Proving that traditional neighborhood developments appeal to every age, the Traditional Neighborhood of Sugar Mill Pond has been named one of the top 50 Master-Planned Communities in the United States to retire for the third consecutive year. The national magazine, Where to Retire, identifies neighborhoods across America that display a commitment to excellence in several categories such as a variety of living options, walkability to shops and restaurants, numerous community gatherings, fitness center and outdoor activities. The magazine also recognizes those Master-Planned Communities that have had a positive economic impact on the city in which they are located.
“At Southern Lifestyle Development, building traditional neighborhood developments is a labor of love. Our team is proud of the impact these great communities can have on quality of life. It’s rewarding and fulfilling to get recognized for doing what we love.” - Kevin Blanchard, COO Southern Lifestyle Development
Thibodaux, LA - Southern Lifestyle Development, a premier real estate development company, today announced details of a 220 acre mixed-use neighborhood located off of Highway 308, just past the 3185 bridge in Thibodaux, Louisiana.
The Settlement at Live Oak is a uniquely planned community featuring large estate homes, smaller single family homes and quaint cottages. Neighborhood amenities include shops, restaurants, landscaped parks, swimming pool and ponds with aerated fountains.
Monroe, LA - Monroe, Louisiana - The Southern Lifestyle Development group and partners, Vintage Realty Company, today announce plans for the 194-unit Century Village Apartments located inside the 88-acre traditional neighborhood development of Century Village adjacent to CenturyLinks’s Monroe, Louisiana campus.
The village will be constructed along the “smart growth” principles and will include a mix of residential, commercial and recreational uses. Traditional neighborhoods also include a mix of residential products from apartments and condominiums to cottages and estate homes.
Southern Lifestyle Development is happy to announce that Jay Castille has been
hired as Special Projects Manager.
As Special Projects Manager, Jay will be supervising construction at job sites and managing vertical construction projects
for Southern Lifestyle Development.
“Jay’s experience in the construction field, including as a residential and commercial builder, made him the ideal
candidate,” SLD Managing Partner Robert Daigle said.
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“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."
SLD's first project was the nationally recognized Village at River Ranch, a traditional neighborhood development in Lafayette. Now staffed by more than 20 employees, SLD has expanded into all areas of Louisiana, with more than 30 ongoing projects that include both traditional neighborhood developments and conventional subdivisions.
GONZALES – Conway, a walkable premiere lifestyle community set on 344 acres of a former cattle ranch, held a groundbreaking Tuesday morning for the development that will bring some 930 residential lots, apartments and retail stores.
Developers and area officials were on site of the property once owned by M.P. Evans off La. 44 that was annexed into the city limits of Gonzales in 2012. Southern Lifestyle Development closed on the property last summer for $8 million and expects to invest $325 million in the project.
“There is no project we are more excited about,” said Robert Daigle, co-founder of Southern Lifestyle Development. “It takes a Herculean effort to make this happen.”
The economy of northeastern Louisiana traditionally has been resistant to huge swings.
The area rode through the Great Recession without huge hits. At the same time, the region seldom sees spurts of growth. The best description of the region’s economy can be summed up in one word: stable.
Monroe is on the cusp of a rare spurt.
CenturyLink continues to attract such partners as IBM to Monroe. CenturyLink also is instrumental in the creatiom of Century Village, the 88-acre development that will blend housing and retail into one neighborhood with parks, restaurants and more within walking distance of family homes.
The development is called the Conway and is more than 300 acres land located right off of Highway 44.
It is expected to include about 1,000 single homes and 500 apartments with restaurants and shops. Mayor of Gonzales, Barney Arceneaux, said that the development is a "jewel."
"I like the term now 'The Jewel of the South,' and other people may take claim of that but right now it's our day and I'll take claim for it," Arceneaux said.
Robert Daigle, of Southern Lifestyle Development, known for his River Ranch development in Lafayette, is the developer for the Ascension Parish project.
"We are actively starting earth work which includes construction on all of our lake systems and things of that nature but from this point forward on you're going to see an awful lot of things happening on this property," Daigle said.
However, there are concerns about traffic once the development is underway. Developers say they are working closely with DOTD to add additional roadways to help with those concerns.
"We're going to doing a two land roundabout right on Highway 44 at the entrance as well as an additional lane so we're going to be doing a lot of road improvements to help the congestion," Prescott Bailey, of Southern Lifestyle Development, said.
Mayor Arceneaux says that residents may have to deal with some impacts while construction is going on, but says it will be worth it once the development is complete.
