Real estate recap: Smiley Heights planning funds in budget supplement … State readies Port Allen industrial site for development … Zachary named among 10 best towns for families in America
Plan on it: While recently breaking up and approving items within Mayor Kip Holden's $11.1 million budget supplement, the Metro Council voted to approve $200,000 for the planning of Smiley Heights, marking some of the first dollars appropriated for implementing the FuturEBR master plan for land use and development. The city-parish envisions that Smiley Heights—a mixed-use development including education, retail, residential and commercial components in the Melrose East community, where Greenwell Springs Road and Ardenwood Drive intersect—will encompass 3,500 new households and create 20,000 new jobs by 2030. Read the full story from Daily Report here.
Certifiable: A 204-acre "development ready" site in Port Allen is slated for certification under LED's Certified Sites Program. LED officials say the site—known simply as "All Star" for its ownership affiliated with the All Star Automotive Group—is located north of Interstate 10 on Court Street, about midway between La. 415 and La. 1. The site is one of three LED-certified sites in the Capital Region, including a 60-acre site at the Donaldsonville Industrial Park and a 44-acre site at the Pointe Coupee Port and Industrial Park. Daily Report has the full story here.
Like a good neighbor: Family Circle has included Zachary on its new list of the 10 best towns for families in the United States, noting the city's relatively high median income ($65,749), low average home price ($180,000), low student/teacher ratio (21:1) and high overall schools rating (it gives it a 9 of 10). "The [school] district has been rated the best in Louisiana for the last seven years and was the only one to receive an 'A' rating from the state in 2011," the magazine notes. Check out the complete list here.
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