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Subdivision will Feature Village-style Design - Monday, August 16, 2004
THIBODAUX -- A 15,000-square-foot children’s museum, along with a possible school, fire station and retail establishments, will be part of a 200-acre village scheduled as the first phase of development on the Acadia Plantation property.

Plans for the subdivision, one of the single largest local developments in recent years, were announced Saturday night before a crowd of invited community members at nearby Nicholls State University. The attempt at 'new-urban' design is modeled loosely after Lafayette’s Village of River Ranch, officials said.

Saturday’s announcement came on the tail end of a five-day session designed to solicit public input into the final plans.

Developers tout the project, which covers parts of Thibodaux and Schriever, as a modern twist on the traditional neighborhood. It will incorporate residential and commercial buildings in a walkable community with a tree-lined, four-lane boulevard along what is now Percy Brown Road.
It is the first of two such neighborhoods planned over 20 years. Plans call for a heavy reliance on green space and public squares, along with a significant network of sidewalks and pedestrian-friendly paths. A golf course could also be included.

Steve Oubre, of Architects Southwest, the firm behind River Ranch and Acadia Plantation’s design, said it is the goal of planners to recreate to some degree the type of architecture innate to this part of the world in a combination of townhomes, rental units, cottages, larger residential properties and commercial buildings.

' In order for this place to be as special as it needs to be,' Oubre said, 'we need to control the architecture.'

He said planning is not finished and that 'a lot of dialogue' still needs to take place on the project.

Acadia Plantation, a more-than-3,000-acre plot of land just east of Thibodaux and extending south into Terrebonne Parish, was once home to three sugar-cane plantations.

The property was purchased in October by local businessmen Jacob Giardina and Ronald Adams for $9.5 million. Their company, Jaron Land Development, is behind the Acadia Plantation project.

12:55PM - NYT Regional Newspapers


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