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Tradition turns to Sanderson to start new traditions

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

By Doug Walker - email | bio

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Tradition was once hailed as the state's largest single planned community of the future, right in the heart of Harrison County. Several factors have prevented that from becoming a reality. But these days, there are signs of movement at Tradition.

On Tradition Parkway, water and sewer lines are being installed to meet the needs of future homeowners. And two new homes are under construction. All of this work is being done to transform acres of empty land into something more like the planned town of 15,000 homes, with 25,000 residents and a large retail component.

Brian Sanderson is Tradition's new vice president of economic development.

"What we have to offer here at Tradition is something unique, and will be attractive to many local businesses, as well as those from outside the area," Sanderson said.

Most of the slow development in South Mississippi can be blamed on the economy and Hurricane Katrina. But the storm may actually help this development. Tradition is not in the velocity zone, and that's attractive to those looking to move away from any future flooding worries.

"I think Katrina did showcase some of the risks that are on the immediate coastline, areas south of I-10, and certainly the added security of this location."

Tradition was built with custom touches in mind, from a private lake, to custom made sewer covers, to ornate street lighting. While gardeners keep busy sprucing up the grounds, there are plans in the works to spruce up Tradition's marketing efforts.

"In 2010, we are going to be focusing on our residents that have grown from two houses occupied to 20 houses occupied," said Brynn Joachim, V.P. of Marketing, "why these people have chosen Tradition to live, the experiences, the sense of community that they are enjoying and really showcasing those testimonials."

But as Tradition grows, development will have to follow set in stone guidelines.

"The four founding principals of Tradition: education, health and wellness, environmental stewardship and arts and culture," Sanderson said.

In addition to the new homes, the future Tradition will offer also offer a golf course, a YMCA, an amphitheater, and a village market.

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