Gwinnett County commissioners are mulling over a proposal to build a retirement community with at least 166 units on nearly 10 acres near the University of Georgia’s Gwinnett campus and Interstate 85.
Brand Partners LLP wants to build the Clarion/Huntcrest community on 9.96 acres on the 2300 block of Sever Road, between Old Peachtree and North Brown roads. Documents show that although the initial request was for 166 multifamily units, including some townhomes, the county’s Planning Commission approved a condition that would let as many as 200 units be built after an amended site plan was submitted in February.
But the developer is asking county commissioners to wait a couple of months before making a decision so it can work out a deal with a builder, according to county Commissioner Jace Brooks, whose district includes the proposed site.
Therefore the commission decided Tuesday to put off making a decision until late August.
“They wanted 60 days to kind of work through all of the details,” Brooks said.
The county’s Planning and Development Division staff, and the Planning Commission, have each recommended approval of the development — albeit with conditions.
Some of the proposed conditions presented to commissioners include the community being open only to residents over 55; a requirement for low pitched roofs and decorative parapets on buildings; and a limit of no more than 10 three-bedroom housing units.
Brand Partners is pitching the proposed development as a place where retirement-age residents can live in an independent setting.
“The proposed retirement community would provide approximately 166 units of high-end, luxury, age-restricted multifamily homes including eight ‘townhome’ units designed around a centrally located amenity area,” Brand Partners attorney Shane Lanham wrote in a letter to county officials.
Among the amenities planned for the community include fire pits, a fitness center, a pool, an outdoor patio space and a recreation green that can be used for activities such as bocce ball or pickle ball, according to Lanham’s letter.
County documents show the retirement community, if built, would be bordered by I-85 to the west.
A county staff report shows an office building where the UGA’s Gwinnett Campus is north of the proposed site while Lebanon Baptist Church, which was built in the 1940s and includes a cemetery, is located to the east. An office complex where the offices for Sage accounting software, law firms and information technology businesses are located is south of the proposed site.
Lanham also pointed out the proximity of the proposed community to the Publix-anchored Huncrest shopping center, which is about 1,000 yards north of the development site, and nearby Sugarloaf Mills as benefits for residents of the community.
“The proposed development will create a community for seniors to ‘age in place’ in close proximity to necessary services such as grocery stores, pharmacies and health care services as well as recreational opportunities at Peachtree Ridge Park,” Lanham said.