Colony Park development features grocery store, golf venue
RIDGELAND — An investment group is looking to bring a mixed-use a 77-acre development that is said to include a national grocery chain, two high-end hotels, more than 100,000 square feet of office, retail and restaurant space, an entertainment venue, 228 homes, and a river walk off of Sunnybrook Road, investors say.
The developer of the project is PraCon Global Investment Group, a Mississippi company headquartered in Jackson. The proposed project is called Prado Vista and will be located off Interstate 55 here at the intersection of Colony Park Boulevard and Sunnybrook Road.
Gabriel Prado, CEO and President of PraCon Global Investment Group, said the development will be anchored by “a world-renowned golf entertainment center.” Though he was not specific about the brand names the development would include he said the development would be sure to make a large impact in the region.
“A top-notch golf entertainment center will serve as an anchor, along with a highly sought-after national grocery store that has a dedicated following, and a large national entertainment venue,” Prado said. “This development will change the entertainment landscape for the region.”
Top Golf announced last year intentions to open in Ridgeland.
Ridgeland Mayor Gene F. McGee said the project looks like a “quality development” and said developers have “bent over backward” to ensure they do not negatively affect any of their neighbors. The mayor said he was “excited” to see the development move forward.
The property is currently zoned residential and will require mixed-use zoning. City officials voted to set a public hearing to create and overlay district in the area to allow for the rezoning at their last meeting in March after going into executive session. That public hearing is set for the regular city board meeting on April 18.
“We understand there has been opposition to mixed-use developments in the past,” Prado said. “The biggest difference between our development and previously proposed developments is that we will add rooftops for sale and not for rent.”
Prado said PraCon is taking a “highly transparent approach” to the rezoning process and plans to hold a public forum prior to the April 18 public hearing to discuss the conceptual site plan, as well as address any questions and concerns area residents may have.
“PraCon is hopeful that the citizens of Ridgeland will continue to show support for this development during the rezoning process,” Prado said. “Since the golf entertainment center has the option of going elsewhere in the Jackson Metro area if Ridgeland does not approve the rezoning application.”
He said the date of the forum will be announced soon, and other town hall meetings with aldermen and citizens will be scheduled upon request.