Clipped From The Northside Sun
Upscale development derails plans to extend County Line By JENNY BOURN Sun Staff Writer PLANS TO EXTEND County Line Road to Spillway Road have fallen to the wayside. Instead an upper scale subdivision has taken the place of a road that could have alleviated traffic congestion congestion on Spillway Road. Last year, Pearl River Valley Water Supply District (PRVWSD) officials proposed a $6 million two-mile two-mile two-mile roadway roadway connecting Old Canton Road at County Line Road with Spillway Road. The multi-lane multi-lane multi-lane road would have started at the intersection of County Line Road and Old Canton Road using the Mule Jail property access and traveling a short distance. The road would then veer off sharply towards Spillway Road. It would have then extended from O.B. Curtis Water Sewer Treatment Plant to the spillway. But to build the road, PRVWSD officials needed an 80 foot right of way on an undeveloped road (Mule Jail Access) which they were unable to purchase. Instead work is now under way on Montrose Subdivision, a Cress Company development, which will feature 25 estate lots and 12 courtyard homes. "We felt like from our perspective it would create less noise and be less traffic by far to have 40 houses down there than to have 13,000 cars coming coming by a day," Mule Jail Club President Bob Ridgway said. "We felt very comfortable that he (Gary Cress) would do something that would be beneficial to us, to the country club, the city of Ridgeland and it would be a nice quiet sedate drive like we've had." VtMii, x A A, -V -V "fr-ri "fr-ri "fr-ri Work has started on the new subdivision PRVWSD General Manager Ken Griffin was disappointed when he found out extending County Line Road was not a possibility. Because an $80,000 corridor study found that the bulk of traffic in Ridgeland and Madison County on Spillway Road is trying to get to County Line Road and Lake I larbour Drive, stopping short of the interstate, officials came up with the solution to extend County Line. "Based on the traffic survey, this was the number one project that would most meet the needs of the motoring public in terms of getting them to where they need to go," Griffin said. THE NEXT BEST alternative is to widen Lake Harbour Drive which falls within the city of Ridgeland's jurisdiction, according to Griffin. Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee said a study would need to be done first to consider widening Lake Harbour. "We have a project right now where we could widen part of Lake Harbour," McGee said. As for the extension of County Line Road, McGee said he never thought it was going to happen. "Gary Cress is doing a development development that is going to be wonderful out there," McGee said. Montrose Subdivision will be a gated community located on the north side of Mule Jail Road. Both are 3,000 square foot minimums with the estate lots price at $175,000 while courtyard lots are $100,000, according according to Blake Cress of the Cress Company. "We have golf cart access to the Country Club of Jackson," Cress said. Construction will start : in December on estate lot homes while courtyard home construction will start immediately, according to Cress. New theatre group organizing A GROUP OF MADISON County residents have banded together together to create a community theater. The all volunteer cast and crew will perform plays in the gymnasium of the cultural center. The theatre is the result of efforts made by Ridgeland resident Michael Hughes who wanted to perform on stage, but could not find a nearby acting acting group. He decided to change all that by asking Madison County Cultural Center Executive Director Mark McCrary to start one. "With thousands of families that naive moved out this way, you can not tell me that there are not a dozen people people willing to do this," Hughes said. McCrary and Hughes posted flyers for the meeting and more than 30 people showed up to form the group. McCrary has wanted to form a community theater since he became director several years ago, but was afraid there would not be enough interest. "I wasn't willing to make a commitment commitment to a season or developing a structure without knowing that the community was going to be behind it," he said "When Michael came by and said he was really interested in pursuing theater. I said, good, let's go ahead and move forward." Money to operate the theatre will be generated by fund raising committees committees currently being formed. Two plays, a musical and non-musical, non-musical, non-musical, will more than likely be set for the first year, with the first play scheduled as early as January, McCrary said. One show will cost approximately $ 1 0,000 while a season can cost anywhere anywhere from $30,000 to $50,000, according to McCrary. "We have put some ideas together like a dinner theater or something like that to raise money," he said. The group was scheduled to meet Monday night to come up with more ideas about the performances and fund raising. "We are trying to give adults a creative creative outlet for tjieir. flieatrical needs." ST. JOSEPH SENIOR Nicole Marquez has been a theater buff for a long time and when she realized the group was forming, she jumped at the chance to be a part. "I feel like I can gain a lot from it," Marquez said. "I've met a lot of interesting interesting people and hopefully I will be able to learn more about the arts. "For something like this to come along, it is like a dream come true to me.