240 apartments on 31.5 acres on Fayetteville’s agenda

Rezoning attorney Doug Dillard. Photo/Ben Nelms.
Rezoning attorney Doug Dillard. Photo/Ben Nelms.

A rezoning proposal to construct 240 apartments and 12,000 sq. ft. of office space on Ga. Highway 54 near Piedmont Fayette Hospital in Fayetteville was the topic of a non-voting work session at the June 26 meeting of the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission.

Above, rezoning attorney Doug Dillard. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The property is situated on 31.55 acres across Hwy. 54 from the hospital and west of Dogwood Forest assisted living facility.

Solis Fayetteville, a project of Terwilliger Pappas Multifamily Partners, is proposing to construct a 12,000 sq. ft. office building on 1.73 acres along Hwy. 54 and 3- and 4-story garden-style apartment buildings on 29.82 acres off the highway. Initial plans call for 240 apartments situated in nine buildings.

Director of Community Development Jahnee Prince noted that the apartment buildings would be constructed on sloping terrain, with three floors on one side and four floors on the other.

The lake on the property would be maintained as an amenity.

The property is currently zoned R-70 (single-family residential. Solis Fayetteville is requesting OI (office institutional) and RMF-15 (residential multi-family).

The property on the east side, where Togwatee Village is located, would include a 300-foot undisturbed buffer.

Attorney Doug Dillard representing Solis said tenants at the apartments are expected to come from area employers such as Piedmont Fayette Hospital and Pinewood Studios.

Noting that the city’s Future Land Use Map envisions the property as a business park, Dillard said he recognized that the Solis proposal is inconsistent with the map, and that Solis wants to have the plan modified.

“(The Solis proposal) is consistent with what’s going on in the area and with the hospital and its employees,” Dillard said.

Project plans call for largely 1- and 2-bedroom apartments with a smaller number of 3-bedroom apartments, thus targeting young, single professionals. Initial anticipated rent prices are in the $1,200-1,500 range.

The proposal will be presented for consideration at the July 24 meeting.