Plans have been submitted to remake the Polo Fields soccer facility in Vickery Creek into an “age-targeted” community.
According to documents from the Forsyth County Department of Planning & Community Development, Lennar Georgia Inc., a Roswell-based developer, submitted an application to rezone 39.24 acres between Polo Drive and Majors Road from single-family residential restricted district (R2R) to master-planned district (MPD) for 131 residential lots and 24,500 square feet of commercial buildings with 288 parking spaces.
The Villages at Polo Fields, as the development is called in documents, would be “age-targeted,” likely to the 55-and-older demographic.
Lennar Georgia Inc., has plans for a similar project along Pilgrim Mill Road near downtown Cumming that includes 264 “active adult” homes, along with 350 apartments, 25 townhomes and 24,000 square feet of retail space.
It’s a continuing trend in Forsyth County and the greater Atlanta area as developers market projects to an aging population. Forsyth County added 12,557 residents 55 and older from 2010 to 2017, according to figures from the U.S. Census Bureau, a jump from 18.7% of its population to 21.4%. Developers like Lennar, Sterling Estates and The Orchards Group have swooped in to supply the market with developments that appeal to those who want to downsize and avoid home maintenance while living in proximity to amenities.
Villages at Polo Fields would sit across from Vickery Village, the popular mixed-use area, inside the county’s Vickery Creek Character Area and would be built in four phases – 33 homes in phases 1, 2 and 3 and 32 homes in the last phase -- according to plans. The “single-family detached” homes would adhere to the “village-style character existing within Vickery Creek,” according to documents.
The project would also include restaurant, retail and office space behind Onelife Fitness on Post Road, according to plans.
Much of the land has been a longtime location for United Futbol Academy, one of the top youth soccer clubs in Georgia.
The process is just getting started for the development, though. A preliminary zoning review for Lennar’s application is scheduled for Aug. 7 with a work time period that ends Feb. 4, 2020.