Newnan Council thinking about ‘affordable’ apartment intricate

The Newnan City Council will take into consideration a request to rezone around 35.49 acres

The Newnan City Council will take into consideration a request to rezone around 35.49 acres of land for a proposed apartment advanced on the Newnan Crossing Bypass.

In accordance to documents from the metropolis, the land, if permitted by the city council on Tuesday, would be rezoned from RS-15, which is a medium-density residential single-loved ones zoning, to RMH, which is a greater density residential multi-spouse and children zoning.

The whole lot is specifically south of the Springs apartment sophisticated on the Newnan Crossing Bypass between Lower Fayetteville Highway and Poplar Highway, and is at present undeveloped and has been for around 20 several years.

If developed, the condominium advanced, to be produced by Dominium, a Minnesota-based enterprise, would require 396 “affordable” condominium models, in accordance to metropolis documents. The 396 units would be in 12 structures made around a park measuring 302 by 242 ft.

Facilities would include things like two playgrounds, a club home, a pool, a doggy park, a picnic place and accessibility to a nearby walking path.

The flats are referred to as “employee housing,” even though it is not straight away very clear what employer the housing would guidance. The Newnan Moments-Herald contacted Dominium’s Minnesota office environment by mobile phone but did not get a reaction.

Even so, documents from Dominium reference Piedmont Newnan Hospital personnel traveling from outside the house Coweta County. A research incorporated in the city’s agenda packet discusses housing solutions for well being care personnel.

In accordance to city paperwork, the sophisticated, if created out in accordance to prepare, would consist of 76 a single-bed room units, 190 two-bed room units and 130 3-bedroom models. The a person-bed room units would be 745 square ft, the two-bedroom units would be 950 square toes and the a few-bedroom models would be 1,235 sq. feet.

According to Newnan’s zoning ordinances, household qualities can be more compact in RMH-zoned homes than those people zoned RS-15.

Bare minimum “principal dwelling place,” according to the zoning ordinance, is 1,800 sq. feet in RS-15 homes, though that identical least for RMH-zoned properties is 500 sq. ft for studio flats, 700 sq. toes for one-bedroom residences, 950 square ft for two-bed room apartments, 1,100 sq. ft for apartments with three or far more bedrooms and 1,500 square feet for any other residences not coated.

Previously this month, Dominium declared they experienced commenced design on yet another apartment intricate in the similar area, a 202-unit elaborate just north of the Springs advanced. That intricate is supposed for seniors aged 55 and about.

That proposed apartment intricate is set to be concluded in Fall 2022. Dominium been given tax-exempt bonds from the Newnan Housing Authority for the development, according to a release from the corporation.

On March 9, the Newnan Scheduling Fee recommended acceptance for the elaborate, with a 3-2 vote, with a handful of disorders.

Those circumstances are:

– The task will be reliable with the plan, density, task info, amenities and architectural facts as presented as part of the software.

– The developer will install all targeted visitors mitigation actions as identified by a targeted visitors research and accepted by the Metropolis Engineer.

– The developer shall supply and install street lights together Newnan Crossing Bypass, adjacent to the parcel, in accordance with the lights requirements for a multi-lane city corridor for the electrical service provider for the improvement.

– The developer shall reapply immediately after the summary of 15 several years to lengthen the period of affordability needs for an further 15-yr phrase.

Applicant speaks of bridging a hole of reasonably priced housing

In a letter to the town of Newnan, George Rosenzweig, who represents Dominium for the proposed residences, cited a modern evaluation offered to the town from Bleakly Advisory Team.

The assessment, dated June 20, 2019, said that 49 % of renters in Newnan had been detailed as “housing value-burdened,” which is outlined as renters that fork out more than 30 per cent of their money to housing expenditures.

The research also said that “need for very affordable housing is increasing and is not getting met by marketplace-price condominium deliveries of highly amenitized, luxurious attributes, concentrating on affluent renters.”

In accordance to Rosenzweig’s letter, Dominium has commissioned a study from Bleakly concerning the desires of very affordable housing.

The research mentioned that Newnan “faces ongoing market place pressure for multi-household housing due to sustained populace and employment expansion,” and that the health and fitness treatment sector is a major part of Newnan’s economic system, but most of its employees make less than $50,000 for every year.

“A residence earning $50,000 for each yr could only manage a home priced at close to $180,000,” the analyze reviews, “the recent median house sale price in Coweta County is $285,000.”

The examine also suggests that the deficiency of very affordable housing in Newnan is “a vital factor” in all those staff members deciding on to not stay in the town.

Some nearby citizens opposed to proposed condominium intricate

A handful of nearby people have despatched letters to the city of Newnan expressing their opposition to the proposed apartment complicated.

The letters arrived from citizens that are living in the Lakeshore subdivision, whose major entry would be throughout the road from the proposed apartments.

“Adding these flats will result in additional overcrowding to an presently congested spot, and it will create further concerns for our overfilled colleges,” said Lakeshore resident Ashlyn Ellerbee, who stated she and her fellow Lakeshore citizens were strongly opposed to the apartments.

“These apartments would also trigger website traffic and basic safety concerns for the Lakeshore group as effectively as the other surrounding communities,” she wrote. “One other significant concern is that it will lessen the assets values for this area.”

Ellerbee claimed she did not want the flats “to be the purpose for us leaving our property listed here.”

“I truly feel this will provide an unwanted total of difficulties to our neighborhood, additionally thinking ahead of what it could do to our home values,” explained fellow Lakeshore resident Lauren Cole.

“Not only will this lower our home worth, it will convey more criminal offense to the spot,” claimed Lakeshore resident Amy Acevedo. “Are you seeking to push us out of town? Does no 1 care about how much crime is increasing?”

“Traffic and protection of pedestrians are significant locations of issue,” explained a different Lakeshore resident, Eddie Velez. “Traffic jams north of Poplar Highway currently span the distance between Newnan Crossing Bypass and Lessen Fayetteville Street and their intersections, and the intersection is routinely blocked by site visitors turning into Lakeshore Parkway all through rush hour.”

Velez argued local community targeted traffic will “disproportionately surge” all through the morning and evening hurry several hours, which will cause difficulties for all those in the Springs flats, and will negatively impression protection for kids.

The Newnan Town Council will maintain a public hearing for the proposed rezoning at its conference Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Newnan City Hall, located at 25 LaGrange St. in Newnan.