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.


junkstar69 1 year, 3 months ago

I'm just a tad bit curious how much Uncle Sam is going to pay for all of this Senior living?? HUD? Just like that other "Senior living" / "Market Rate" apartment/ Quality retail hair braiding, check cashing, Safelink wireless development that was just approved in Conyers. The funny part was this was partially sold with fuzzy math that the 150-200 jobs with Baxter will suddenly make people want to live in Conyers! This is like the 4th or 5th time a diffrent announcement has been made over the years! Mark my word there will be some kind of HUD financing involved


wwalkerjr 1 year, 3 months ago

Just because something is HUD financed does not mean that Uncle Sam is paying for it.


henrystamm 1 year, 3 months ago

Where are the senior coming from? Atlanta. Just what we needed more low income people to be robbed! Say not to massive residential development including the city. We do not have the infrastructure and I am not wiling to pay more taxes to support irresponsible people including connoting elected ones.


wwalkerjr 1 year, 3 months ago

We are on the verge of the largest boom of people turning 75+. By 2015 most local populations will see the age groups of 75+ and 85+ double. Investors don't just throw money away to build a community of this size. There are numerous studies done before zoning is changed.

Senior housing is not what it use to be, it's a vibrant, thriving community of mature adults. Combine this with a retail and office component and you have a new type of senior housing; one that integrates the local community and the seniors. It helps bring locals to the community to do shopping, this in turn helps the seniors keep young, and feel they are part of the community at large, not isolated.


John 1 year, 2 months ago

Points - Counterpoints 1. There are already two significant sized assisted living complexes in Newton county.Based on an actual & personal contact with both of them during the 2010 US Census taking, they were less than 50% occupied. 2. You state that is is projected that there will be a doubling of the population from 75+ population within two years. It would be much more informative if an actual number would projected as going from 1 to 2 is a doubling and what % of the total population (~100K) of NC does this projection represent. 3. I am a male senior approaching 70 and the average male life expectancy is 81 years. Most seniors I know have a greater tendancy to be more conservative in their spending. All those trips to the Drs office and meds to keep them propped up take a large chunk of their income and senior living/assisted living facilities are not inexpensive and it usually drains any remaining savings they may have. 4. The senior living/assisted living complex is planned for Turner Lake Road & the retail complex is planned down around the corner on 278 with a golf cart trail connection - don't think too many folks that require "assisted" living will be wearing out that trail. This seems to be a bit counter productive to support a 'thriving" community and retail complex -with the exception of maybe the investors/developers. 5. If am ever in a position were I needed to go to a senior living facility, don't really think this would be an area I would choose.


henrystamm 1 year, 2 months ago

Keep them in Atlanta, Fulton, Gwinnett, Cobb Clayton De Kalb and Henry County,


UGAFan 1 year, 3 months ago

Serious question.....My understanding is that there is supposed to be a sign posted at the location that is under consideration for re-zoning? Is this correct? If so, how come there was no sign on Turner Lake Road?


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