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Senior living, retail complex to develop in Newton

COVINGTON — A senior living and retail development is planned off U.S. Highway 278 and Turner Lake Road.

The development will have more than 17,000 square feet of retail space, an assisted living facility and quadraplexes for independent living for seniors.

Seniors will be able to transition from independent living residences to the assisted living facility when they need more care, according to Danny Herrmann with Diversified Development Company Inc. of Loganville. The assisted living facility will also include a section for patients with memory problems, Herrmann told the City Council Monday night.

The development will be located on a 14.66-acre wooded site that fronts U.S. Highway 278 between Kentucky Fried Chicken and Just Dogs. The retail space will front U.S. Highway 278. The senior living complex will be located on Turner Lake Road across from the secondary entrance of Turner Lake Complex, where Newton County Senior Services is located. Seniors in the development will be able to access the Senior Center via a golf cart trail.

Access to the retail portion would also be available from Clark Street.

Herrmann said there will be between 50 and 90 independent living units and space for 52 in the assisted living home, with 20 of those in the memory care wing.

He said he hopes construction can begin in about six months. Herrmann said he has prospects for the retail, but said he would not name them at this time.

The City Council approved a request to rezone the property to Corridor Mixed Use. The property previously had split zoning, with the majority zoned Corridor Residential and about an acre fronting Turner Lake Road and U.S. 278 zoned Corridor Mixed Use, which allows for residential, office, retail and restaurant space. It also allows senior living facilities without a special use permit.