Gary Eller, Lifestyle Realty
LEESBURG, Ga. -- Developer Gary Eller asked the Lee County Parks and Recreation Authority Tuesday to sell Nordstar LLC Development 1.56 acres of land at the Grand Island Club that will be used as required greenspace for a townhouse development facing the golf course.
Eller told the authority, which comprises the members of the Lee County Commission, that the development company would build a golf cart/walking path on the strip of land that would service Grand Island members and the owners of townhouses that will be known as Golfview Villas.
"This is a win-win, a great project for our development and for Lee County," Eller said. "We want to make the purchase to meet greenspace requirements, but we would grant a perpetual easement to the county and allow Grand Island to use the path as well.
"It's kind of like someone building a house and giving you the right to live in it for as long as you want."
County Administrator Tony Massey said action would not be taken on the request until the matter is considered by the county Planning Commission.
"Oh, I knew that was the plan," Eller said. "There's no need to sell the land until the Planning Commission signs off on the zoning. Once they meet next week, I'm hoping we can move forward."
Asked about a time frame for the start of Phase 1 of the development, Eller had a simple answer.
"You can't build until you can flush," he said. "As soon as the county commits to running sewer and water to that area, though, we'll be ready to go. We're sitting at the red light now with our foot on the gas."
According to plans presented by Eller, Phase 1 of Golfview Villas will include 50 townhouses with 50 more to follow in Phase 2. He said the units would include a minimum of 1,500 square feet with plans calling for units up to 2,200 square feet.
Plans for the development of the area adjacent to the Lee County portion of the Westover Road Extension also include a strip of land that would be used for commercial development. Authority member Dennis Roland asked Eller how long would it be before commercial development follows the construction of Golfview Villas.
"Commercial is a priority to us," the developer said. "How soon we start is really up to you. We just need to know that water and sewer will be available. We're talking to (commercial entities) every day about that development, and there is a lot of interest.
"Townhouses provide the rooftops that developers are looking for, and rooftops bring retail."
Eller said after the meeting that 14.4 acres of land he and his business partners own off Ledo Road are also drawing the interest of retailers.
"As recently as this afternoon, I talked with some very large retailers about that commercial property," he said. "It's the parcel off Ledo directly across from the movie theater that's drawing a tremendous amount of interest.
"I can't say what businesses we're talking to until I'm given the OK, but I can say there are some large, big-box retail outlets that are very interested."