Camp Catawbaw sale could be near

A mixed-use development soon could replace the Girl Scout Camp Catawbaw on Lake Wylie, Girl Scout officials said Wednesday.

The Charlotte-based Hornets' Nest Council announced plans last month to sell the 30-year-old camp, which spans 27 acres on the lake's south shore, near S.C. 274 and the Big Allison Creek bridge.

A buyer was scheduled to close on the property last week but has defaulted on the contract, said Lori Hurd, the council's chief executive.

The buyer has 10 days to pay before the council opens the land to "numerous" interested parties, two of which have made verbal offers, she said. Hurd declined to name the interested parties but said they are developers with an interest in a corporate and residential project.

The property, which includes 2,500 feet of water frontage, will likely sell for $3 million or more, Hurd said.

Hornets' Nest also is selling Camp Occoneechee, a 50-year-old summer camp on nearly 200 acres on Lake Lure in North Carolina.

Eventually, the council plans to buy 700 acres on the South Yadkin River in Iredell County, N.C., for a bigger camp.

Tuesday night, Hornets' Nest officially chose a name for the new site: Oak Springs, after the hardwood forests and freshwater springs that crisscross the property, Hurd said.