Great Wolf Lodge brings a family resort to LaGrange
Another major piece of the development puzzle related to Great Wolf Resort’s plan to locate a lodge and water park in LaGrange, Ga., was unveiled Friday.
Atlanta-based Selig Enterprises said it is the company that is putting together a 550-acre mixed-use development on both sides of Interstate 85 between exits 13 and 14 in LaGrange, which is located less than an hour north of Columbus.
Madison, Wisc.-based Great Wolf Resorts is locating a 500,000-square-foot hotel and indoor water park on 45 acres of the property on the north side of I-85, with plans to open the attraction by 2018. The Great Wolf Lodge, which will cost $170 million to construct, will have 456 themed hotel suites and a 93,000-square-foot water park as its centerpiece. Estimates are that it will draw about 500,000 visitors each year to the area.
Selig Enterprises, which dates to 1918 and develops and manages various types of property, said the mixed-use portion of its master plan includes a 300,000-square-foot retail outlet center and “The Village,” a 200,000-square-foot center that includes retail space, restaurants, entertainment venues, hotels, office space and medical facilities. There also will be a residential element to it. The company said it will be within a 5-minute walk to Great Wolf Lodge.
The project includes 247 acres of land north of I-85 and 305 acres south of the major artery that connects the Troup County community of LaGrange to Atlanta, about an hour to the north, and to the Alabama cities of Auburn, Opelika and Montgomery to the south. The company said its development staff, headed by Executive Vice President Bob Riddle, cobbled the acreage together over seven years.
“We chose LaGrange because it offers tremendous opportunity and is an undiscovered gem with easy access to Atlanta and the airport,” Steve Selig, chief executive officer of Selig Enterprises, said in a statement. “We are proud to be investing in LaGrange and look forward to a long and mutually rewarding experience.”
The company said the project will include work to extend Pegasus Parkway and connect Whitesville Road to Davis Road in the development zone. It said the construction will be a mix of funding from Selig, the county and LaGrange.
The development firm named various supporters of the project, which is the largest in the county since Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia opened its auto assembly plant in adjacent West Point, Ga., in 2009. Those mentioned by Selig Enterprises included LaGrange Mayor Jim Thornton, the LaGrange City Council, the Troup County Board of Commissioners and board chairman Patrick Crews, the Troup County School Board, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and Department of Economic Development, and Gov. Nathan Deal. It also noted the “untiring effort” of Tom Hall, the LaGrange city manager who died in February.
Privately owned Selig Enterprises is a real-estate holding and development company responsible for more than 11 million square feet of space dedicated to retail, industrial, office and mixed use in the Southeast. Its signature property is 12th & Midtown in Atlanta, which encompasses 3 million square feet over seven city blocks.