Originally created 06/05/99

Piping prompts growth



New houses will soon begin popping up like mushrooms along the Euchee Creek sewer extension into Grovetown.

Prather Construction Co. of Harlem will be one of the first to tap the new line. The company is constructing a new subdivision on 300 acres -- named Euchee Creek -- off Wrightsboro Road.

"I'm hoping to have a new subdivision over there within the next 90 days," said Larry Prather Jr., who is developing the subdivision with his father Larry Prather Sr. and brother Robert Lionel Prather.

Utility work is under way for the first section, which will include 60 lots. Featuring two-car garages, homes in the neighborhood will be around 1,500-square-feet and up, Larry Prather said.

Located approximately one mile west of the city limits of Grovetown on Wrightsboro Road, the subdivision could one day include up to 200 to 300 homes, said Larry Prather Sr.

The Prathers were among investors who developed the Kingston subdivision outside of Grovetown. But as contractors, they have had a hand in laying the groundwork for many of the subdivisions in the Harlem-Grovetown area.

The subdivision will be next to a new middle school planned for the Grovetown area within the next five years. The Prathers purchased the land for Euchee Creek from businessman J. Timothy Shelnut, who donated 50 acres for the school with the stipulation that the county and the school system help pay for the sewer extension.

Mr. Shelnut agreed to pay 25 percent of the $550,000 sewer project, with the school board paying 25 percent and the county paying the remaining half.

Melissa Hall can be reached at (706) 868-1222, Ext. 113, or melhall@augustachronicle.com.