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BEAA golf course destined to become new craftsman-home subdivision

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Fountain has confirmed the business partners plan to develop a 125-lot residential community. Fountain said plans are still being drafted for the project, but he envisions 1,200 to 1,600 square foot homes being developed on lots that may average about a third of an acre. “No one is building that house that I know of,” Fountain said with respect to the square footage. “We think all of the homes will appeal not only to small families, but also singles and retirees who are looking to downsize.”

The homes will be constructed in the Craftsman style, most with three bedrooms and two full baths. Fountain said the kitchens would feature hardwood cabinetry as well as granite counter tops. Each unit will also have a two car garage.

“Plans are to complete our project in three phases with construction beginning early next year on the infrastructure,” Fountain said. The development, as currently envisioned, would have two entrance roads, one off Eden Valley Road and the other off Edenfield Drive.

Fountain said until he and Childs have a better idea about the cost associated with building the entrance roads and completing the rest of the infrastructure, they won’t know what the price tag will be for the homes, but said he hopes to be able to keep them under $200,000.

BEAA bought the property in 1987

Dwight Boatner and Glenn Ollis, members of the BEAA group, stepped in several years ago with an investment to keep the course from being foreclosed on. Bekaert employees had their membership money deducted from their paychecks but over the years, as membership dropped, there wasn’t enough money coming in to cover the cost of the bank note on the property and maintenance fees.

“Glenn and I worked pretty hard for the last three years to salvage it, but were unsuccessful,” Boatner said. “It took two years to find a buyer to buy it. We had to keep reducing the price to find anybody to buy it. The bank got their money but we lost most money.”

“I’m real excited about the amenity package,” Fountain said. “If we can pull it off, and there are any number of things that could torpedo these plans, but we’re separating out of this development three holes at the end of the golf course to keep for our residents.” He said a putting green will also be retained. Plans also tentatively include a pavilion complete with grills for families to use. The old clubhouse with a pool will be rehabbed and the pool re-opened.

“There will be a small spa for the ladies, a small coffee shop, a small fitness center and we’re planning to tear the maintenance shed down and replace that space with a tennis court,” Fountain said.

The former country club building will be converted into a neighborhood store with daily staples like bread and milk.

“The amenity package is going to be a difference maker,” Fountain said.