposed mixed-use residential development,” Rosewood states in its application. “This development will provide much needed moderately priced housing for the area and will be an asset to the community.”

Speaking particularly of the commercial sites, Rosewood says, “There is a growing population in this area and there is a need for commercial development of the type proposed.

“Additionally, almost every corner of McEver Road is now zoned commercial or industrial.”

The area around the proposed development is dotted by houses. West Hall Baptist Church sits across the road, and West Hall Middle School also is in the area.

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