The city of Emerson has approved developers' plans for the first phase of construction on LakePoint Sporting Community & Town Center, The Daily Tribune News reports. One of numerous variances city leaders also approved will allow work, which could start as early as March 1, to continue 24/7, according to the newspaper.
Called "the biggest thing Bartow has seen," the 1,380-acre mixed development is set to include a 262-acre sports complex that will play host to baseball, lacrosse and soccer tournaments and be surrounded by commercial development including restaurants, retail outlets, entertainment options and hotels.
While Bartow County has asked for $26 Million in grants to fund infrastructure, the development is expected to bring thousands of jobs; a number of retailers, possibly including Bass Pro Shops; and maybe even Braves Spring Training.
With an estimated 3 million visitors a year, LakePoint is expected to benefit Cartersville by bringing jobs, business and tax revenue.