The Currahee Club updates local leaders.
Officials from both Toccoa and Stephens County gathered at the development on the shores of Lake Hartwell Thursday to receive an update on the development’s progress from Managing Director Andrew Ward.
Landology Hartwell, LLC took over ownership of the 1,200-acre development located off of Oak Valley Road last July. Landology Hartwell is a partnership between real estate investment firm Landology and Arendale Holdings. Landology is a Florida-based real estate owner/operator, while Arendale Holdings is a Delaware-based company focused on real estate financing and property development.
Currently, work is underway on a lake park and an amenities center that will include features like tennis courts and a swimming pool.
Ward said that the club has added a number of employees since the ownership switch last year.
“We started out with about 30 staff when we purchased the property,” said Ward. “We are now up to almost 68 or 69 (employees) and we will be about 100 employees next year. We are hiring local. We are using local contractors.”
Ward did say that while things are moving forward, the club does face challenges that in some cases are not different than those faced by the entire area.
“One of the things we need is water in the lake and we think that would help us sell, not just Currahee Club, but the county and the region as a whole,” said Ward. “We are working with people behind the scenes we think can make that happen, so we are playing an integral role on that. (Also), we would like to see more hotel rooms locally.”
Ward said the club is committed to working with the city and county on these issues.