A recreation, entertainment and shopping venue that includes a beach and amphitheater could be coming to the Riverstone area of Canton under plans submitted by a developer. The project also includes 150 to 200 condominiums.
"This project would bring great family recreational value to the city, as well as tourism opportunities, being the only type of project in Georgia," Mayor Bill Grant said. “The daytime use of this project would also help to bring people in to spend money at our city’s businesses."
At its meeting Thursday, the Canton City Council heard a request for the proposed "crystal lagoon" entertainment complex and attached condominium project at Riverstone.
At the meeting, Community Development Director Ken Patton said the request by HAP, LLC is for a master plan amendment and a conditional use permit request for approximately 22 acres on a portion of land at Riverstone. The master plan amendment seeks to add residential uses as an allowed use within this piece of land. The conditional use permit seeks approval for 150 to 200 multi-family attached condominiums, which would be a part of the crystal lagoon project, Patton said.
The freshwater lagoon would serve as an entertainment venue consisting of a beach, amphitheater and stage, an approximately 20,000 square foot indoor/outdoor space and wedding venue, retail shops, food outlets, and a catering kitchen for events.
The lagoon, which is proposed to consist of approximately 2.5 acres, would be built in conjunction with the condominium. Condos would be separate from the recreation area, and residents of the condos would have a private portion of the beach and access to the lagoon. There would also be approximately 800 feet of beach entrance.
The condominiums, if approved, would be expected to be developed in three phases, with each consisting of either one, two, or three bedrooms and up to eight stories tall. Each condominium could be anywhere from 1,200 to 2,500 square feet. Patton added that parking would be developed as part of this project.
Councilman Shawn Tolan added a suggestion that Canton residents receive a discount on the daily, monthly or annual pass to the lagoon, and councilwoman Sandra McGrew suggested adding rooftop access to some of the projects' building structures.
The approximately 22-acre project would be located in a larger 60-acre area, which is located alongside Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Reinhardt College Parkway, and Riverstone Boulevard. This area was previously approved for office and retail use. The land currently consists of a self storage facility, a bank, and two hotels which are currently under construction. A master plan amendment was approved in 2017 to allow construction of the entertainment facility and amphitheatre.
A representative with the developer at the meeting said that the goal is to have the development used year round, and to not be dormant during seasonal weather changes.
This proposal will be voted on at the council’s next meeting on March 18 at 6 p.m.