Grayson OKs retirement community

GRAYSON - A rezoning that allows for a continuing care retirement community was unanimously OK'd Monday night at a public hearing by the Grayson City Council.

The action came following a recommendation to approve by the City Planning Commission.

"This will be a very unique component to benefit the citizens of Grayson," said Tom Evans, spokesman for the Village of Olde Town Grayson LLC, developers of the property located at Ga. Highway 20 and Rosebud Road. The main entrance will be off Ga. 20 with a secondary entrance off McConnell Road.

"I think it will be a model that's going to work."

Construction on the facility, on 18.1 acres, is now scheduled to begin before March. The rezoning calls for a change from R-4 (single-family residences) to PUD (Planned Unit Development) mixed-use zoning.

The new development, under one owner, is planned for residents ages 62 and up and will be leased to the occupants. Included in the plan are 60 independent living units, 71 assisted living units and 47 attached one- and two-bedroom cottage homes. Also in the works are a clubhouse, an indoor pool, a library, a computer room, a putting green and walking trails. It will be staffed around the clock and have 54 percent open space, according to Evans.

According to City Planner Steve Sappington, this condominium-type development is the first mixed-use PUD approved in Grayson.

In other business, the council:

· Approved its $1.3 million city budget for 2008-09;

· Appointed City Administrator Laura Paul-Cone as superintendent of election, absentee ballot clerk and chief registrar, and Laurie Anderson as poll manager;

· Adopted the National Incident Management System ordinance as required by the state.