Riverchase opening this weekend

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By Jenny Hartley

If you want to get your first look at the first phase of Riverchase Estates, this weekend will be your chance.

LGI Land is celebrating the grand opening of Riverchase Estates along the Catawba River on Saturday and Sunday. The grand opening is by invitation only, and those interested must call the developer's local office at (704) 497-2429 to reserve a spot.

Catering for the event will be done by Leroy Springs Catering.

Riverchase Estates, a gated community in western Lancaster County, will contain 1,250 to 1,939 homes on about 2,000 acres along the Catawba River.

LGI Land plans to spend $7 million on amenities for the neighborhood, including a clubhouse with a fitness center, a resort-style pool, walking trails and tennis and basketball courts. It has pledged to donate 5 acres and $1.2 million toward the construction of a new fire station to Lancaster County.

Homesites start at $69,000 and range up to $150,000. The community has 2.5 miles of river front. Developers will leave 500 acres undisturbed as a nature preserve.

Fifty lots have already been sold since May, said project manager Chad Tansey, who moved with his family from LGI's home state of Texas to Indian Land's BridgeMill neighborhood. He and his wife, Pier, and children, Olivia and William, will eventually move into Riverchase Estates.

Sales rep Tony Stawarz also moved from Houston, Texas, to help develop Riverchase Estates.

Home construction is expected to begin in the first or second quarter of 2009, Tansey said.

Riverchase has a local office on U.S. 521 in Indian Land, staffed by Tansey, construction manager Ron Dziuk, sales reps Stawarz, Mandy Watson, Stacey Vinson and Justin Kramp, and office administrator Michelle Bateman.

LGI was founded in 1995 and is one of the fastest growing land developers and homebuilders in Texas, according to company officials. It is also developing properties in West Virginia and North Carolina.

Carolina Gateway Editor Jane Alford contributed to this article.

Contact senior reporter Jenny Hartley at jhartley@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1151