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Old Reunion entrance now could be part of 800-home active adult community
0923REZONING
Pulte Home Corp. is seeking to have 35 acres annexed into Braselton and rezoned so it can add to 385 acres already approved for an active adult community.

Braselton Planning Commission

What: Public hearing

When: 7 p.m. Monday

Where: Braselton Police and Municipal Court Building, 5040 Ga. 53

For years, it served as the main entrance to Reunion Country Club in South Hall.

But now, some 35 acres that sits at Thompson Mill Road and Grand Reunion Drive could become part of a planned 800-home active adult community in Braselton.

Reunion developer Pulte Home Corp. is asking the town, which is in Barrow, Gwinnett, Hall and Jackson counties, to annex and rezone the property, adding to 385 acres already approved for the new Del Webb at Chateau Elan.

A public hearing is set for Monday before the Braselton Planning Commission. The matter is set to then go before the Braselton mayor and Council on Oct. 6.

With no plans to acquire additional property, Pulte expects to begin development this fall and selling homes in summer 2017, said Nate Van Epp, Pulte vice president for land planning.

The community is projected to sell out in 2025.

With home prices in the $200,000 to $400,000 range, the neighborhood will target residents 55 and older.

The new subdivision will be next to Chateau Elan resort in Braselton and less than a mile from Village at Deaton Creek, another Del Webb project that is built out. Del Webb is an active adult company within PulteGroup.

Village at Deaton Creek is off Friendship Road/Ga. 347 next to the 100-bed Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton in South Hall.

The new development will feature a resort-style lodge, outdoor pool, indoor heated lap pool, fitness center, library, ballroom/multi-purpose room, billiards and an arts and crafts studio, according to Pulte.

“In addition to an extensive trail system and tennis, pickleball and bocce courts, Del Webb at Chateau Elan will also have a full-time lifestyle director who will develop the community’s calendar of events designed to nurture an active and robust lifestyle,” the company website states.

Brian Luders, a Reunion resident, said he believes a pedestrian/golf cart bridge across Friendship Road “would be a smart move” on the part of the developer.

“There will be lots of shared access between neighborhoods,” he said.

Also, the development should end “the significant volume of traffic that accesses the old Reunion entrance daily to travel on Thompson Mill” toward Spout Springs Road, Luders said.

Pulte will build roads in the community but is not required to do other road improvements “given the community’s connection to the already improved (Ga. 347),” Van Epp said.

When Reunion was first developed, Ga. 347 ran along Thompson Mill Road in Hall and Gwinnett counties between Spout Springs Road and Old Winder Highway/Ga. 211.

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