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Developer unveils Copper Lakes plans

May 9, 2008

By Angelia Davis – Greenville News

The 1,700-acre former Tall Pines farm will be developed as a residential community under a new name and with some amenities open to the local community.

The planned Copper Lakes community in northern Greenville County would have approximately 550 home sites, a working farm and market that would be open to the public.

Burroughs & Chapin Co. and The Silver Cos. announced new plans for their joint venture under Copper Lakes LLC during a presentation Thursday at the Westin Poinsett in downtown Greenville.

A groundbreaking for the community off U.S. 276/State 11 and Moody Bridge Road should take place this summer. Later this spring, Burroughs & Chapin will open an Upstate office and Copper Lakes sales gallery at 428 S. Main St. downtown.

More information about the development, including home prices, is expected later.

Myrtle Beach-based Burroughs & Chapin, and The Silver Cos. of Washington and Boca Raton, Fla., under Tall Pines Investments, purchased the farm last year for $17.1 million.

MaryEllen Wilkinson, whose parents were the farm’s former owners, said it was important to the family that they find a buyer who would be “a good steward of the land and responsive to the community and its vision for the future.

“The developers continue to prove to us that we made a wise choice,” she said.

Elaine Barnhill, spokesperson for the project, said the two companies had initially planned a traditional residential golf course community for the site.

Brett Rogers Sr., senior development manager for Burroughs & Chapin, said a feasibility study was completed and the company met with local residents before committing to a final project.

“We are very proud of the results,” he said. “Our current Copper Lakes will fit comfortably into the lifestyle and unique aspirations of northern Greenville County.”

The community’s land planning and architectural style will be designed to honor the heritage and history of the area, according to Burroughs & Chapin. The development’s central focus will be on the area’s natural beauty, numerous lakes, river access, and varying topography, the company said.

The late Dr. George Wilkinson Jr. and Millie Wilkinson, the parents of MaryEllen Wilkinson, bred angus cattle and American saddlebred horses at the farm that had been in their family since 1939.

Copper Lakes will be gated and offer its homeowners amenities that include a craft village, lakeside pavilion, fishing piers, a mountaintop pavilion with hiking trails, riverside campsites with fire pits, community gardens with greenhouses, a swimming hole, and underground utilities.

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