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Plans for homes could affect Chateau Elan vineyards, golf course
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Chateau Elan Resorts LLC is proposing to build 115 townhomes and 16 detached homes on nearly 50 acres at the resort off Old Winder Highway/Ga. 211, about 2 miles south of Hall County.

More than just $25 million in renovations could be taking place at Chateau Elan in Braselton.

Chateau Elan Resorts LLC is proposing to build 115 townhomes and 16 detached homes on nearly 50 acres at the resort off Old Winder Highway/Ga. 211, about 2 miles south of Hall County.

A map with the application shows 44 of the townhomes splitting the resort’s vineyards off Golf Club Drive, which juts off Tour de France Drive and leads to the Hampton Inn & Suites Braselton.

The rest of the townhomes and the detached houses would be built off Pinot Noir Drive, where a golf course is now located, another map shows.

“These units are intended to be a ‘Chateau Elan’ branded product, targeted to active adult buyers,” according to the resort’s application for a change to the planned unit development zoning now in place for the 3,500-acre property.

The applicants believe “a large percentage of these homes will be sold to existing Chateau Elan residents looking to downsize but remain in the neighborhood close to friends and social networks.”

The request, which is set to go before the Braselton Mayor and Town Council on June 6, affects nearly 50 acres.

The zoning change “will allow for the redevelopment of property that is no longer viable in its current form,” Chateau Elan states in its application.

“By working with existing features on the property, the residential communities will be a new, attractive opportunity for smaller homes (close) … to existing and proposed commercial and residential development.”

Chateau Elan Winery & Resort is otherwise going through major renovations expected to be completed in November.

The makeover will involve 251 guest rooms and 24 suites, including new custom-designed carpeting and bathrooms featuring freestanding vanity areas made of wood and stone.

The project is expected to “introduce a fresh, yet timeless, modernized design while delivering a unique, distinctly southern concept dressed in French undertones, honoring the existing estate’s 16th century-style charm.”

The renovation comes one year after Wheelock Street Capital of Greenwich, Conn., bought the property from Don Panoz, a pharmaceuticals entrepreneur who died in September 2018. He and his wife, Nancy, founded the resort in Braselton more than three decades ago.
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