Two separate development projects may soon be visible near the future site of the east Thomson bypass along Cobbham Road.
The first will be rental housing for senior citizens. Real estate developers, the Braden Group out of Summerville, Ga., just got word that the funding has been approved for the proposed complex on the west side of the future bypass.
The second is an extension of the Northview subdivision which has been proposed by local entrepreneur Arthur Grimaud. The development, which is in preliminary stages, would be on the east side of the future bypass and would include fewer than 50 lots, all with water and sewer hookups.
Initial drawings for the 25 acre Northview II were put on hold at last week's Planning Board meeting because the size of most of the lots was under the required 0.5 acres. Most were around 0.37 acres, and several did not meet road frontage requirements.
"They want half acre lots, so we're debating that right now. I think I'm going to let it go to the commissioners," Mr. Grimaud said. "We're hemmed in by the proposed DOT right of way. We've got plenty of land, but they won't let us get out of that perimeter."
Members of the board suggested that Mr. Grimaud have the plans redrawn with the required acreage for each lot. Planning Board Director Fred Guerrant said a redrawn plan would only eliminate about five lots.
"I think he needs to come back and redraw it," said board member Jimmy Poston. "All this is is testing the system."
The new subdivision's next door neighbor will begin construction in January, according to Jerry Braden of the Braden Group. He said there will be about 60 units in the complex where as most developers would try to fit 150 or 200.
"We just feel like the demand for senior housing is going to increase substantially in the few years ahead, and we'd just like to be in on the ground floor of doing some of this," Mr. Braden said.
The separate units will consist of a two story design with elevators in each corner of the buildings. There will also be a clubhouse on the property as well. Potential renters of the apartments must be 55 and older.
"We're very pleased that we got funded. I think it's a great town, and I think it will be a great asset to the community," Mr. Braden said.