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Developers plan to add 70 residential units at South Columbia and Katie Kerr in Decatur

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Developers plan to add 70 residential units at South Columbia and Katie Kerr in Decatur


A couple of developers are requesting a zoning change to allow for the development of about 70 residential units on four acres at Katie Kerr and South Columbia drives.

Developer Stephen Arms is partnering with developer Bruce Gunter, who is best known locally for his involvement with Progressive Redevelopment Incorporated, which redeveloped the Scottish Rite property in Oakhurst.

Arms said the zoning he and Gunter are seeking would actually create less density on the property.

“It’s zoned C-3 right now, which is a heavy commercial application which allows 43 units an acre,” he said.

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If the property is rezoned, it would allow for about 18 and a half units per acre. He said the housing would be a mix of of town homes and single family detached housing. The development is currently named South Decatur Village.

Arms said he hopes to close on the property in September. If the zoning is approved, construction could begin early next year.

The homes would be priced in the high $300,000 to low $500,000 range.

“A lot of what’s being built in Decatur right now is pretty pricey, $600,000 or $700,000,” he said. “We’re hoping to come in at a more moderate price point.”

When asked what impact the development would have on City Schools of Decatur enrollment, he said that is also being considered.

“It seems like [CSD and the city have] assumed that all sites in the city would be developed to some density standard,” he said. “We’re at 17 ½ [an acre], almost a 2/3 reduction, so we’re assuming we would probably have lesser impact than what the site could be developed at.”

The project is on the planning commission agenda for July 12. The agenda includes this information packet about the project.

July 2016 PC Packet_PUD