LEE CO., GA (WALB) - The proposal to build a new hospital in Lee County is already drawing new development.
Lee County Commissioners would not name the developer that has come to them, but his proposal would bring millions of dollars to the rest of the Grand Island Golf Course beside the proposed hospital.
"A very nicely done, planned urban development. Something we don't have in this area," said Palmyra District Lee County Commissioner Billy Mathis.
The biggest part of the proposal would be a $4 million, 18 hole par 3 lighted golf course. Also a restaurant, and a virtual golf and hunting business.
"Connected to not only the hospital site, but also to the adjoining neighborhood by golf cart paths, walking trails for wellness, that kind of thing," said Mathis.
Mathis said the proposal would create between 50 to 85 jobs, and probably generate $200,000 of tax money into the Lee County budget.
And most likely inspire even more business growth.
"It's going to be great for the entire community. Hopefully draw people in from the surrounding areas to shop and play golf. And of course utilize and do business with all the local businesses," said Mathis.
All this is proposed. Lee County Commissioners have not approved the development deal, and the hospital proposal is still awaiting state approval.
Commissioners met with homeowners living next to the golf course Wednesday night, and Mathis said most were happy with the new development plan.
The new proposed hospital already spurring growth in this fast growing part of Lee County.