A developer’s concept plan depicts the main building, with independent living, assisted living and memory care residences for seniors, at the Village Park at Wills Road in Alpharetta. CITY OF ALPHARETTA

Alpharetta OKs senior housing with conditions

A divided Alpharetta City Council has approved a developer’s plan for a 130-unit senior citizens housing project – subject to 21 conditions governing construction, buffers, trees and other issues – on seven acres at the northwest corner of Wills Road and South Main Street.

Village Park at Wills Road is to be developed by Village Park Senior Living on land formerly known as the Sims Property. The three-parcel site consists of a seasonal haunted house, a place of worship and a barn. The plan was approved on a 4-2 vote, with Mayor Belle Isle and Council Member Jim Gilvin casting the dissenting votes.

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The project will offer single-story cottages and duplexes and an independent living portion of the three-story, 135,000-square-foot main building for seniors who may need limited to no assistance, staff said in a report to the council. As their needs increase, residents may move to the assisted living and memory care portions of the main building. 

The conditions, set by the Planning Commission, include at least 40 percent stone or brick building exteriors; minimum setbacks and maximum heights for buildings; landscaping, trees and buffers; sidewalks along Wills Road and Main Street; underground power lines, and a bus shelter. The developer also must preserve five oak trees, the biggest being a Southern red oak with a 51-inch trunk.

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