Smyrna okays 80 senior housing units - all rentals

A new development of 80 senior housing units on around 3 acres was approved on May 20 by a 7-0 vote of the Smyrna City Council.

One Street Development LLC requested the rezoning from GC (General Commercial) to RHR-PD (Residential Highrise-Planned Development) to build these units at the East-West Connector and Camp Highland Road.

All rentals, these units will be limited to those who are at least 62 years of age in the development to be known as HearthSide Smyrna.

With equity from state and federal tax credits, there will be a 30-year extended affordability commitment, said City Administrator Tammi Saddler Jones during the meeting.

Of the 80 units, 30 percent will be one bedroom and 70 percent will be two bedroom with 15 percent at market rate and 85 percent age restricted, said the city’s Community Development Senior Planner Rusty Martin.

Per month, the highest rental payments will be for the market-rate units at $1,200 for one-bedrooms to $1,600 for two-bedrooms, Martin said.

Lower monthly rental payments for the age-restricted units will be $701 and $842 for one-bedrooms to $842 and $1,011 for two-bedrooms, he added.

The site plan reflects a four-story building with 50 residential units fronting the East-West Connector and a three-story building with 30 residential units along the western property boundary.

The developer will provide transportation for individuals or groups, said applicant attorney Kevin Moore.

The site will be accessed from the East-West Connector via a right-in/right-out entrance between the buildings.

Also, a deceleration lane and a small acceleration lane will be provided on the East-West Connector.

The site plan provides 80 parking spaces at a ratio of one parking space per unit.

The development will provide a small amenity area with community gardens and a direct connection to the Silver Comet Trail.

The site plan reflects underground stormwater detention facilities at the rear of the site and two encumbrances - a gas easement along the rear of the property and a stream buffer on the eastern end of the property.

Sidewalks must be provided by the developer inside and outside the development next to any public right-of-way consistent with the city’s requirements.

The developer must seek approval from Cobb County for the sidewalk connection to the Silver Comet Trail.