An East Hall property will be annexed into the city of Gainesville and a subdivision will be built there after the Gainesville City Council approved the request Tuesday. Also, the Green Street area will be getting some new townhomes and office space.
375-home subdivision approved for Gaines Mill Road area
A 375-home subdivision off of Gaines Mill Road, near Athens Highway and Gillsville Highway, was unanimously approved by council members Tuesday, although the development received some opposition from neighbors.
Integrity Development Group, based in Brookhaven, had requested to annex the 220-acre property in to the city with a zoning of planned unit development. The property was in unincorporated Hall County but adjoined city limits on the northern end.
The main entrance to the subdivision will be off Gillsville Highway, and the homes are expected to be priced at about $260,000. Real estate agent and county commissioner Billy Powell, speaking on behalf of developers, said the neighborhood has a 10-year buildout plan, with about 35 to 40 homes being built each year.
One resident said she supported the development because she hopes to see sewer lines installed on Athens Highway.
“East Hall and that part of the county have suffered because we don’t have sewer. … We need sewer so that we can have commercial development so that we can continue to have quality, single-family residences,” Kim Crumley said.
Angela Middleton, however, said she was concerned about the burden on the school system the development could bring and the safety of students being transported to school.
“There are buses going left and right and everywhere,” she said.
Kevin Wood said he was worried the neighborhood would bring too much traffic, especially on Gillsville Highway.
Developer Johnny Hastings said there is a need for affordable starter homes in the area.
“The need here, the demand, is for starter homes in the $225-to-$275,000 range, but I want to assure you these are very nice homes,” he said.
Developers have committed $50,000 for a traffic signal at Gaines Mill Road and Athens Highway to address traffic concerns, although the Georgia Department of Transportation has jurisdiction over that intersection.
Townhomes, offices coming to downtown
Downtown Gainesville will be getting 25 new townhomes and 2,150 square feet of office space, after the Gainesville City Council unanimously approved a development off of Green Street.
Parkview on Green Street will be between Green Street and Glenwood Drive, near Willis Investment Counsel and Mellow Mushroom. The almost-2.5-acre property will have four two-story buildings, with each building having four to eight units. Each townhome would have three bedrooms. Office space is proposed for the basement of the largest building.
The property was partly zoned residential and partly zoned residential and office, and council members approved the request from S & E Holdings for the whole property to be zoned residential and office.
The Gainesville Historic Preservation Commission will be considering the design of the property at its Sept. 9 meeting.
The development did receive some opposition from neighbors, who were concerned about traffic and did not think the townhomes would be a good fit for the area.
“This will certainly change the nature of our neighborhood for the worse,” said Jenny Browning, who said she thought 25 units was excessive for the property.
Applicant Steven Hill said the development would not be visible from Green Street, and living downtown encourages people to walk rather than drive. He also noted the diversity of the Green Street area.
Howard Road named YMCA Drive
Howard Road will be renamed YMCA Drive.
The City Council unanimously approved the Georgia Mountains YMCA’s request to rename the road. The J.A. Walters Family YMCA is located along the road, which runs between White Sulphur Road and Ga. 365, and will be the only address affected.
In 2017, a similar request was approved to rename another portion of Howard Road to Lanier Tech Drive at the new Lanier Technical College campus.