A 62-acre, $31.5 million multi-use development, including 520 apartments, is set for a formal May 2 public hearing and first reading by the Flowery Branch City Council.
The meeting is the first step by Gainesville-based Capstone Property Group toward building the two-phase Capstone at Spout Springs off Spout Springs and Hog Mountain roads.
Capstone is seeking to annex five tracts and rezone them to highway business and multifamily residential, and rezone a tract now in the city limits to highway business and multifamily residential.
The project has drawn a large public response on social media and in informal open house/community meetings earlier this year at City Hall with the developer.
Residents have raised concerns about the complex’s impacts on schools, traffic and public safety. Others have fretted about the recent spate of growth and rezoning approvals already in the South Hall city.
Nearby resident Robert Byrd was concerned the complex wouldn’t age gracefully.
Overall, “what people like about Flowery Branch is slowly being stripped away,” he said after a Feb. 26 community meeting.
Jonathan Collins of Capstone said the community meetings were “very helpful.”
“I’ve actually received a lot of public support since the open houses and especially at the second open house (on March 5),” he said in an email Thursday, April 18.
“Giving the community an opportunity to see exact details about the project … is certainly very beneficial to both the community and the developer.”
The apartment complex would feature a clubhouse and swimming pool, according to city documents. Overall, some 7 acres would be developed as commercial outparcels. Two of the outparcels would be on Hog Mountain and two would be on Spout Springs, Collins has said.
The goal “is to create a development that is a little bit less intrusive from both the traffic perspective, given the (Spout Springs Road) widening project, and as well not just come in here and clear-cut 60 acres,” he said.
Because of the widening of Spout Springs, possibly starting later this year, the first phase would be built off Hog Mountain Road across from Stonebridge Village shopping center.
The second phase would come later, possibly in fall 2023, and involve commercial outparcels and apartments that would be accessed off Spout Springs.
“So, for now, we’re focusing on (developing) the acreage behind the Walgreens (pharmacy),” as well as The Goddard School, Collins said. “We’d start that relatively soon, probably spring or summer.”
Flowery Branch City Council
What: Public hearing set on proposed 62-acre multi-use development, including 520 apartments
When: 6 p.m. May 2
Where: City Hall, 5410 W. Pine St.