Public Hears About Planned Lake Hartwell Development

The public is learning more about a planned 325-acre development just off of Interstate 85 on Lake Hartwell in Oconee County, South Carolina.

Last week, nearly 250 people attended a public meeting in Oconee County on what is known as the Sanctuary Pointe project.

Sanctuary Pointe is a proposed mixed-use tourist resort development to be located off of Exit 1 on Interstate 85 in South Carolina. According to officials, it will be eco-friendly and will include a 20,000 square foot conference center, golf course, restaurant, hotels, and other amenities.

Developer Elmon Henry told those at the public meeting last week that he predicted 450 construction jobs at the minimum and between 550 and 650 permanent jobs.

Henry said it is a matter of patience.

“We have been very patient for five years and we are really starting to get into what is important now,” said Henry.

The developer thanked Oconee County, South Carolina officials for their help and cooperation.

Oconee County Council Chairman Joel Thrift said he is excited for the possibilities.

“It is a great opportunity for Oconee County,” said Thrift. “We look to be partners with Sanctuary Pointe and I know it is going to be a long process. It already has been a long process. I certainly appreciate their efforts and perseverance in hanging in here to get this thing accomplished.”

According to the developer, the first step is to convert a current logging road into an entrance into the eventual resort. In the meantime, the developer said his group will actively pursue a four-star hotel that he and other developers believe will be a magnet for Interstate 85 motorists between Atlanta and Charlotte.

Sancutary Pointe, LLC is subleasing the land for the project from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism is also involved in the project, which officials said is moving forward after five years of planning and negotiation.

(Information from Dick Mangrum, WGOG Radio, Walhalla)