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What’s behind opposition to South Hall apartments proposal
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A proposed 240-unit apartment complex off Thompson Mill Road in South Hall County is drawing opposition.

Not only are residents saying they’re against the complex, but the Braselton Planning Commission has recommended denial.

The proposed Reserve at Braselton, featuring one-, two- and three-bedroom units and possible rents ranging from $800 to $1,100, now is set to go before the Braselton Mayor and Council for a public hearing on Thursday, July 5, and final vote on July 9.

The complex would be on 30 acres east of Spout Springs Road and near the Oaks at Braselton senior living complex.

Four people spoke against the complex at the June 25 planning board meeting.

“A lot of their main points (addressed) compatibility with the surrounding land use and zoning, (and) the difference in how Hall County regulates apartments versus Braselton,” said Kevin D. Keller, Braselton’s planning and development director.

Many of the emails he has gotten about the proposal also touch on the developer’s plan to try to use federal housing tax credits through a Georgia Department of Community Affairs program to help finance the project.

Those details aren’t in MV Residential Development LLC’s application. However, the developer indicated at the June 25 meeting it would seek “tax credits to provide affordable housing,” Keller said.

George Tullos, a developer with MV Residential, couldn’t be reached for comment after the vote.

In an earlier interview, he said he hopes the complex would attract teachers, police and others in service industries in the growing area.

“It is so needed in that area,” he said.

MV Residential is seeking to annex and rezone the property to multifamily residential from residential.

Complex amenities would include a swimming pool, laundry room, exercise room, computer center, covered picnic area, playground and multipurpose room, according to the site plan.

Drawings of the project show an architectural style similar to Braselton’s Chateau Elan resort, which, according to Chateau Elan’s website, “emulates elements of a French country estate.”

If the project is approved, construction could start in the summer of 2019 and be completed in 10-14 months, depending on “weather and other factors,” Tullos has said.

“It’s a very loose time frame, at this point,” he said.

Braselton Mayor and Council

What: Public hearing on proposed 240-unit apartment complex on Thompson Mill Road

When: 4 p.m. Thursday, July 5

Where: Braselton Police and Municipal Court Building, 5040 Ga. 53

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