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Assisted Living Center Prematurely Announces Groundbreaking

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The future site of Thrive.

Anyone who went to the future location of Thrive Senior Living off Virgil Langford Road over the weekend in response to a news release issued last week by the company would have been surprised by what they didn’t find.

“Atlanta-based Thrive Senior Living has broken ground this week at The Village at Athens, an innovate new Assisted Living and Memory Care community in Athens, GA,” the news release on PRWeb stated, complete with the typing error for “innovative.”

But the company did not break ground on the project last week. The lot remained wood-covered with little sign of activity.

B.R. White, director of the Oconee County Planning and Code Enforcement Department, said on Friday that no building permits had been issued for the project, though the developer could beginning clearing the lot based on the approved site plans.

Chris Thomas, director of the county’s utility department, told me that same day that, “as far as I know,” Thrive has not contacted the county about getting water and sewer services or an assessment of the county’s ability to handle the sewage from the site.

Thrive needs to pay connect fees to get the building permits.

Thrive may not know it’s not in Clarke County. Click to keep reading at Oconee County Observations.