Opponents of our garden units have conveniently bypassed several key facts about Eastside Village, which will be unlike anything Snellville has ever seen. Did you know . . .
- Our plan is more community-friendly than the current zoning because we will build 113 fewer apartments than what was originally approved – a nearly 33 percent reduction in apartments?
- Our garden units will attract renters who could afford mortgages but instead choose to rent?
- The majority of our apartments will be 1-bedroom garden units designed specifically for the needs of single professionals, hospital employees and active seniors – not families?
- The garden units at Eastside Village will provide desperately needed senior housing, which is among Snellville’s biggest needs. Currently, availability of affordable housing for the elderly is extremely limited in Snellville?
Here’s what most people in Snellville don’t know about Eastside Village:
- Our vibrant, walkable community will take the place of an overgrown, abandoned property left vacant for nearly 15 years.
- A previous effort to turn this property into a senior housing development failed, leaving Snellville with nothing.
- Eastside Village will transform what was planned as high-density senior housing into a significantly less dense and much more community-friendly residential neighborhood with high-end homes, attractive brownstones, and garden units.
- Our plan is more community-friendly because it calls for 365 fewer units than what was originally approved – a 50 percent reduction in density.
- Our plan is more community-friendly because it reduces traffic by 45 percent compared to the previously approved project.
An outside consultant hired by the city of Snellville to review rezoning plans for Eastside Village told council members Wednesday night that the new community is consistent with the city’s comprehensive plan.
While not asked by council to provide an endorsement at this point, expert Megan Will said the comprehensive plan “supports” many aspects of the residential community planned by FrontDoor Communities and Lynwood Development Group.
Will should know. She helped draft the city’s 2030 Comprehensive Land Use Plan that was adopted five years ago.
In her remarks to council, Will highlighted several elements of the rezoning proposal that are consistent with the Comp Plan. Among them:
- The new community provides numerous pedestrian connections and access.
- The architecture of Eastside Village is “consistent with city’s architectural guidelines.”
- Eastside Village will be a walkable community, which should attract active seniors who are seeking such amenities.
- Attracting senior housing to Snellville is called for in the Comp Plan.
- The new neighborhood will provide affordable housing for the city’s workforce.
- Eastside Village will provide diversity in housing options, which the city desires.
Marian Adeimy, an attorney for Lynwood Development Group, said she was encouraged by the consultant’s remarks.
“It’s clear that many aspects of our project are consistent with the comprehensive plan,” she said. “We look forward to continuing to work with the city to achieve their goals for development and to make Eastside Village a reality for Snellville.”
FrontDoor Communities and Lynwood Development Group are expanding their presence in Georgia with plans to build a master planned residential community in the thriving Gwinnett County city of Snellville.
The new community, to be developed on 45 acres adjacent to Eastside Medical Center, will be named Eastside Village and feature 60 high-end homes and 68 brownstones, as well as 233 garden units designed to attract single professionals, hospital employees and active seniors.
“We are excited about the prospect of building a master planned neighborhood in a Snellville community desperately in need of new housing options,” said Terry Russell, CEO of FrontDoor Communities and former CEO of John Wieland Homes. “We’re also proud that Eastside Village will offer great walkability with more than 11 acres of park and open space.”
FrontDoor is partnering with Lynwood Development Group, which has developed several residential communities in Gwinnett County. Eastside Village, located off of Tree Lane in Snellville, will be its 10th.
“We are pleased to partner with FrontDoor Communities to bring much-needed single-family homes and high-end apartments to Snellville,” said Woody Snell, president of Lynwood Development Group. “What we appreciate most is FrontDoor’s commitment to building neighborhoods that bring quality designs to a community that embraces an active lifestyle.”
Homes in Eastside Village will offer floor plans ranging in size from 2,100 to more than 3,500 square feet and prices from the mid $300,000’s to the $500,000’s. Additionally, the community will feature 68 brownstone townhomes with two-car garages and priced from the $200,000’s. Rents for garden apartments will range from about $950 for a 1-bedroom unit to about $1,400 for a 3-bedroom. The community will reflect FrontDoor’s signature architectural style of highly detailed homes that feature brick, stone, stacked stone and wood. Additional amenities will include a pool, clubhouse and cabana.