Developers eye Dawson for indoor snow...

Developers eye Dawson for indoor snow ski resort

There are 54 comments on the dawsonnews.com story from Sep 1, 2007, titled Developers eye Dawson for indoor snow ski resort. In it, dawsonnews.com reports that:

Developers hoping to bring the largest indoor ski resort to Dawson County met with the Development Authority of Dawson County yesterday to formally present plans for a "world class destination resort."

The Falls at Lanier Highland, a proposed 2.1 million square feet facility that includes multiple hotels, retail and a 1 million square foot indoor ski resort, has been in the works for more than seven years, according to master developer Steven Winters.

Winters, of SRW International LLC., said the Falls at Lanier Highland, to be located on 400 acres between Ga. 400 and Hwy. 53 at Dawson Forest Road, is expected to be four times the size of Ski Dubai and will incorporate an area of Lake Lanier.

"A natural waterfall that occurs on the property will be incorporated and expanded into the design of the Ski Dome and one of the Four Star Hotels with water flowing from the top of the site under the Ski Dome through the lobby of the hotel and down into a relocation of Thompson Creek," according to Winters' presentation.

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NONONONO

Mableton, GA

#1 Sep 5, 2007
NOOOOOO... this should NOT happen! 400 is already horrible even after the opening of the new lanes down past McFarland. the side roads are hardly capable of handling the traffic now, just think of the worse case now if this starts to build. No only are we losing the character of the country to mass tourism but for what? Propaganda that it's just miles from the city, Lake Lanier is already down feet and stays that way, plus it is dirty and polluted. Compared to how it was much more pristine back in the early 90's, just look at what has happened since then. Buford Dam, Mary Alice Park, were once nice parks but now ther are not. Docks that once were held up by water are grounded and all this in just over 10 years. Landmarks are gone due to sell outs and bigger projects that create fluster clucks and even worse, for the average person living here will be faced with traffic from hell just to go to the store, work or take thier child to a friends house, etc. The list goes on. THERE IS NO PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION in Dawsonville or Cumming that even matches the mediocre MARTA in Atlanta. This should not be built in a area that cannot handle the thourghfare of what is projected. The expansion of 400 was 10 years late and to even think of the back roads and off highway rds in this neck of the woods and what it would take to get them even up to date is too much. Please let this idea die!
Jody C

Atlanta, GA

#2 Sep 7, 2007
Hell, why not bring the snow here?! Since greedy developers have over developed the area accelerating global warming by cutting all of our nice trees, we probably won't ever see snow around here again.
I have lived in the Alpharetta area all my life and now reside in Cumming and the change here since the 70's is horrible. People say they moved here because of how green and pretty it is in Georgia, yet they live in cluster home neighborhoods that mow all the pretty, oxygen producing green trees down. The result is mini 'hoods of low quality homes that greatly increase our traffic. And talk about nails and dry cleaners...3-4 each per intersection just isn't enough.
A note to developers and people moving here...please leave or just don't come at all, you are ruining ours and the wildlife's home here. Just
Theresa Thigpen

Lawrenceville, GA

#3 Sep 8, 2007
Lose the European flair. Who needs a castle in Dawsonville? Build it in the style of the timeless woods of the mountians. "The Falls" idea is much better suited than "Mount Pegasus".I have heard both of these ideas. My biggest fear is a huge eye sore of some tacky Euro style elephant sitting empty in five years on our door step. Keep it real and simple. It would be a shame to lose the charm of our region to a outsiders perception of what a billon dollar project that should represent Georgia's style. There are many other places that have good taste and design such as Brasstown Valley Resort or Unicoi State Park. Even the Mall of Georgia, does a fine job of mixing commercialism with good taste. Please if your going to sell us out by increasing our traffic pollution etc., don't embarrass us as well.
NotAGoodIdea

Marietta, GA

#4 Sep 9, 2007
Enough already with flattening our mountains and tainting our water. Not a good idea - this will really, really mess up the area.
Mike Austin

Homewood, IL

#5 Sep 10, 2007
Let's put the ski slope in Gwinette. Let them have the revenue, the traffic and all of the problems associated with over and under planned development. I think it's great payback for the pollution they continue to dump into Lake Lanier.
mike

Cumming, GA

#6 Sep 10, 2007
i think is a good idea because busy can go up and make thing to do in atlanta
Reader

United States

#7 Sep 12, 2007
Dawson Chamber of Commerce is not very open to this to begin with,this guy has yet to show any concrete plan and he has been all talk, they don't see this happening in Dawson County anytime soon, in fact, ever.
Chuck

Northfield, OH

#8 Sep 14, 2007
This is a great idea. Not only will it bring in much needed revenue to this run down county, but it will clean it up as well. The plans called for its own water treatment plant, so there will be no hardship on the current system. Bringing a World class resort to the area will be the best thing to happen to this city since Bill Elliot( who does not live here any more, shouldn't that tell us something.) The roads would be redone to accomodate the traffic, and business around the area will flurish and bring in even more revenue for this town. More police would be added and a big crack down on the horrible drug problem that is the real problem of this town. Land value would increase and this town can finally have something to be proud of when we say "I'm from Dawsonville."
Dawson Resident

