Hundreds in the Brookwood community turnout to voice their concerns over two proposed apartment developments in the city of Snellville.
Lynwood Development is proposing nearly 400 apartments, homes, and townhomes near Eastside Medical Center. Brand Properties is proposing an additional 250 apartments on the other side.
Both developers say they will be geared towards professionals, seniors and empty nesters.
“The demographics age-wise and otherwise in this community are changing; the community is evolving and we think this is a good use,” says Lee Tucker, attorney for Brand Properties.
But those attending the community-sponsored meeting pointed out that many of the apartments will be two and three-bedroom units and voiced concerns as to the impact an influx of children could have on Brookwood schools. Many, who moved to the area years ago because of the schools, worry they could find themselves redistricted out.
Others point to an increase in traffic in the already-congested Snellville area.
“Tree Lane (and) Ronald Reagan Parkway, have you ever been on one of those on the weekend?” asked Karen Stymer. “They are so overcrowded now, how do you propose to add another 2,000 cars a day?”
Tucker admits that traffic will increase due to the development, but says they will address any infrastructure improvements that may be needed.
Having grown up in Snellville and attended Brookwood schools himself, he understands the community’s concerns.
“It’s a great civics lesson; folks are out expressing and getting information and trying to make a decision on whether or not a project is a good project for their community… I certainly respect that and I’m glad we had a great turnout,” he tells WSB’s Sandra Parrish.
Members of the Snellville City Council and mayor were on hand for the meeting, although none have been able to publically express how they feel on either development.
The city has hired an independent consultant to look at both projects and report back to the city’s planning commission. The commission will then decide Sept. 23 whether or not to recommend the rezoning applications. A final vote by the council is expected Oct. 27.