245-home Senoia seniors project gets easement OK

245-home Senoia seniors project gets easement OK

The proposed East Village development in Senoia has now cleared one objection the city had previously voiced.

Developer Dennis Drewyer appeared at the Senoia City Council meeting Monday night and announced the city had obtained a right of way easement on Ga. Highway 85.

Originally proposed in mid-2016, McIntosh Trail Properties proposed 245 homes for active age 55 and up adults near the intersection of Georgia highways 85 and 16.

With a minimum of 2,000 sq. ft. per home, the residential component would include 110 lots at just under one acre each and 135 senior cottage lots at three per acre. More than 98 percent of the lots would be situated adjacent to greenspace areas, according to the proposed land use plan.

Amenities would include sidewalks, a path system, parks, lakes and docks, a clubhouse with swimming pool, fitness center and wi-fi cafe, and community flower and vegetable gardens.

Once approved, the commercial/grocery center component of the mixed-use development on the southeast corner of highways 16 and 85 will be proposed.

While the square footage of the anchor store is unknown, plans show a main building with several outparcels.

When asked about connecting the development to the rest of the city, he said the East Village would have paths, but was not necessarily a golf cart community and also faces a hurdle of two state highways. He said the developer has agreed to pay $650,000 in development fees the city could possibly use to connect the area to the rest of the city.