Aesthetic changes to McGinnis Ferry Road apartment building approved by County Commissioners

Earlier this year, Mahaffey Pickens Tucker LLP had submitted a change of conditions request on behalf of TPA Residential offer new designs, elevations and materials of multi-family buildings from what was approved in 2020 on a property located along McGinnis Ferry Road near the intersection of McGinnis Ferry Road and Lawrence-Suwanee Road in Gwinnett County.

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Both County planners and the Planning Commission recommended refusal of the request for change of conditions for multi-family development. However, on December 14, 2021, the Gwinnett Council of Commissioners approved the change of conditions request.

The 19.67-acre property was rezoned to RM-24 in January 2020 and included a condition that the proposed buildings in the development be constructed in accordance with the building elevations presented at the Board meeting on January 28, 2020. The plans approved used tones of brick and fiber cement lap siding with architectural elements of ornamental cornices, hinged balconies and sloping roofs

According to the letter of intent submitted to the county, during the planning permission phase, the applicant decided to pursue a similar but different architectural style for multi-family buildings with 346 units, including a different color scheme. , flat roof style plans and a mix of material elements such as brick and fiber cement siding.

Conclusions for denial written by County planners, but rejected by the Commission, said that while the requested change of conditions would not affect the use of the property as apartments, the materials and architectural details proposed for the change of conditions request did not meet the same standard architectural design than that granted in the original rezoning application and the construction documents submitted to the Department of Planning and Development. Additionally, decreasing architectural design requirements could affect the feel of nearby property. Finally, the significant change in the design, aesthetics and choice of colors of the materials of the facades of the buildings could have a negative impact on the surrounding areas. The McGinnis Ferry Road facade would be altered by the presence of a four-storey apartment building with materials that do not meet design standards, as presented in the original rezoning application.

Source: Official
New elevations Source: Official
Source: Official
Source: Official

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