"We'll ask our citizens just to have some patience," he said.
"Surely it's going to be tough for a while, but I can ensure you all in due time you're going to have a wonderful project and you're going to have a wonderful new road way as well," Arceneaux said.
Developers say the development will be completed in about six years.
MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Project leaders and elected officials from all over the area announced the groundbreaking of Century Village, a new development aimed at catapulting economic development in the region.
The 88 acre residential development will also include recreational facilities like restaurants, parks and even a daycare center.
It will all be built around the centerpiece of the project - a new headquarter building for IBM.
The project is meant to be a tool to recruit more business and attract potential employees to Monroe.
A big key is the partnership between CenturyLink and IBM. Both companies say this new development will help that relationship flourish.
CenturyLink President and CEO Glen Post says this is a major step forward.
"I think it will be a great tool for recruitment. We try to attract the best quality in the world to Century Link and this area. This is going to create an advancement in quality of life for North Louisiana and Monroe," Post said.
Construction on the project should start immediately.
Fortune 200 company CenturyLink announced Thursday, that it will be creating a new traditional neighborhood development known as century village.
"This will be a mixed used area, century village. It will involve businesses, local retail shops, along with residential areas," says Glen Post, CEO/President of CenturyLink.
Accessible to those that work for the company and those that don't, CenturyLink CEO Glen Post says Century Village will be a major recruiting factor for the company.
"We try to attract the best talent in the world to CenturyLink and to this area. This is going to help create an advancement in quality of life in Northeast Louisiana and Monroe," says Post.
Along with new neighborhood development, CenturyLink will host its first commercial tenant in Century Village, IBM.
"We've signed a long-term business transformation agreement with them. They've agreed to bring a lot of jobs here to Monroe," says Post.
Along with bringing jobs to the area, IBM representatives say advancements in the information technology world will happen right here in our back yards.
"When you think about the it world, we're going to be doing cloud work and mobile work here. We're really excited to be able to enter new technology and support our clients through the team here in Monroe," says Joanne Collins-Smee, IBM Delivery Centers Coordinator.
The construction process for Century Village is expected to start in the coming months.
Century Village is an 88-acre development that will blend housing and retail into one neighborhood with parks, restaurants and more within walking distance of family homes. A groundbreaking ceremony for the project, which will be across U.S. 165 from CenturyLink's Monroe campus, was Thursday.
Glen F. Post III, CEO and president of CenturyLink, said the property was purchased in 2013, and he thinks Century Village will have long-term positive effects on Monroe, which is becoming a port for technology-based careers.
Joanne Collins-Smee, general manager of globally integrated delivery capabilities for IBM, said the company needs an incredible talent base to be able to flourish here, and they have that with strong relationships with area universities.
Robert Daigle, a partner in Southern Lifestyle Development, talked about his company's plans for the area. SLD develops smart growth, mixed-use communities and is known for the award-winning Village of River Ranch in Lafayette. He said the center of the development will be a five-story tower with two floors dedicated to IBM offices and rentable office spaces for other businesses. The ground floor will have a Romacelli Italian restaurant, a wine bar and a health and fitness center. The community also will have a day care center, a clinic, a bank and a market.
Daigle said previous developments have established not-for-profit groups that develop the arts within the community, and live music has been a priority.
The company is building several other communities in the state, including plans for Somerset Park in Sterlington.
Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo said he supported the project from the moment he heard about it and it's a boon to the community that IBM wants to come here, and CenturyLink continues to invest in the city.
Conway is set on a beautiful 350 acre piece of land in Gonzales, Louisiana. One thousand families will make Conway their home at completion and will include homes, apartments, office and retail space. Neighborhood amenities will include 46 acres of lakes and jogging paths along with a neighborhood pool and park.
Gonzales — A developer plans to build an upscale mixed-use community of retail stores, apartments and homes on a former cattle ranch, which is the largest piece of undeveloped property in Gonzales.
Lafayette-based Southern Lifestyle Development has a contract to purchase the property, situated on La. 44 just south of I-10, for $8 million and plans to close on the transaction in the spring, said Prescott Bailey, who works for the development company.
The 344-acre ranch, which is known locally as the M.P. Evans property after the late Merritt P. Evans Jr., who raised cattle there for years, is being sold by the heirs of the estate.
Bailey said construction of the development’s infrastructure — streets, drainage, water and sewer lines — is expected to begin in the summer or fall with the development to be built in phases over the next six years.
“It’s a great location with quick access to the interstate and the plants” along the river, Bailey said.
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