“The county will limit growth in the William Few and Appling areas. We will preserve rural areas in the county to provide two different lifestyles for folks,” he says. “Some want quick access to areas, and others want a rural lifestyle.
Nevertheless, near the Pumpkin Center area of Appling Harlem Road, a new residential development called Greenpoint eventually could have 600 homes. “It will be six to eight months before construction gets underway,” says Strickland.
Existing neighborhoods also continue to grow. For instance, Riverwood Plantation is expanding with new sections in Mitchell Park and on Franklin Ridge. More new homes also are being built in neighborhoods such as Canterbury Farms in Grovetown and Whispering Pines off of William Few Parkway. Jones Ferry off of Furys Ferry Road is almost complete as well.
Property on Hardy-McManus has been rezoned for residential use. “We’ll start to see a couple of neighborhoods be constructed in the next year,” says Strickland.
In Grovetown, Euchee Lake on Harlem-Grovetown Road will feature 53 single-family homes upon completion. Across from Euchee Lake, the site has been cleared for Caroleton, a neighborhood of 106 single-family dwellings, and sewer lines are being extended west from Grove Landing, which just added 45 more homes, for the new neighborhood as well.
Two new residential areas in varying stages of construction are being built on former mobile home sites in Grovetown. Ground has been broken at George and Bennett streets for the construction of Highland Hills, a 10-building, 80-unit apartment complex. Joiner Crossing, which includes 83 townhomes off of Katherine Street, should be completed this year.
Construction on Grovetown Crossing, which features 40 townhomes on Dodge Lane, also should finish this year.
In addition, construction has started on the first phase of Brighton Landing at Wrightsboro Road and Horizon South Parkway in a newly annexed portion of Grovetown. This phase features 73 single-family homes, and Waller says the second phase could include townhomes. He says construction on this neighborhood could continue through 2024.
A bridge across Euchee Creek, which connects phases I and II of Deer Hollow, has been finished as well. “The bridge allows us to go from phase to phase without having to get back on Wrightsboro Road,” says Waller.
According to Waller, the city also is reviewing plans for McCoy’s Creek, a Richmond County neighborhood that extends into the Grovetown city limits.
Harlem has approved three new neighborhoods – West Forrest, Hickory Woods and Cornerstone Phase III – this year.
“Harlem is the last area in Columbia County that is undeveloped,” says Cook. “People want to live in Columbia County because of the schools. The X factor for everything is that Fort Gordon’s new gate will be in Harlem. The key for us is to focus on transportation and traffic.”
Roads have been built in West Forrest, and home construction is expected to begin this fall. The neighborhood will have 60 to 70 homes. Construction at Hickory Woods, which will have about 150 homes, will begin in the winter or early spring. Cornerstone will feature about 150 homes as well.
Another residential construction project, Hardy Station, is expected to break ground in the spring off of Harlem-Grovetown Road. Plans also are underway for an 88-unit townhome community, which has not yet been named.
In addition, Cook says, “We’re seeing buildout in all of our existing subdivisions.”