Developer scraps Skinner Mill Road townhome proposal



A developer hoping to build a townhome community on Skinner Mill Road said Friday he has changed plans after hearing concerns from neighbors.

Gary Gilmer, the president of Gilmer Development, met with Augusta Planning and Development Director Melanie Wilson late Thursday and said he has decided to withdraw his rezoning request for a 66-unit townhome development on six acres of land at 3217 and 3221 Skinner Mill Road.

Wilson confirmed Gilmer told her of his intention to formally withdraw the request in person at the monthly city planning commission meeting Monday.

Neighbors have been worried the new development would increase traffic on Skinner Mill Road and drop property values. A petition signed by more than 100 homeowners opposed the request.

Gilmer said he will likely bring a new plan to the planning commission in July consisting of a gated, single-family cluster layout half the density of the townhome development.

Gilmer expects to spend $11.5 million on the project, but will market the homes at a higher sale price, he said.

“From day one, our goal has been to build a very nice product that we all could be proud of,” he said.

Proposed townhome development on Skinner Mill Road opposed by neighbors