52-acre mixed-use project set at Bell-McGinnis

Jolly to build commercial, townhomes, houses

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Developer Warren Jolly wants to build a 52-acre mixed-use project at the southeast section of McGinnis Ferry and Bell roads that will consist of 116 single-family homes, 124 townhouses and 85,000 square feet of office and commercial space.

The project received the unanimous support Nov. 5 of the Planning Commission and planning staff. It will appear before City Council at the Nov. 18 council meeting.

Jolly’s development company, the Providence Group, is already building 646 homes on 224 acres on the south end of Bell Road in a development called Bellmoore that was approved last spring.

Jolly proposes to leave 31 percent (16 acres) as open space, more than the required amount. The project will have one access point to the gated community off Bell Road and two more access points on McGinnis Ferry for the commercial, townhouses and a second entrance to the gated community.

The property was originally zoned for 399,000 square feet of office, residential and retail use. A plan to rezone the property in 2012 was denied and subsequently triggered a lawsuit by the property owners.

This lawsuit has been put in abeyance by agreement of all parties pending the outcome of this rezoning request.

The commercial section of the project will align along the south side of McGinnis Ferry Road across the street from the Publix shopping center. The townhouse community will be behind the commercial.

The single-family, two-story homes will be on the east side of Bell Road. It will be a swim-tennis community with clubhouse. One portion of the homes will be front-entry with front and back yards.

A second portion of single-family homes will have garages in the rear and an alley. These will have small front yards and rear and side yards as well.

The two products will sell in the $450,000s and $350,000s, respectively, and range from 2,500 square feet to 5,000 square feet.

The townhouses will be two- and three-story units. The three-story units would have a shared front entry and rear garages for a more aesthetically pleasing street front. The larger units would sell in the $350,000s and the smaller units in the $250,000s.

Concerns were raised at the Planning Commission meeting about more school overcrowding and more traffic on Bell and McGinnis Ferry. Jolly answered that by saying the products he would be selling would have only about 20 percent of homeowners with children.

“Our traffic generates fewer cars than what the property is actually zoned for,” he said.

Taking the aggregate 52 acres, Jolly said the density of the single-family development is 2.22 homes per acre while the 124 townhouse units are at 2.37 units per acre.