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Columbus's PUD Development

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It is finally here! The development will be located near Northside High School at the corner of Veterans Parkway and Williams Road. A new middle school and elementary school are also being built in the development area. The development will be a mix of retail, residential, and office. It will built built on 257 acres. Woodruff is to build 222 homes worth $220,000 to $450,000, which will ring a central 260-unit apartment complex. The master plan includes 76 acres of greenspace with pedestrian walkways, trails, a playground and open field. The residences will be north of the site's commercial buildings, though some of those shops and offices will have loft apartments over them. The project's 296,000 square feet of retail and office space should generate about 200 jobs, and the whole PUD should generate almost $113 million in property and sales-tax revenue in 10 years. In that time it also will add about 16,000 cars to area roads, but roads in the area already are scheduled to be widened.

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On the other end of Williams Road it looks like they are starting on the Microtel Hotel. The expansion of Williams Road @ Whitesville Road to 4 lanes is taking forever. It also appears they are clearing all that land next to the Welcome Center. Anyone know if there is something planned there? This area is really booming in residential growth. There are 4 new Subdivisions/Condo developments (Bridgemill, Silver Lakes are two of them) all within a mile of each other on Whitesville and Double Churches roads. Now we just need those new schools... Double Churches Elementary and MS are WAY overcrowded.

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On the other end of Williams Road it looks like they are starting on the Microtel Hotel. The expansion of Williams Road @ Whitesville Road to 4 lanes is taking forever. It also appears they are clearing all that land next to the Welcome Center. Anyone know if there is something planned there? This area is really booming in residential growth. There are 4 new Subdivisions/Condo developments (Bridgemill, Silver Lakes are two of them) all within a mile of each other on Whitesville and Double Churches roads. Now we just need those new schools... Double Churches Elementary and MS are WAY overcrowded.

Hopefully the new elementary school by Northside and the new one that will be built in front of Shaw High School will help with overcrowding at Double Churches. The new one by Northside is already underconstruction. The one by Shaw is expected to be built by 2007.

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Another PUD development is planned for North Columbus. I believe I have mentioned it somewhere, but I thought I would add the updated information for this great project. This is from the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer:

Project boasts all-in-one community:

Development to go before council has stores, homes, elementary school

The River Road development by Blackmon Realty is to include 175 single-family homes, about 200 apartment units and 30 townhomes, along with 30,000-50,000 square feet of commercial space that could include a grocery, bakery, coffee shop, dry cleaners, restaurant and bank. The buildings will be "clustered" so that 80 percent of the site remains open space and almost 40 percent of that is devoted solely to greenspace, with a two-acre town square, walking trails and a bridge over Heiferhorn Creek to connect this development to CreekRise, another Blackmon Realty project to the north.

The site for the development, which is yet to be named, is about three miles north of Columbus' J.R. Allen Parkway and just south of River Road's Heiferhorn Creek bridge. Blackmon Realty is donating 12 acres to the Muscogee County School District for a new elementary school, saving the district the cost of buying land and giving the developer the advantage of offering prospective residents a potential school on site. Blackmon said he envisions young couples with small children choosing this neighborhood for their first family home. At about 2,000 square feet, the houses will start around $275,000. The first units should be ready to occupy by spring 2008.

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