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Township at Colony Park changing as pace accelerates

The Township at Colony Park development on Highland Colony Parkway is rapidly changing as the pace of construction increases.

“We have a lot going on now,” said Missy LaRose, marketing communications manager for Kerioth. “The Embassy Suites hotel will start construction the end of the summer.”

This will be the first Embassy Suites for Mississippi. The $19-million, 140-suite hotel is slated for completion summer 2008. It will be one of the brand’s new Design Option III prototypes, according to Alpesh Patel, president of Kana Hotel Group in Knoxville, Tenn. The hotel will feature an indoor pool, 6,000 square feet of meeting space and two 32-inch high-definition LCD televisions in each suite. The company purchased three acres in the 95-acre Township development from Kerioth for the hotel.

Also under construction is a new retail phase on the south side of the existing retail space that houses Summerhouse.

“We’re really excited about that,” said LaRose. “It will house Clark and Blake Brennan’s Royal B restaurant. Right now, it’s on track to be completed the last quarter of this year.”

LaRose said the restaurant will feature cuisine that patrons have grown accustomed to eating at the world-famous Brennan’s in New Orleans. “They’ll serve a great Sunday brunch with mimosas and the works.”

The brothers relocated to the Jackson area following Hurricane Katrina. The restaurant will have a New Orleans feel with wrought iron, copper accents, gas lamps and even a quaint outdoor courtyard area, giving diners the feel that they are in the heart of the French Quarter. The restaurant will seat approximately 250 guests, with lunch and dinner served daily.

That same building will house additional office and retail space, as well as a wine store and one more restaurant tenant.

“When the Township is complete, we’ll have six to eight total restaurants.” The development currently houses Fusion coffee shop and Soulshine Pizza. A building near the back of the development will house A.J.’s Seafood Grill. “That building is almost complete. There’s no doubt that folks in this area will have some great dining options right here at the Township,” LaRose said.

“We have new condos being built around one of the lakes — that’s construction you can see going on right now,” explained LaRose.

A major coup for the development is the new interchange on Interstate 55 between Madison and Ridgeland. The new road from the interstate will lead almost directly to the entrance of the Township, in front of Soulshine Pizza. That will make the development very easily accessible for anyone driving on I-55.

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