Over the past several years the site of the former Faith Life Church on Spalding Drive has turned into an eye sore for Peachtree Corners residents.
The owners had abandoned the property, weeds took over the grounds and last November the building was severely damaged by a fire. The good news - the property is about to turn the corner - and will be developed as a senior living center - the first for Peachtree Corners.
The roughly 10-acre site has been purchased by the owners of Noble Village, a local company that builds high-end senior living centers. The company plans to develop the site into a facility designed just for senior living.
Noble Village is a privately-held company that was founded in 1995 by Tony Gary and his two sons, Tim and Mark. The family owns and operates a similar facility on Satellite Boulevard in Suwanee.
"It's a great project," said Lynette Howard, District 2 Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners. Plans for the redevelopment of the property have been in the works for about three years, but the project is now in the final stages.
"It's something that's never been done before," said Howard. The plans call for cottages, condos, assisted living and memory care living facilities.
The senior living center will also have a number of amenities including natural walking trails, gardens, a swimming pool for therapy and a restaurant with outdoor patio.
A feature that's unique to this Noble Village development will be that some of the homes will be available for purchase. "We will have 19 homes for sale," said Mark Gary, one of the owners. "It's a little component that our other facility does not have."
Soon the burned church and other buildings will be bulldozed and the property graded to begin building said Gary. "We're excited about it," said Gary. "We're pulling grading permits and hope to start grading this week."
Gary said they expect to have the new facility open by the fall of 2013.
Editor's note: We had hoped to have a copy of the developer's plans to add to this story, but we were not able to obtain them by deadline for this story. Watch for a follow up article with more details.