Welcome to "Actual Factual," a regular column in which I, Becca Godwin, answer reader questions about goings-on in north Fulton. Here's one I did recently about whether a burger spot went belly-up already.
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Reader Andy asks: What is being built at the adjacent land where Johns Creek City Hall is currently located?
Andy, thanks for tasking me with answering this question for you. Especially because the answer is pretty interesting.
So grab a cup of coffee, settle in and let’s get to it.
The thing that’s being built near City Hall (and Emory Johns Creek Hospital and The Standard Club) is...
The Memory Center, a residential community that mimics a complete town for those living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.
The 48 suites will be constructed around the “Town Center,” an area with a library, general store, bank, tavern, ice cream stand, salon and movie theater that shows films from the past. Think “Casablanca” or “The Wizard of Oz.”
And the Johns Creek location will have “icons to represent historical Atlanta,” according to a November 2016 press release. There are also locations in Richmond and Virginia Beach, where the corporate office is located.
The state-licensed facility is scheduled to open in spring 2017.
Now, anticipating everyone’s next question—“That sounds great and all, but will this will increase traffic?”—know that subject was taken into consideration.
Kimley-Horn conducted a traffic impact study comparing the proposed center’s potential traffic to that of either a 200-room hotel or an 84,096-square-foot office, which were the site’s zoning options in May 2015.
According to the memo, the Memory Center was projected to result in less potential traffic impact on the surrounding roads than other approved developments would.
The Memory Center’s website says it will be located at 12050 Findley Road.
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