163-apartment seniors complex proposed for F’ville’s Lafayette Village


An initial proposal to establish a residential area for seniors is expected to be presented at the May 10 meeting of the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission. The preliminary site plan for the Lafayette Village Senior Community shows a proposal to construct a total of 163 senior apartments and 28 cottage-style homes

in three phases on 11 acres immediately to the west of Lafayette Avenue and fronting on Ga. Highway 54.

The plan was submitted on behalf of the Beverly J. Searles Foundation. City Senior Planner Linwood Robinson in a recent memo said the plan depicts a three-phased development approach for a senior living facility that includes 83 senior apartments for phase one, 80 apartments for phase two construction and a total of 28 cottage-style homes for phase three development.

Detailed plans for the proposal are not yet available, though the site plan shows the 11-acre area with PCD (Planned Community District) zoning with Phase 1 apartments situated near the center of the property and Phase 2 apartments essentially bordering Hwy. 54. The plan calls for the apartments to be three- and four-story buildings. The Phase 3 cottage homes on the north side of the development are planned as one-story units.

The site plan shows approximately 50 percent open space and parking for 173 vehicles at build-out.

The property, as with the parcel to the east of Lafayette Avenue up to the Hampton Inn, is zoned PCD. The 13.7-acre area to the east in 2008 had been the proposed site of a 163,000 square-foot retail/office/residential development. The proposal was tabled after anchor prospect LA Fitness pulled out. There have been no proposals for the area since that time.

Also pertaining to the Villages at Lafayette, the Fayetteville City Council later this month is expected to conduct a public hearing and the first reading of a an amendment to the zoning ordinance that would allow increased density in exchange for the developer providing additional open space. The amendment was suggested in the city of Fayetteville Quality of Growth Audit performed in 2009 by the Atlanta Regional Commission.

PCD requirements currently include a minimum of 20 percent open space. The proposed residential site includes 50 percent open space.