A previously-considered mixed-use development at a busy south Forsyth intersection appears to be making a comeback.
According to planning documents submitted to Forsyth County, a development known as The Villages at Brandywine is being planned on 18.5 acres at 100 McFarland Parkway, just east of the intersection with Atlanta Highway and abutting Brandywine Elementary School.
The developer, Liu Investments, is requesting the land be rezoned from Commercial Business District (CBD), Office and Institutional District (O&I) and Single Family Residential District (R1) to Master Planned District (MPD). A variance is also requested to reduce the minimum size for an MPD from 20 acres to 18.5 acres.
The development is planned for 79 attached residential lots for townhomes and 50,000 square feet of commercial buildings with 261 parking spaces.
Per the plans, 31 percent of the area, about 5.8 acres, will be used for retail and restaurants. A 35,000-square-foot grocery store is also part of plans.
Amenities for the development include 6.4 acres of green space, multiple pocket parks, a commercial courtyard, a playground, pool and clubhouse.
The development is currently in the applicant work period phase until Tuesday, Sept. 3, and a preliminary zoning review meeting was held on March 6.
The project has previously come before the Forsyth County Planning Commission twice.
In September 2017, the commission voted 4-1 to deny the rezoning, and in March 2018, the board voted 3-2 to send the application back for zoning review.