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County hears pitch for new apartments
Glynn County commissioners were asked for a resolution expressing their support of a $23 million, 240-unit apartment complex on Old Cypress Mill Road.

A representative for St. Simons Island-based William Ross Construction told commissioners during a work session Tuesday the proposed 10-building complex would include walking trails, a pool and basketball and tennis courts.

"This project fills a need in this community," said Trey Ross, a company representative and owner of the tract off Old Cypress Mill Road between Moss Creek Villas and Cypress Run.

The complex could be an affordable housing option for students at College of Coastal Georgia, less than 2 miles from the site, he said.

Ross said public support of the project will help his company's efforts to secure funding for construction.

The development has the support of the Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority, which will consider underwriting the bond for the development.

Ross said construction would be done in phases.

There hasn't been a traffic study to determine the impact, but Ross said a shuttle bus service may be created to bring students to and from the campus.

Nathan Sparks, executive director of the Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority, said the apartment complex would be a "significant investment in the community." A resolution of support by commissioners is non-binding, he said.

"It paves the way to put together financing," he said.

Ross said it would take about two years for the first apartment units to be available, if funding is approved. The reluctance of banks to loan money for construction projects is the reason Ross said he was asking commissioners for verbal support.

Sparks said the project will live or die based on Ross' ability to get funding.

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