Looking for Builders

Nearly a year and a half after the project was given the go-ahead by the Jackson City Council, construction has still not gotten under way on the Colonial Highlands.

Colonial Highlands is a mixed-use development planned for the Colonial Country Club and its 153-acre golf course.

The development is being proposed by Colonial Jackson LLC.

“We’re still working to find builders to develop the various phases,” said Colonial Jackson attorney James Peden. “We’re all disappointed that it has not moved more quickly.”

He didn’t say when the project would get under way.

The project would be a “traditional neighborhood development,” combining residential and commercial uses. Homes would be located within walking distance of businesses and green spaces.

Colonial Jackson anticipates the first phase to be a commercial section along Old Canton Road.

The initial site plan included approximately 640 homes, including 127 live-work units, 76 townhouses and 45 cottages.

Additionally, Colonial is expected to include 40,650 square feet of retail and office space, a 21,000-square-foot health club, 29,000-square-foot grocery store and a 31,000-square foot senior living center.

The project is based on the River Ranch development in Lafayette, La.

The site is bordered by Colonial Circle, Clubview Drive, Melrose Drive and Old Canton Road.

Plans for the project were announced in late 2014. In early 2015, developers attempted to rezone the project to CMU-1, or community mixed-use, but the proposal was rejected by the city after an outcry from neighbors.

Opponents were particularly concerned the development would include apartments.

Developers held a series of planning meetings in October 2015 to seek input from the public, and went back to the city to rezone the site to TND, to allow for a “traditional neighborhood development.”

Other TNDs in the area include the Township at Colony Park in Ridgeland and Lost Rabbit in Madison.

Peden is confident the first phase of the project will move forward, and said it is critical for Colonial’s success.

“If the first phase can be developed, it can serve as a catalyst for further phases,” he said.