Judge rules in preliminary hearing the Shoe Creek development in Central can move forward, for now _lowres


The Settlement at Shoe Creek, a traditional neighborhood development that will be built in Central, is getting larger.

The developers of Shoe Creek bought a 15.6-acre tract for $627,000 in a deal filed Thursday with the East Baton Rouge Parish Clerk of Court’s Office. And Prescott Bailey, area president for Southern Lifestyle Development, the Lafayette-based company behind Shoe Creek, said the plan is to close on another 2.5 acres of land in the next few weeks.

The additional land will be used for a planned unit development, the centerpiece of which will be a 100-bed assisted-living facility for seniors. The assisted-living facility will be developed and owned by CR Properties, of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, which is currently building a senior living facility east of the Mall of Louisiana in The Grove, a mixed-use development

The majority of the units will be set aside as independent living space for active seniors. Sixty-five of the units will be for assisted-living tenants, where nurses will provide help. Thirty-five of the units will be memory care units, set aside for people with Alzheimer’s disease.

“The whole concept of a (traditional neighborhood development) is to offer a housing product for all walks and ages of life,” Bailey said. “This will allow an entire family to live in the development, within a walkable distance.”

The Settlement at Shoe Creek will be a 700-unit development off Sullivan Road in Central. Shoe Creek will feature a variety of apartments, cottages, townhomes and single-family homes spread over 154 acres, along with retail and office space.

Construction on the development is set to begin in June, Bailey said. The first phase will include 115 single-family homes, 210 apartments, the assisted-living center and about 28,000 square feet of commercial space. There are letters of intent for retailers and restaurants to take up about half of that space, and some of the tenants should be announced in the next two weeks, Bailey said.

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