United States

#9 Sep 17, 2007
I am 100% against this as most residents of Dawson County that I have spoken with. We stopped the War Hill Park expansion (So Far) and hopefully we will stop this. If this goes through, who will be paying for the increase in the water supply capacity, sewer (for all of the other businesses popping up), electricity, internet, phones, roads, garbage services, but the current residents of Dawson County. I can also see the War Hill Park Marina going through since War Hill Park is about 3 miles or less from the Proposed Ski Resort. There will also be a very large increase in the crime rate due to the population increase.
Tina

Kittanning, PA

#10 Sep 21, 2007
I think it is a great idea. This county as a previous entry said, it run down and needs something like this to bring in revenues. It seems they have thought of everything down to their own water treatment plant. Dawson County needs to advance with the development up the 400 corridor. This would put Dawson County on the map as a nice place to go. I hope that the Commissioners will see all the positive aspects of something like this. We already have lost some very good things in the past from coming to out county because of narrow minded and to simple thinking. Dawson County has a golden opportunity to become a world class place instead of hillbilly country. I also want to comment that alot of the post are from folks that won't benefit positive or negatively from this planned development as they are not even residents of this county. Dawson County is going to grow one way or the other. Look at all the new subdivisions coming in. Lets let things move in a positive direction.
Ryan

Cumming, GA

#11 Sep 22, 2007
Heck yes, let's build this thing. I agree with the others who think this would improve a run down county and city. This way Dawsonville wouldn't just be the town or county with the US's biggest Wally World! There is also one going up in Ft. Worth, TX, and the people out there manage to embrace it as a good thing. Why can't we? And the person above who cited "global warming", get real. This will be fantastic, and property values will go up, amongst other benefits.
Dawson Resident

United States

#12 Sep 24, 2007
I heard through the Grape vine that the Dawson County Board approved the resort, but there is a hang up with the Corps of Engineer's. The Corps problem apparently deals with part of the resort that boarders the Corps property. It is apparently classified as a "Wet Land." In response to the "Global Warming" comment, your are obviously not a resident of Dawson County and are probably a fellow developer that has the mentality of clear cutting everything and who cares what happens. Let the County Residents deal with the problem!
Rick B

United States

#13 Sep 24, 2007
This Rules!!! Skiing in Georgia? They should put a Casino in there too!
Rick B

United States

#14 Sep 24, 2007
Skiing in Georgia!!! Heck yeah!!! They should put a Casino in resort too!
Get Real

Memphis, TN

#15 Sep 26, 2007
These get rich quick schemes suck and take a terrible toll on the community. More traffic, more electricity use, more water use. I just hope the Dawson County commisioners don't "sell out" to the developer and issue a development bond. Also, my guess the COE will probably say no. They are pretty conservative.
Get Real

Memphis, TN

#16 Sep 26, 2007
Rick B., Ryan, Tina, Chuck, and Mike you are all IDIOTS. Its people like you that advocate or play into out of control development that caused the GA.400 mess all the way to I-285. I bet you have bermuda lawns, irigation systems and SUVs.

Since: Sep 07

Mableton, GA

#17 Sep 26, 2007
Yeah.. just look at the new subdivision... can you say HOUSE FARMS? I do live in Cumming and am a graduate. Only because I work primarly downtown do I refer to myself as from Atlanta. Many do. Many have family up here and jsut for the record, trying to look positively at destruction of trees, country charm, landmarks is even more depressing as you haev to remember what it was once like. I am not against making Dawsonville a nicer town by builiding it up, but Puh-Lease.. land was cheap, building was cheap but you what isn't cheap, my time. It is my time I have to spend going to and fro in my county and neighboring ones that takes up to hours of my time.
Tina wrote:
I think it is a great idea. This county as a previous entry said, it run down and needs something like this to bring in revenues. It seems they have thought of everything down to their own water treatment plant. Dawson County needs to advance with the development up the 400 corridor. This would put Dawson County on the map as a nice place to go. I hope that the Commissioners will see all the positive aspects of something like this. We already have lost some very good things in the past from coming to out county because of narrow minded and to simple thinking. Dawson County has a golden opportunity to become a world class place instead of hillbilly country. I also want to comment that alot of the post are from folks that won't benefit positive or negatively from this planned development as they are not even residents of this county. Dawson County is going to grow one way or the other. Look at all the new subdivisions coming in. Lets let things move in a positive direction.

Since: Sep 07

Mableton, GA

#18 Sep 26, 2007
Great, simply great. Enthusiasm for destruction.
Rick B wrote:
This Rules!!! Skiing in Georgia? They should put a Casino in there too!

Since: Sep 07

Mableton, GA

#19 Sep 26, 2007
I am so with you!!! and I bet your totally right...
Get Real wrote:
Rick B., Ryan, Tina, Chuck, and Mike you are all IDIOTS. Its people like you that advocate or play into out of control development that caused the GA.400 mess all the way to I-285. I bet you have bermuda lawns, irigation systems and SUVs.
Chuck

Northfield, OH

#20 Sep 27, 2007
Get Real wrote:
Rick B., Ryan, Tina, Chuck, and Mike you are all IDIOTS. Its people like you that advocate or play into out of control development that caused the GA.400 mess all the way to I-285. I bet you have bermuda lawns, irigation systems and SUVs.
Idiots huh? In all caps. You must be intelligent. Instead of coming back with an intelligent remark, you have dropped yourself down to name calling. I'm impressed. And just so you know I live in the mountains with no lawns and there is no suv in my drive way. It is people like you that give this county a bad name and it is people like you that will not be here after this thing is built. Good luck.

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