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Tradition Housing Community Taking Shape

Streets are laid out and utility crews are installing fiber optic cables around the initial neighborhood off Highway 67.

Joseph Canizaro's dream community, "Tradition",  is becoming reality.

"It's an exciting concept that's taking off around the country. It actually takes us back to our roots," he said.

Tradition is designed to offer the quality of life once found in "traditional" neighborhoods. The developer envisions a walkable community that is both functional and charming.

"It's going to be an exciting, closely knit community of people who are able to walk on sidewalks like we used to and talk with people on front porches of their houses. And be able to walk to the grocery store from the house, or get a hamburger with the kids or get an ice cream."

Houses will reflect traditional design from the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Familiar names and architectural images will give Tradition coastal character. Home plans carry names like Popp's Ferry, Orange Grove, Beauvoir and Dantzler.

But the sense of community extends beyond the structures.

"We'll have festivals. An old village downtown. We'll have markets on Saturdays, farmer's markets and seafood markets and Christmas festivals," said development spokesman, Gerald Blessey.

Along with a sense of community and the variety of architecture, Mother Nature is a significant selling point for the development. Tradition will include an abundance of green space, parks and nature trails.

"Twenty parks. We'll have five miles of trails. We're right next to the national forest. So, this is going to be a community that encourages a healthy lifestyle," said Blessey.

"I'm excited about what we're seeing happening. And I'm excited by the reaction from the public. We've got over 90 houses pre-sold and nine builders anxious to start building," said Canizaro.

The first phase of Tradition includes about one thousand homes on 300 acres. Long term plans call for about 15,000 to 20,000 homes on 4600 acres.

By Steve Phillips

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