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Townhome project rejected again in Oakwood. Here’s why it might not be dead
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MB Endeavors is proposing 120 townhomes on this site off Flat Creek Road in Oakwood. - photo by Jeff Gill

A 120-unit townhome complex was rejected Monday by the Oakwood Planning Commission, but it may be revived as part of a larger multi-use development.

MB Endeavors, which has been trying for a couple of months to get residential housing approved between McEver, Flat Creek and Oakwood roads, sought Nov. 19 to get the townhomes approved for 16 acres between Flat Creek and Oakwood roads.

But planners seemed to balk when B.R. White, the city’s community development director, said MB Endeavors was looking to fuse the development with another possible development off McEver Road.

The McEver development, a 12-acre site featuring residential and commercial components, was rejected earlier this month by Oakwood City Council.

But MB Endeavors was hoping to get the council to reconsider the project in league with the townhome complex — a blending that would reduce overall density of the project and add single-family homes.

“The layout will change,” White said.

“So, we really don’t have anything to look at?” asked planning board member Tony Millwood, referring to a map of the overall development.

“That’s correct,” White said.

Planning board members were wavering some over whether to deny the project or table it to another meeting.

“I guess the worst thing we could do … is delay you from what you ultimately are trying to get,” Millwood said to John Purcell, representing MB Endeavors. “Only tabling this is going to harm you.”

MB Endeavors had tried earlier this year to get a 107-unit townhome project on a slightly smaller site between Flat Creek and Oakwood roads approved.

Council voted down that proposal on Oct. 8.

Several residents spoke at that meeting opposing the project. Concerns included that it might infringe on the privacy of neighboring residents and increase crime.

One resident spoke about how the development would be another example of “rapid, rampant development” that’s turning the area into “another Gwinnett County.”

A couple of residents also voiced opposition to the 12-acre McEver development, saying they were concerned about the housing density.

Mayor Lamar Scroggs said at that meeting that the property has had its current commercial zoning for about 15-20 years and “there haven’t been any buyers for the property.”

He went on to say that Oakwood’s lack of residential growth over the past few years might hurt the city financially when Hall County and its cities begin later this year looking at renewing the special purpose local option sales tax.

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