Posted: Thursday, February 7th 2013 at 8:19pm
Toddler care to elder care: Flowery Branch center resurrected
By Marc Eggers Staff
FLOWERY BRANCH – The Flowery Branch City Council gave unanimous approval for a closed day care center located within the city to be renovated and used as an assisted living facility.
Applicant Young Lee is the owner of Senior Care America, LLC, and operates three similar facilities in Sugar Hill, Lawrenceville, and on McEver Road in Oakwood.
The vacant building at 5111 Spring Street once housed Childcare Network, a daycare center franchise that serves most of the southeastern United States. The Spring Street center closed during the summer of 2011.
Lee’s planned remodeling of the building will accommodate a maximum of 20 adults.
"They aren’t looking to make any exterior changes to the property," City Manager Bill Andrew told the Council.
"My understanding is that it's sort of a transitional care facility where you might need some help getting your meals together…and some medicine being administered…but it's not actually a healthcare facility of any type," Andrew added.
"It’s for people who want to have a level of care for a family member, generally."
Councilman Joe Anglin asked Lee, "Will there be any patients there that have any mental issues?"
Lee answered, "No.".
Lee added that there would be three or more staff members at the facility during the day and two individuals on duty throughout the night.
MAYORS ‘PAY-UP’ ON LOST WAGERS
Gainesville Mayor Danny Dunagan belatedly fulfilled his end of a gentleman’s wager which he lost when the Flowery Branch Falcons defeated the Gainesville Red Elephants in a cross-town football game last November.
Although the Red Elephants eventually won the Georgia 5A state championship in December, they fell to Flowery Branch on November 9th by the slimmest of margins, 35-34.
Dunagan led the Council and audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Likewise, Flowery Branch Mayor Mike Miller graciously fulfilled his end of a similar wager made and lost with the mayor of Santa Clara, California, training site of the San Francisco 49ers.
Miller wore a 49ers jersey because the Atlanta Falcons (who have their training facility in Flowery Branch) lost in the NFC Championship game to the 49ers on January 20th, 28-24.
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