Vertical construction is set to begin this summer for a project that aims to bring mixed-use walkability to one of Georgia’s most scenic and celebrated lakes, development officials say.

Situated about an hour and 20 minutes east of downtown Atlanta, due south of Athens, the Airabella Lake Oconee project by Choice Gateway developers officially broke ground in March near the City of Greensboro.

Eventually, plans call for more than 200 single-family houses and townhomes, a boutique Marriott hotel, restaurants, a brewery, and a retail section called Village at Airabella.

Additional features will include greenspaces, a wedding venue, and new nine-hole golf course, according to project leaders.

Overview of the planned Village at Airabella. Courtesy of Airabella Lake Oconee/Shoora EB-5

Project reps tell Urbanize Atlanta phase one—21 upscale townhomes plus a pocket park—is under construction now.

The full Airabella residential section calls for 72 townhomes and 130 standalone houses. Prices and sizes of residential offerings hasn't been specified.

“Demand is high, with many eager to learn more about the townhomes, place deposits, customize options, and finalize purchase agreements,” project reps wrote via email.

The lodging component, called Hotel Airabella, will feature a spa and amenities described as premium. Village at Airabella calls for specialty retail, restaurants, a grocery, and even office space.   

Developers hope to complete all aspects of the project by 2026. 

Courtesy of Airabella Lake Oconee/Shoora EB-5

Example of Airabella townhome facades. Courtesy of Airabella Lake Oconee/Shoora EB-5

In April, the project received I-956F approval from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, allowing for quicker and more secure foreign investment and paths toward U.S. residency through the project, according to investment firm Shoora EB-5.

Swing up to the gallery for more context and to see all available Airabella renderings.


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