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Rezoning for senior housing development gets Flowery Branch OK
Company looks to build 47 income-restricted units
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A 60-unit affordable housing project geared to residents 55 and older is a step closer to development in Flowery Branch.

The City Council gave its final OK Thursday night to St. Simons Island-based Clement & Co.’s rezoning request that would allow for the complex to be built on a 7-acre site off East Main Street near Thurmon Tanner Parkway and Phil Niekro Boulevard.

But the proposal coming to fruition largely hinges on the developer getting tax credits through the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, a competitive process that begins with developers filing applications on June 9.

Through the low-income tax credit program, Clement & Co. hopes to build 47 one- and two-bedroom units with monthly rents varying from $390 to $585, 12 units based on market rates and one unit that would house the complex manager.

If Clement, represented at the council meeting by principal Mitchell Davenport, gets the credits, the company could close on the property by March.

The council vote was 4-1, with only Joe Anglin in opposition. He said he was concerned about putting a multifamily development on prime real estate.

“I don’t feel like … this is going to spur growth, this is going to be great, this is going to create a massive amount of revenue,” he said.

Other council members were very supportive, including Councilwoman Mary Jones, who said, “I think it will be a great asset.”

The proposal has gotten criticized by a few residents in the past two meetings.

Several concerns have been raised, including traffic, public safety and future upkeep of the apartment complex.

One of the critics, Ronald Sturgill, has said he doesn’t believe the proposal fits the surrounding area.

At the same time, “I guess we all resist change, and I’m resisting this one,” he said.