Community leaders, citizens and investors broke ground Wednesday on a 46-lot residential development in Meridian.
The future neighborhood, located off of Old Poplar Springs Road, will be called "The Commons".
Developer Jerome Kittrell said he hopes it will help encourage growth in the area.
"I hope that it encourages further developments like it, and I hope that it encourages further neighborhood-type developments," said Kittrell.
Modeled after similar communities in south Alabama and Florida, "The Commons" is expected to be completed in just over a year.