Cooper Takes Second Look?

By: Stan Torgerson
By: Stan Torgerson

Back from the dead? A development project in the Long Creek area of Lauderdale County may be back on the drawing board. If it happens, it would bring thousands of new upscale homes and a brand new city golf course to Meridian.

The surprising announcement came Wednesday from Mayor John Robert Smith at his biweekly news conference.

Smith says a new multi-million dollar housing development could be coming to meridian, resurrecting a project that died several years ago.

"We have developers who are interested in what we have come to call the Cooper Project out at Long Creek, where the municipal golf course is and we're still in conversation with them," Smith said. "They'll be visiting the community again. Actually two different developers are interested in that project."

The development would be high-end, single-family homes and town homes, and they would be built in the long creek area, near and on the city's present golf course. An entire new upscale course would be built to replace it.

The mayor says two different developers are interested in building in that area.

"We actually will be making visits to any similar developments the developer has already completed so that we can see for ourselves first hand on the ground the quality of any development, the quality of the golf course provided to see if that's a decision we want to make," said Smith.

If the development actually goes through, the homes would likely be built over a ten year period.


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