By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia
Construction is expected to begin soon in Hartwell on a major development of new upscale homes right in the heart of the historic district.
At a press conference last Thursday, local businessman Larry Torrance announced the sale of some 35 acres of land owned by his family to a developer from Atlanta.
“We have been approved by the City of Hartwell for 74 cottages, Torrance said Thursday.”
The development, known as The Cottages at Skelton’s Forest, is located on Alford St. behind the Hart County Library and had been owned by a local judge, but for years, no one knew it was there.
Though he is from Arizona, Criscione said he bought the Hartwell property to develop because he likes Georgia and the Hartwell Lake area.
He says the homes offered for sale will be various styles and sizes.
“It will depend on what the market calls for, but the first one will likely be in the 2,000 to 2,2o0 square foot range and we’ll see where we go from there,” Criscione said
The subdivision will feature smaller lots with less maintenance, a small lake, walking trails and several park areas.
Prices will start in the $300-thousand dollar range and go up, which Torrance said represents a significant investment in the city of Hartwell.
“We have 66 cottages to build, that’s right at a $20-million dollar investment in this community,” he said.
Criscione said he expects to start construction on the first houses around the first of the year.
Torrance said anyone interested in a tour of the development can contact him at 706-436-0166.