Thursday, July 11, 2013
Builders complete Light Farms development in Celina
The area includes four swimming pools, a fitness center, a tennis court complex, a park, hike and bike trails, lakes, and a central lawn with a gazebo for events.
CELINA The long-awaited time has finally come – Light Farms is open for business.
Light Farms held a preview to the community recently to celebrate the 908-acre master-planned community, located four miles north of U.S. Highway 380 in Celina’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.
“I think if we had to summarize this project, it’d be partnership,” said Tony Ruggeri, co-president of RPG.
The project began in 2007 when Republic Property Group purchased the tract of land, but was forced to remain in the planning stages for several years because of economic conditions.
“Years ago, it was just a vision – just color renderings,” said Jake Wagner, RGB co-president. “We’ve been living – breathing – this project for the last few years.”
The $1.2 billion development, which could be home to 8,700 residents, includes two restored barns from the 1830s from New York that were reconstructed in the development using the original beams, which RPG held a barn raising for last year. These barns play host to the community sales center and the fitness center.
Located within the Prosper Independent School District, Light Farms will offer an on-site elementary school as well as a fire station in the future. Light Farms also includes four swimming pools, a fitness center, a tennis court complex, a park, hike and bike trails, lakes, and a central lawn with a gazebo for events.
“We’re so excited to be a part of this community,” Wagner said.
Now that Light Farms has opened, the developers, which include American Legend Homes, LionsGate Homes, Darling Homes, Drees Custom Homes, and Shaddock Homes, will be allowed bring in residents. Phase 1 of the development will include 267 homes with 50- to 80-foot lots in three neighborhoods, according to the Light Farms website.
“This is a great example of a partnership between a development and a town,” said Mike Foreman, Celina city manager. “It’s going to build Celina, [and] it’s going to build the development. [RPG] had a dream and they brought that dream here.”
During the preview of the community, Celina Mayor Sean Terry stressed the importance of Light Farms keeping the development a farming community as well as a family one. Celina Economic Development Corporation Director Corbett Howard also gave remarks to RPG during the opening.
“I’m so proud of what [RPG has] done,” Howard said.
To learn more about Light Farms, visit www.lightfarmstx.com.
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