Snellville, GA - A big turnout is expected tonight in Snellville as a developer for one of two proposed apartment complexes holds a community meeting at city hall.
News of the two developments near Eastside Medical Center have spread like wildfire over social media in the last week.
One of the developments, Eastside Village, calls for nearly 400 units including apartments, townhomes, and single-family homes.
Attorney Marian Adeimy represents Lynwood Development and tells WSB’s Sandra Parrish the mixed residential development is geared toward those who work at the hospital.
“The goal of this community is to market and serve seniors, empty nesters, and employees who want to live close to work,” she says.
The second proposed development by Brand Properties would be called Scenic Promenade and includes over 250 apartments.
But local residents of Snellville are concerned how the two proposals would affect Brookwood Schools.
“I’m very concerned about the number of children that this is going to bring in that are going to be attending one elementary school in the cluster I live in,” says Ron Weber, who worries that the developments could lead to redistricting.
He is part of the newly formed Facebook page SOSnellville. Created just over a week ago, it already has more than 1,000 likes and had reached an estimated 10,000 people.
Adeimy makes it clear that the two proposals are different and should be judged on their own merits. She says 60 percent of Eastside Village includes one-bedroom units and is not intended to attract families.
Both properties will need to be rezoned before either development could go in. Currently the land for Eastside Village is zoned for retirement housing and Scenic Promenade as general business. The zoning requests are to change both to a multi-family residential district.
The rezoning requests have been submitted to the Snellville Planning Commission which is set to vote on Aug. 26. The full Snellville City Council is scheduled to vote Sept. 22.
The Eastside Village developer will be on hand at tonight’s 7pm meeting at Snellville City Hall to talk to those with concerns.
Another communitywide meeting with both developers is scheduled for Brookwood High School on Aug. 14.