September 15, 2007
set to begin on Lake Forest plan
will construct three lakes during first phase of Lakeland development
Enterprises will break ground this fall on the first phase of Lake Forest, a
128-acre mixed-use development in Lakeland, a growing hub of smart growth.
first phase will include 133 residential lots, but later phases, which could
take up to seven years to develop, will include commercial space for retail
stores and offices.
said the look and feel of Lake Forest, located on Canada Road south of
Interstate 40, is based on a traditional neighborhood concept featuring
smaller lots, front porches, extensive landscaping and a system of trails
and pathways throughout the development.
smart-growth, mixed-use communities are an evolution of a well-thought-out
and comprehensive plan of how cities would like to integrate the various
uses to make them more friendly to residents, tenants and consumers
alike," Belz vice president Andy Groveman said. "We don't believe
it's a fad; we believe it is the smart way to go to ensure a 'win-win'
development for everyone concerned."
part of the first phase, three lakes will be developed. The lakes will
separate the residential neighborhood from the village center, which will
eventually include retail, restaurants, offices, hotels and loft housing
above the shops.
will be 200,000 square feet of commercial space developed initially in the
the idea is to create a walkable neighborhood, retail spaces in the village
center will cater to the needs of the future residents, including a grocery
store, drug store and other neighborhood retail shops.
Forest also includes 23 acres of natural space, with parks, lakes, streams
and a preserved forest area all connected by pathways and trails.
pathway system will eventually connect to other locations in Lakeland and
Forest is in one of the fastest-growing areas of West Tennessee, with 60,000
people living within five miles of the development.
are eager to work in that area -- where the average household income within
five miles is $75,000 -- and have been working with Lakeland officials on
smart, eco-friendly developments.
on The Grove at Lakeland development, near the Oakwood subdivision off Seed
Tick Road, has begun. The 96-acre project, which will eventually feature 124
upscale, French country-designed homes, features a 42-acre conservation
the past several years, Lakeland officials have taken inventory of the
city's 5,560 acres of connected forest land -- called the Natural Resources
Inventory -- and developed a strategy for maintaining forests while
has also instituted a conservation overlay that is part of the city's
comprehensive land-use plan.
subdivisions are planned in the overlay area, they will be designed so that
natural or preserved areas are linked, eventually creating a system of
interconnected natural areas. The city will also try to link natural spaces
in subdivisions on the overlay's periphery.
think it creates value for everybody -- the developer, the city and the home
owner," said Eric Bridges, natural resources director for Lakeland.
have worked hand-in-hand with Lakeland city officials in the planning stage
to ensure that each use is compatible with one another and with the goal and
vision that the city has developed for its future growth," Groveman