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Sugar Hill annexes property for new retail development

SUGAR HILL - An annexation and rezoning request that permits a retail development to rise on Suwanee Dam Road garnered no public response in Monday's city council meeting.

Sugar Hill City Council members approved the request that will turn 1.51 acres at 5853 Suwanee Dam Road into retail shops. The property adjoins three residences and a child care center. It was formerly zoned for office and industrial use in unincorporated Gwinnett, and conforms to Sugar Hill's Future Land Use Map. Plans show 8,550 square feet of retail space with 36 parking spaces.

"After this, I don't want to see anymore business development on Suwanee Dam Road," Councilman Marc Cohen said.

Zoning ordinance amendment for senior housing approved

As the population ages, the two-story homes currently popular with builders will become less feasible, said Councilman Mike Sullivan. To accommodate those baby boomers, Sugar Hill's city council passed a zoning ordinance amendment that allows planned development specifically for ages 55 and older.

"I wouldn't want (anyone) to move away because there's no housing," Sullivan said.

Many cities are seeing a push toward 55-plus housing, said Mayor Gary Pirkle.

"We have the land mass and prime areas," Pirkle said. "It attracts a different type of resident. They don't need big subdivisions."