By JACK WEATHERLY
The silence has ended and dirt will be broken next year on the first part of the Colonial Highlands traditional neighborhood project in northeast Jackson.
Dave Ellis, vice president for development with Birmingham-based Arlington Properties said Tuesday that the company will build 220 apartments on the 152-acre former Colonial Country Club.
Arlington Properties built and manages the 261-unit District Lofts apartments in the District at Eastover, which was completed last year and is all rented, Ellis said in a phone conversation.
“We’re very early in the process,” Ellis said of its part of the Colonial Highlands project, adding that he expects ground to be broken in mid-2019 and completion about a year later.
“What we know for sure is there is excess demand for luxury rental housing in Jackson,” he said.
“We’re trying to be the piece of Colonial Highland development to kick it off.”
In a possibly related matter, the clubhouse on the former golf course was leveled.
The revelation about the apartments, first reported in the Northside Sun, comes after months of silence despite many efforts to contact Luke Gurarisco, managing partner of Colonial Highlands LLC, which bought the property in 2015 after the country club closed.
The project, estimated initially to cost about $250 million, is a mixed-use, traditional neighborhood designed by Steven Oubre, a noted new urbanism architect.
The city approved the plan in 2016 and then-managing partner Bo Lockard of Shreveport, said in March 2017 that the project – which calls for 636 living units, most of which would be free-standing homes, along with attached homes and apartments for sale or lease and a commercial aspect including a grocery – that he expected dirt to be turned by the end of summer 2017.
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