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Townhomes in Cumming take step toward development

 
POSTED: February 28, 2017 3:00 a.m.

At a meeting on Tuesday, members of the Cumming City Council voted unanimously to variances to change the number of one- and three-bedroom units, remove two previously planned tennis courts, change the amount of external material and make the development site plan-specific for Brookside Heights, a 210-unit townhome development on 36 acres on the west side of Canton Highway (Hwy. 20 west) across the road from Elm Street.

“The unit mix is going to be: 60 one-bedroom units, which will be approximately 28.5 percent; 105 two-bedroom units, 50 percent; and 45 three-bedroom units, 21 percent,” said Scott Morgan, director of planning and zoning.

Charlie Roberts of Roberts Properties Inc. said the variance for more bedroom units was due to demand.

“I don’t know if 40 percent [the original amount of one-bedroom units] will rent — they rent for $800-$900 per month,” Roberts said. “We want the bigger units that rent for $1,600 a month rather than the $850 for one-bedrooms. We want a higher income clientele.”

He said the townhomes will be high-end and larger areas will attract customers willing to pay more, saying the change will make it a more balanced product.

The development will have several amenities, including a clubhouse, fitness center, activity room, resort–style swimming pool, playground, fire pits, outdoor grilling stations, a business and nature center and nature trails along a creek on the property.

“There’s a logging trail there now,” Roberts said. “We want to develop that logging trail, also with numerous sewer easements. The city, happily enough, keeps those sewer easements mowed, which creates a great hiking trail.”

Roberts said there will be a small, passive pocket park and that he is open to deeding land to the city.

The entrance will be gated with a monument sign and connectivity to other properties.

Morgan said the city zoned the property 14 years ago.

“The property was actually rezoned in 2003 as part of a city-wide, city-initiated rezonings,” he said. “It was done at a time that we eliminated the agricultural zoning district and created some other zoning districts.”

At that time, the property was zoned multi-family residential R3 with a small portion as highway business district.

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