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This site plan shows the layout of an 88-unit senior housing development that Snellville leaders approved on Monday.

Snellville leaders have cleared the way for an 88-unit senior housing development to be built in the heart of the city.

The City Council approved Wendover Housing Partners’ proposal to build a 111,412-square-foot housing facility next to Snellville United Methodist Church at the corner of Henry Clower Boulevard and Pate Street on Monday. It is the first development in the Snellville Town Center area.

“The proposed … age restricted community will not only add value to the nearby properties. It’s very close to the Senior Center in the Towne Center and Wendover’s residents will frequent that facility often,” Wendover officials said in the project’s letter of intent.

“The Comprehensive Plan/LCI Study does have a need for affordable senior housing and that’s what we’re proposing to develop adjacent to the Snellville United Methodist Church.”

The development, which will be built on an existing parking lot at the church, will be named Asbury Pointe.

It will feature two elevators, interior hallways that are air conditioned and a clubhouse which may feature a hair salon, a social gathering room, an exercise room and businesses center. City officials said the development may include a garden, shuffleboard court and gazebo as well.

“As the rapid increase of senior-oriented development in Snellville and the Atlanta metro will attest, there is a large and growing need for housing for an aging population other than detached single-family homes on large lots, which is by far the most common development type in Snellville,” city officials said.

“Not all present and future residents wish to give up that lifestyle, but more and more are expressing a desire to at least have other options, so that they do not have to make the choice between an unsustainable lifestyle or leaving their city.”

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