Settlement at Shoe Creek Breaks Ground

Ground-breaking ceremonies were held on Tuesday, Oct. 25 for The Settlement on Shoe Creek, a 150-acre traditional neighborhood development on Sullivan Road/Central Thruway across from the Wal-Mart Super Center.
Developer Prescott Bailey said the project will blend more than 479 home sites, 250 apartments, 100 assisted living units, numerous parks, and more than 150,000 square feet of commercial space.
A town square with an outdoor pavilion for concerts and other events will be centrally-located within the development.
Lot sizes will range from 25’ for town homes, 35’ to 50’ for rear alley load cottages, and 60’ to 100’ for estate homes’ front load lots. Lot pricing will range from $40,000 to $87,000.
Bailey said Phase One will include 114 single family homes, and a 5,000-square-foot gym.
Bailey said developer Southern Lifestyle Development (“SLD”), was formed out of a desire by its principals to change the way real estate should be developed. Its primary mission is to build communities that celebrate lifestyle by introducing components that elevate the quality of life.
The group’s first real estate development was the nationally-acclaimed Village of River Ranch, one of the best known and successful smart growth communities in the nation.
Prescott said, “Since building on
mixed use elements could not always be incorporated into every project, SLD began developing more conventional communities that nonetheless incorporate lifestyle elements such as walkability, recreational features and parks and open spaces — communities that change the way people live.”
SLD was formed by Robert Daigle, Rodney Savoy and Robert Gagnard, the original developers of the Village of River Ranch.
The Settlement at Shoe Creek ran into opposition from some local residents who feared such a large development would threaten the city’s rural character and endanger the school system’s ability to absorb the additional students.
However, after visiting River Ranch in Lafayette and learning about the plans, Central Mayor Jr. Shelton and members of the Central City Council became convinced the project fit the city’s Master Plan and the city’s long-term interests.

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