By Jessica Fiur, News Editor
Gwinnett County, Ga.â€”NorSouth Development, an Atlanta-based developer, announced it is starting construction on a $16.25 million seniors community called HearthSide Sugarloaf in Gwinnett County, Ga., the fifth HearthSide community in the metro Atlanta area since 2010.
HearthSide Sugarloaf will include 110 one- and two-bedroom units. The apartments will feature open living design with entertainment bars and walk-in closets. Some units will also include balconies. Additionally, the community will have several sustainable features.
â€œHearthSide Sugarloaf is designed for EarthCraft Community certification by the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association and Southface Energy Institute to recognize its sustainable and energy-efficient design and construction,â€ Brendann Barr, vice president of NorSouth Development, tellsÂ MHN. â€œWhen completed, the building will feature Energy Star appliances in all the units, indoor air quality improvements, a rainwater harvest system, LED outdoor lighting and more.â€
The community will also feature amenities including a community room with a bistro, media room, fitness center, art studio, library, outdoor pavilion with grilling area and private gardens. Residents will also have the options to participate in classes, parties and other special events.
Location is also a key factor. HearthSide Sugarloaf is near Discover Mills, the Gwinnett Arena, Gwinnett Center and the Hudgens Center for the Arts, as well as shopping areas and restaurants.
Mostly, though HearthSide Sugarloaf is being designed to emphasize the â€œresidentsâ€ in â€œsenior residents.â€
â€œWhat weâ€™re offering our residents is a flexible rental housing option focused on providing a lifestyle that promotes physical activity, social enrichment and intellectual challenge,â€ Barr says. â€œBy doing so, we feel strongly that weâ€™re extending the quality of life for our residents.Â However, unlike many senior communities, we do not charge an entry fee, and our monthly rents are affordable.â€
NorSouth Development plans to break ground on the community in late summer 2013, and the community is expected to be completed the following year.