A multifamily development with unique access to a sprawling new trail system northeast of Atlanta has broken ground.

The Class-A apartment community, a partnership between investment firm BCDC and Atlanta-based Imperium Development, also hopes to capitalize on proximity to Lake Lanier and Gainesville’s growing downtown, along with Hall County’s jobs and population influx.

The 7.65-acre site in question is located at 2800 Frontage Road in Oakwood, just off Interstate 985 and east of the lake, about 48 miles from downtown Atlanta.

Plans call for a 229-unit development spanning about 190,000 square feet total. What will set the community apart, according to project leaders, is its alignment with Hall County’s Highlands to Islands Trail, a planned 40-mile system that aims to link numerous landmarks around Hall County with the lake.

Highlands to Islands

The Highlands to Islands system opened its newest section in July, complete with a boardwalk over a creek near the University of North Georgia campus.

As for the apartment venture, BCDC and Imperium officials say it will feature a “market-leading amenity package” that includes coworking space, a two-story clubhouse, and swimming pool befitting a resort.

Access to the 8,500-student university and Northeast Georgia Medical Center, which employs nearly 9,000 people 15 minutes away, are additional plusses, according to the development team.

The project’s 2800 Frontage Road location in relation to Lake Lanier, Interstate 985, and Gainesville. Google Maps

BCDC; design, McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture

Officials say the apartments are on pace to deliver in the third quarter of 2025.

Other development team members include McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture, Ecker Construction, SeaCoast Bank, and Stockbridge Capital Group.


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