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Tower Heights public housing may be replaced by 4 apartment buildings
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Marietta-based Walton Communities has partnered with the Gainesville Housing Authority in proposing to tear down the 34-unit Tower Heights Apartments public housing complex and build the 160-unit Walton Harbor. - photo by Jeff Gill

The same company that built the Walton Summit mixed-income development off Atlanta Street in Gainesville is considering a similar project off Pearl Nix Parkway.

Marietta-based Walton Communities has partnered with the Gainesville Housing Authority in proposing to tear down the 34-unit Tower Heights Apartments public housing complex and build the 160-unit Walton Harbor.

The new development would be built in two phases and include a mixture of low-income tax credit housing, public housing and senior housing, according to city of Gainesville documents.

Amenities could include a playground, two fitness centers, community center, an arts and crafts room for seniors, a recycling center and laundry rooms.

The 6.8-acre site is at 320 Tower Heights Road, east of Pearl Nix Parkway near the Alta Vista Cemetery.

The complex would be gated and feature four residential buildings 3-5 stories tall.

It would be “designed in an ‘urban’ look similar to Walton Summit,” city documents state. “Interior features will include spacious kitchens with large islands, walk-in closets, decorative lighting and a mix of hard surface and carpet flooring.”

Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board

What: Rezoning for 160-unit mixed-income development

When: 5:30 p.m. April 9

Where: Public Safety Complex, 701 Queen City Parkway, Gainesville

The proposal, which would require rezoning from residential to planned unit development, is set to go before the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board at 5:30 p.m. April 9.

The project will use public and private financing, relying heavily on the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program through the Department of Community Affairs, according to the city.

Walton Communities would build and manage the complex.

Meanwhile, Walton is still developing Walton Summit.

“Two of the three phases are complete and fully occupied,” the city said. “The third phase will be complete late in 2019.”

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