A senior housing community request has been tabled by the Carrollton City Council pending a landscape plan/design and a traffic study to determine whether a traffic light would be granted by the Georgia Department of Transportation.
The original request by Carstin Developers LLC was to rezone 9.93 acres from C-2 (general commercial) to C-3 (neighborhood commercial) with the Senior Housing Floating Zone at 170 Highway 113.
City Attorney Chuck Conerly advised that the rezoning proposal included a site plan that is binding and is more restrictive than covenants, and the applicant would essentially have to come back and request a rezoning to change the greenspace and use it for something else.
A representative for the owners of the property said that with regards to the potential traffic they had looked into getting a better intersection there. He said the owners had a discussion with the DOT, which said that due to Old Bremen Road, it would not allow a light or a regular intersection other than a “right in, right out.” This conversation allegedly occurred a year ago.
Mayor Walt Hollingsworth said what might end up happening is further overloading Highway 113. He said that traffic is backed up to the EMC in the mornings with vehicles trying to get on to Highway 27, and in the afternoon traffic is backed up to Brandy Chase with motorists trying to get onto the bypass.
City Manager Tim Grizzard estimated the cost of signals to be about $200,000 and said if they were approved, the developer would assume the cost.
Councilman Rory Wojcik said he is for senior housing and affordable living to make sure people have a place to live but he wants to make sure it is the best place for them to have connections to town and he wants to make sure that the city would not have to eat those costs later.
Thomas Ward, who is with the development team, spoke to the City Council and said that the proposed project is 102 units of affordable housing.
“It is designed for the security of the senior community with activities indoors,” said Ward. “We’ll be happy to do a traffic study. One thing about a traffic study is that most elderly complexes have less single trips than even a single-family house so they go at different times. They don’t go at eight o’clock in the morning they don’t go at five o’clock or come home at that time. The majority of them, probably 40 percent of them, work, the rest of them are disabled or older or whatever. So they’re going to the doctor’s office and they’re going somewhere at 10 or 11 or 1 or 2 and they’re not out there in the traffic.”