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PTC Council may lift moratorium on more apartments

The Peachtree City Council will decide Thursday whether it wants city staff to study a proposed 52-unit assisted living development in the Lexington Circle commercial center off Ga. Highway 54 at Walt Banks Road.

Council has the luxury of saying “no” outright to the development, thanks to the city’s moratorium on rezonings for multi-family uses such as apartments and multi-unit facilities.

According to developer The LaSalle Group, the facility is expected to have about 30 employees once it is fully up and running. The building is targeted specifically for Alzheimer’s and “memory care” patients, according to city staff.

The site is located directly across Walt Banks Road from the Holy Trinity Catholic Church and a stone’s throw from McIntosh High School.

Even if council decides to lift the moratorium, it would only mean that the developer can work with city staff to provide information on the project prior to the proposed rezoning votes by the planning commission and the council. The planning commission’s vote would be advisory only, as the final say on all zoning matters rests with the council.

There is another hurdle the project will have to cross, according to city staff, as the zoning documents for the Lexington Circle property from March 2000 do not list an assisted living facility as a permitted use, though a development agreement in 2001 does list it as a potential use for the tract. That agreement, however, does not appear to have been voted on by the full council, and amendments in 2003 and 2004 also lacked an allowance for assisted living as a permitted use, according to city staff.

If council decides to lift the moratorium, staff would work to amend the existing Limited Use Commercial zoning for the tract so they can be considered for approval by the planning commission and city council, according to a memo to council authored by City Planning and Zoning Administrator David Rast.

In other business, council is expected to approve the use of its eminent domain powers to acquire permanent easements on three small parcels for stormwater improvements in the Wynnmeade and Preston Chase subdivisions. The easements total less than 200 sq. ft. each.

For two of the parcels, the homeowners have cooperated with the city but their lenders have been non-responsive, according to City Attorney Ted Meeker. The city has not even gotten a response from the property owner of the third parcel, located at 110 Wynnmeade Parkway, Meeker wrote in a memo to council.

The use of eminent domain was considered as a last resort to obtain the easements.



They can just say no. LOL

They need to do what's in the best interest of PTC since the COC hasn't been able to recruit something for the 20 something crowd.

Robert W. Morgan's picture

Besides, what you gona do with it when it fails because of the other competition that paid much less for their land? You think seniors need to be visible from the highway? So stupid. Just go away.

Live free or die!

This ones for Alzheimer's and memory problem folks. Something we all might need.

Now, I'm just going to forget you said that.

Some people don't have the resources to care for a loved one whose mental faculties deteriorate. With our aging population, this may be needed. Pretty sure the firm studied the demographics.

Of course most of the staff will be underpaid and will come from other counties to work here, but that's another issue.

My dad's boyhood friend has a wife going thru Alzheimer's. At his age it's difficult to care for her and in home nursing costs an arm and a leg

'Twas a joke. I'm going to "forget".......get it?:)

Too late for this, I guess.

I wonder if you asked the residents and family members of properties in, say, Texas, how much assisting is going on with these numbers. Not to mention where these caregivers are going to come from to address what is needed in Georgia.

Robert W. Morgan's picture

Like I said before - enough senior housing already - all types of senior housing are here in abundance - turn them down, Keep the moratorium in place. Sends a signal to others as well.

Thanks council. You did the right thing.

Live free or die!

Can't believe the support for "apartmenta" and not more Senior Citizen type apartments. Here are the facts:

Apartments bring a more transient type of resident.
Usually higher crime.
Create more burden on infrastructure and schools.


No infrastructure drain.
Low/No crime.
Spend money in the community as they don't commute out of the area during the day.



mudcat's picture

Quite the opposite. That's what the moratorium is all about. It will take 3 of the 5 on council to vote to allow staff to begin work on reviewing any proposals for anything multi-family. Don't think that is going to happen with this council - here on anywhere else in the city.

Sure, if you have only those 2 choices - apartments or senior living you would go with senior living. But those 2 choices are not on the table now and unlikely they will be in the future.

A larger more serious and longer lasting debate would be seniors/retirees vs. young working families. By doing nothing - that is simply let the city age in place, we will wind up with a lot of older people not contributing to the tax base. Of course government's solution would be to eliminate the age/income loophole for property taxes and raise taxes across the board so that half our citizens making $30,000 from social security have an $8,000 property tax bill. Then seniors move out, values go down and the tax base goes down again and you'll have vacant $150,000 houses sporting a $10,000 tax bill.

Or we can take steps to encourage younger taxpaying families to move into town for either jobs located here or the superior recreation and schools. That keeps values up and taxes down. I think that is where this Visioning thing at the Chamber is headed. Hope so.

No way, no how will she let them in. She wants young families. Sounds like she's following the company line of the vision people.

So, the question is, what is the proper business to be placed there to lure families? Jumpy place? Most went out of business. Ice cream place? Already have a yogurt place. Fast food? Tell me, what would be an attraction for families at that location?

What has the FCDA, PTC, or the COC done to market this space to an entrepreneur that wants to build something to lure families?

coming, maybe, to Widget Dr., behind Pit Stop at TDK and Hwy 74. Something Like Starlite in Sharpsburg, bowling alley, etc., if it goes through...I don't have a clue about them.

Yes, Learnard IS the Vision people.

I like jumpy places. They are fun, but business model doesn't fit our population. Try to pay the rent when most if the money coming in is on weekends. There is a nice jumpy place right behind the Home Plate baseball field. All the others are out of business.

I'm not for or against the Alzheimer's place. I'm all for bringing in families. But someone needs to tell me what they prefer at this location that will motivate a family to move here. I'm all ears.

I also want to know if council is going to reject the 55 and over community in order to follow the vision marching orders.

Can't wait to hear what the vision people are going to do retail wise to lure families. Amenities, activities and the rural setting is what brought me here.

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