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Townhome development to go before Oakwood City Council
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A proposed 60-townhome development near Oakwood Elementary School was recommended for approval on Monday, March 19, by the Oakwood Planning Commission. It goes before the Oakwood City Council Monday, April 9. - photo by Jeff Gill

A proposed 60-townhome development near Oakwood Elementary School and busy Thurmon Tanner Parkway goes before the Oakwood City Council at 7 p.m. Monday, April 9.

Shadow Stone Partners LLC is seeking to rezone 5.61 acres at 4515 Allen St. from highway business to planned residential development, allowing for the townhomes.

Oakwood City Council

What: Proposed rezoning for 60-townhome development at 4515 Allen St.

When: 7 p.m. Monday, April 9

Where: Oakwood City Hall, 4035 Walnut Circle

Developer Keith Cook told the Oakwood Planning Commission on March 19 he plans to market the townhomes particularly to first-time homeowners and possibly students attending the University of North Georgia’s nearby Gainesville campus.

The development would feature two-story homes with one-car garages, driveways, sidewalks and prices in the $180,000 range.

The planning board gave its OK but required that 15 overflow parking spaces be added to site plans and that a homeowners association regulates no parking on the street running through the neighborhood.

Eventually, “if the site plan is approved and this project moves forward, there will be an access to (Thurmon Tanner Parkway),” City Manager Stan Brown said at the planning commission meeting.

Thurmon Tanner is a major four-lane road running just outside Oakwood’s downtown area and extending south to Flowery Branch. Oakwood’s portion, built several years ago, connects to heavily traveled Mundy Mill Road before continuing on to Atlanta Highway/Ga. 13 at Interstate 985 and passing UNG.

A road connecting Thurmon Tanner to Allen Street would “alleviate traffic impacts we have now, particularly on Allen Street,” Brown said.

Thurmon Tanner in Oakwood has been getting some heightened attention lately.

Last month, Brown said that Walmart off Mundy Mill Road is looking at adding a Thurmon Tanner entrance.

“We believe this would be a win-win for all — better access for Sam’s Club/Walmart and traffic relief on Mundy Mill Road,” Brown said.

Mundy Mill traffic particularly bunches up at the Sam’s Club/Walmart entrance, which is across from UNG.

Only motorists traveling south on Thurmon Tanner could use the new entrance, which could lead motorists to other properties near Walmart and Sam’s Club, including a strip shopping center, Wells Fargo bank and Wendy’s restaurant.

Because of the lack of a median break, northbound drivers would have to travel past the entrance and make a U-turn to head south and toward the entrance.

“We will evaluate feasibility for a left turn in for northbound (drivers) as a part of (an ongoing) traffic improvement study,” Brown said.

In October, Oakwood City Council rezoned a small lot off Nellie Drive, which juts off Oakwood Road near Thurmon Tanner, for three apartments and possibly two restaurants.

Two other neighboring properties would be combined with the lot to make up the development, Brown said at the time.

Surveyor Keith Kilby told the council the plan is for the apartments to face Nellie Drive and businesses to face Thurmon Tanner.

“Nothing has been submitted on the restaurant/apartment site,” Brown said in March.

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