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Century Village revealed as a quality-of-life catalyst
“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.”