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Senior apartment complex planned in Dawson County
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An apartment complex designed for seniors is planned near the Ga. 400 corridor.

“There’s absolutely a need for more elderly housing in Dawson County,” said developer Kevin Buckner.

The county commissioners approved Buckner’s request Thursday to rezone nearly 10 acres at 7142 Ga. 53 East, across from Tractor Supply Co., where Farmington Forest, a 55-and-older complex, will be built.

Offering one- and two-bedroom options, Buckner said the 56-unit development that will include amenities such as a clubhouse, workout facilities and covered pavilion will be age- and income-restrictive.

At least one renter on the apartment lease must be 55 years or older.

Income levels and restrictions would be equivalent to about 60 percent of the average median income of Dawson County.

“We’re looking for ... seniors that are living at $35,000 and under a year. Clearly, we’re going to see some Social Security recipients. We’re going to see working elderly,” Buckner said. “We can’t put someone in there that is overqualified.”

After approving the rezoning motion, the county commissioners also approved a resolution in support of the project and the developer’s application to apply for affordable housing credits under the Georgia Department of Community Affairs 2013 Qualified Allocation Plan.

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