“The concept of a planned community on our adjacent land became attractive. It made sense with our expansion effort and with our partnership with IBM. We were thinking about job recruitment, job retention and quality of life.” John Jones, CenturyLink senior vice president of public policy and government relations
The development will embody the principles of new urbanism, enabling residents to live, work and play in convenient proximity. While designed with CenturyLink and IBM employees in mind, Century Village is open to anyone. Southern Lifestyle Development of Lafayette, Louisiana, won a competitive process for the right to design and develop Century Village. Previously, SLD’s River Ranch in Lafayette earned recognition from the Urban Land Institute as one of the nation’s 14 best urban villages.
The urban village concept will be applied to Century Village, with Phase I including the IBM center, 215 apartments, office space, retail shops and restaurants. Additional phases will include condominiums, townhomes and single-family dwellings of about 2,500 square feet each. The development will include urban parks, a neighborhood pool, a children’s playground, a day-care center, a health club and a town square where neighborhood events will occur.
SLD Managing Partner Robert Daigle says having a strong employment base is a game-changer in attracting retail partners and investors.
“Without a heavy employment base like the one we have means it would take seven to eight years to complete all three phases,” Daigle says. “We think we’re looking at more like four years to completion. That’s a heck of a difference.”
Site work along U.S. 165 across from CenturyLink is well along, and the excitement is building.
The more we hear about Century Village, the greater the anticipation. Imagine Monroe being home to what will be a signature development in the state.
Lest we forget, that’s the clout of CenturyLink, able to transform Monroe through such an distinctive project. The community should never take that for granted.
Governor John Bel Edwards and Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo announced $1 million in grant money is going toward Century Village, the community project anchored by Centurylink and IBM. The grant money is coming from Delta Regional Authority, and will help the city move forward in building sewage infrastructure able to support Century Village.
"Being able to do these things to allow this progress to continue is incredibly important. And we wouldn't have the ability to do it without the DRA's participation, not just in Monroe but across the state of Louisiana," says Gov. Edwards.
Mayor Mayo is confident the expansion of CenturyLink and IBM will bring great things to northeast Louisiana.
"It is significant for the city of Monroe, Ouachita Parish, and northeast Louisiana," Mayo says.
The media coordinator for the City of Monroe, Rod Washington, says Century Village will do more than just bring jobs.
"They're going to help bring in at least 400 direct jobs to our region. That's a great boost for our local economy. But you've got to not just think about those people who are working for IBM, but those who are married or who have spouses coming into town, and those children who may be now enrolling into our local schools. Then all those tax dollars are coming into our local economy," says Washington.
Big plans have been revealed for a big project in north Louisiana. Monday morning, Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo and Councilwoman Gretchen Ezernack joined Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards in Baton Rouge for a major announcement involving CenturyLink and Century Village.
Century Village, the 88-acre lifestyle community project, anchored by IBM, is being constructed on U.S. 165 North across from CenturyLink in Monroe.
The Lost Rabbit development in Madison will soon get a little TLC.
Louisiana-based Southern Lifestyle Development is expected to close on the property by the fall, the company's chief operations officer Kevin Blanchard said Wednesday.
The deal, which was finalized for an undisclosed price, includes the township, 32 undeveloped acres and 72 lots.
Blanchard said Lost Rabbit is a property that "you fall in love with."
"We were really impressed with the Jackson market. The Madison area in particular is somewhere where we wanted to be."