Commissioners refuse apartments for the elderly at 34 East
Plans for a two- or three-story senior apartment complex on Highway 34 East were unanimously rejected by the Coweta County Council of Commissioners.
The applicants, Heritage Baptist Church, (now known as Real Church Coweta) requested the rezoning of 7 acres on the road from Rural Conservation to RRCC, the community zoning of Coweta’s Residential Retirement Care.
RRCC is Coweta’s densest zoning category, and the proposal was for 80 apartments on the 7-acre lot.
Landscape architect Dennis Drewyer spoke on behalf of the church, which owns the property.
When asked who was planning to buy the property, he replied that the developer was local, but that he would not name any names. The anonymous buyer would then sell the development site to Low Country Housing, a main promoter of independent living.
The apartments would be for 55 and over. Development will only be independent living – no assisted living, memory care or the like. There will be no subsidized or government housing; all residents will have income requirements and leases, he said. Less than half of the residents are said to have cars, he said.
The app says the resort will provide retirees with “high quality secure property at an affordable price.”
All units will be “accessible and adaptable” and ADA compliant. The complex will be tucked away behind the trees, and there will be amenities, including an elevated community garden.
“Many of us may not be able to afford Wesley Woods or a full cabin in Timberbrook,” Drewyer said of other considerably more expensive senior housing options in Coweta.
Commissioner John Reidelbach said he had looked at social housing and the community was doing a lot of low-cost housing. “I’m sorry, they call it affordable,” Reidelbach said, to laughter from the meeting attendees.
“It’s not low income,” Drewyer said.
“Affordable is very different from low income.”
Reidelbach said he believes the buyer / developer should be disclosed in a public hearing.
“We need to have a place where our police, our numbers, our teachers can retire on their social security and live in an upscale, first-class apartment like this rather than having to buy a $ 400 chalet. $ 000 to Timberbrook or elsewhere. Drewyer said. “These people he serves are our most important people.”
Development has been proposed for three stories. But the elevation of part of the property is quite high, and county staff were concerned that the three-story building would dominate the landscape. A condition has been proposed to limit it to two floors and 56 units.
Drewyer said they were fine with two floors, but there is no need to reduce the number of units. Under the zoning district, up to 85 units could be licensed, he said. They can still get 80 units on two floors. “I’m not sure why the staff recommended a reduction to 56 units,” he said.
The land is no longer suitable for single-family residential use, and the senior apartment would be the “ideal passive and transitional zoning”, between homes and doctors’ offices and commercial development.
The property is adjacent to the GO church, and the church is supporting the request. It is also adjacent to residential subdivisions on two sides and on the other side of Route 34. No one spoke against rezoning.
Commissioner Paul Poole brought forward a motion to deny rezoning and it was approved unanimously.