More details have emerged for a planned development right next to The Anderson’s Sunflower Farm.
Applicant Forsyth Senior Living, LLC recently submitted a request to rezone about 44 acres on Atlanta Highway and Mars Hill and Shiloh roads from agricultural district (A1) to urban village district (UV). The plans call for the development, known as Sterling Estates of Forsyth, to have 339 residential units – 19 single-family detached, 220 apartments and 100 single-family attached – for a total of about 7.7 units per acre.
The development will include 171 parking spaces, 9.3 acres of open space and residences will include independent and assisted-living options. Per the documents, 38.35% of the units will be assisted-living.
Amenities include an on-site dining facility, medical facilities, physical therapy facilities, a hair salon and indoor and outdoor recreation space, including a two-story, 344,802 square-foot wellness center.
Developers will have a preliminary zoning review meeting on Wednesday, March 4 and will have an applicant work time period until Sept. 1. After that, the county’s planning commission and board of commissioners will hear the proposal at a future meeting.
Variances are being requested to reduce the exterior buffer and to increase the maximum gross square footage per business establishment from 60,000 square feet to 506,178 square feet.
Sterling Estates currently has two locations in Marietta. This third location will be next to The Anderson’s Sunflower Farm, a popular site each summer for families and photographers since the 1990s.
Meanwhile, across the street from both Sterling Estates and the sunflower farm is The Traditions, which sits on about 182 acres along Atlanta Highway and Majors Road which has plans to include office, restaurant, retail and senior living.