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LakePoint To Bring 20 Restaurants

Officials, who Friday held an open house, say more than 1 million square feet of mixed-use and retail space and about 4,000 hotel rooms will accompany fields and sporting facilities.

The massive sports development now underway in Emerson will bring about 20 new restaurants and 4,000 hotel rooms to and , according to officials who Friday held an open house for invited guests.

Which restaurants and retailers would you like to see in Emerson? Tell us in the comments.

LakePoint Sporting Community & Town Center partners—including former Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox, current Braves Manager Fredi Gonzales and Kansas City Royals Manager Ned Yost—hosted development partners, local dignitaries and "friends of LakePoint" at the construction site trailer at 755 Highway 293, officials said in a press release. Guests got an up close view of LakePoint property and met partners and tenants, such as Perfect Game and Braveheart Sports Events, a partnership between North Atlanta Soccer Association and LB3 Lacrosse.

Officials added LakePoint—the privately-funded, more than 1,400-acre mixed-use development set to include a core 262-acre sports complex to play host to baseball, lacrosse and soccer tournaments for 10 months each year—will include more than 1 million square feet of mixed-use and retail space.

Called "," the development is expected to bring , becoming one of the largest employers in northwest Georgia; a 17-acre ; a number of retailers, possibly including .

“The main goal of this project is to balance mission and margin," Cox said in the release. “First and foremost, [the] LakePoint project will enhance the physical, emotional and psychological well-being of our youth—our future—by participation in team sports. And, it will develop the ultimate youth sports destination in the world, bringing unparalleled economic impact to the local community and region.”

In addition to a 114,000-square-foot indoor facility for lacrosse, soccer, wrestling, baseball, volleyball, gymnastics and cheerleading events, the development is set to include 16 baseball and 14 lacrosse/soccer fields for tournaments, a FIFA II-certified field for NCAA and international soccer events, and the world’s biggest synthetic turf sports complex by Sportexe, a division of Shaw Industries.

LakePoint also will be home to three major tenants: for baseball recruiting for collegiate, minor and major league scouts; LB3 Lacrosse, one of the nation’s premier organizers of Lacrosse camps, clinics and tournament travel teams; and North Atlanta Soccer Association, the largest youth soccer organizations in the southeast. 

With the development, Bartow and Emerson will become "the unparalleled sports destination in the U.S.," officials say. The first pitch, kick and shot are slated for 2013.

For more on LakePoint, see Cartersville Patch's special section dedicated to the development: LakePoint Sporting Community & Town Center.

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CHEFKING May 03, 2013 at 04:14 AM
Houston's Restaurant and a Brazilian Steak House
DarciM. June 16, 2013 at 11:01 PM
Culver's!!!! Fazzoli's.... Cheddar's...Joes crab shack/Ray's (Alatoona) anything but the "normal chain" (ie) applebees ..ruby tues..olive garden...blah blah boring!!!!
Trannie Abernathy Davis July 01, 2013 at 09:24 AM
Olive Garden , Fatz, , Outback steakhouse , Mellow Mushroom. I would also like to see Coldwater Dress Shop .
Karri-Marie Baskin August 05, 2013 at 02:12 PM
Carrabbas Italian Grill. The food is so much better than Olive Garden.

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