GAINESVILLE - Gainesville's largest active senior adult development, Cresswind at Lake Lanier, got first reading city council approval Tuesday night to annex and rezone a 76 acre expansion after addressing landscaping and traffic concerns on Montgomery Drive.
Cresswind representative Brian Rochester of Rochester and Associates said the undisturbed, natural buffer along Montgomery would remain mostly intact. Planned access under Browns Bridge Road and fewer trips by Cresswind active senior residents would reduce traffic at the development's Montgomery Drive entrance. Browns Bridge Road would remain the main entrance to Cresswind.
"Studies will say that active adults generate 40 to 60 percent less traffic than a lot of people," Rochester said. "We think with our residents that's actually even lower than that, potentially up to 70 percent."
Rochester also noted that as a development condition, a traffic study would be done in the affected area.
Council also unanimously approved a Planned Unit Development zoning for assisted living facility developer Curtis McGill. McGill plans to build a 32,000 square foot, upscale complex on a long vacant 3.4 acre site near the intersection of Enota Avenue and Yonah Avenue.
Councilman Bob Hamrick said there was encouraging news from city building inspection reports.
"In our building inspection services report we see that 50 single family residential permits were issued during July," Hamrick said. "This brings a total this year so far of 113 that have been issued and most of these are pre-sold in the development stage."
According to Hamrick that compares to only 47 issued for the same period last year. He added that housing and automobile sales often lead the way in economic recovery.