Dirt moving on Southwest Drive development
JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Land that was cleared years ago for a mall that was never built will soon be home to one of Jonesboro’s biggest developments in years.
“It’s so new, this type of development, it’s new, there’s nothing else in Jonesboro like this,” said developer Carroll Caldwell.
Earth is being moved on nearly 140-acres of land on Southwest Drive for the Southern Hills planned development.
The mixed-use development will include everything from multi- and single-family homes to commercial storefronts, box stores, and restaurants.
Caldwell said there had been a lot of interest in the project.
“Valley View was wide open for growth. There’s really no restaurants here so we’re getting restaurant chains that are calling us now. We’re getting the mom and pop restaurants calling. So, we’re getting calls,” Caldwell said.
Prateek Gera with Gera Investments said there would be bike trails and sidewalks along with common areas for people and families to enjoy.
“We’ve got over 1.6 miles of sidewalks. We’ve got over 2.26 miles of bike trails, so we want to make sure that you’re able to eat here, live here, work here, play here,” Gera said.
The dirt work on the project began just 90 days ago.
“We’ve moved over 800,000 yards of dirt so far it’s been real good,” contractor and KEG owner Kevin Gillmore said.
But the weather has affected the work being done.
“We got slowed down just a little bit with the rain that happened the last couple of weeks, but they’ve been ahead of schedule and we’re very proud of them,” Gera said.
So when do contractors expect the building to begin?
“Well, we still got a lot of dirt to move, but if we have a decent winter, then we should be paving streets by sometime early summer,” Gillmore said.
Caldwell said they will not start marketing for new businesses or closing on sales until the spring.
Gera said hopes to get businesses that are not already in Jonesboro to come to the development.
When is all said and done, Caldwell hopes it will become a place where people come and never want to leave.
“We plan on having a place where you can work, live, ride the bike to work, get your haircut by walking to the barbershop or the hair salon,” Caldwell said.
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