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Tunica National Development Swings to a Start

Pictured:  Bob Wolcott, Clifton Johnson, Lyn Arnold, Cody Harell, James Dunn, Matthew Dunn, Robert Jackson, John Mayo and Bob Gann officially break ground on Tunica National-A Master Planned Community at a ceremony.

TUNICA, Mississippi (September 28, 2006)—Dirt is moving, and the infrastructure improvements have started for Tunica National – A Master Planned Community, the largest residential development in Tunica County to date.

Dunn & Harrell Development, LLC is breaking ground on the first major residential development and announcing the local contracts this week on a $25 million mixed use development surrounding Tunica National Golf and Tennis in the heart of the area’s growing resort district.

Company owners and entrepreneurs Matthew Dunn and Cody Harrell say this is a landmark development for Tunica County.

“This is the start of the residential boom for Tunica, and today we’re announcing that we’ll be using local companies to make this dream happen,” Harrell said. “Before homes can be built, all of the infrastructure has to be in place, and that’s what we’re doing now.”

Freeland and Lemm, a DeSoto County-based company, will be completing the infrastructure construction for Phase 1, which includes the 47 lots in Gallery Walk and 48 in Champion’s Landing. Gallery Walk consists of garden homes for sale, and Champion’s Landing will be lots for sale to build custom homes. Gallery Walk is anticipated to be complete by mid-December with houses available by early spring. Allen and Hoshall, a Memphis-based company, will be handling all of the engineering duties.

The 268 acres surrounding Tunica National will have 600-700 new homes and 600 apartments/condominium units. Complimenting the housing development will be a town center development featuring retail shopping and office space.

Although property taxes in Tunica are very low, the county will be gaining taxpayers with this development, and county leaders say this is a monumental development for Tunica.

“This is the first step in the right direction for Tunica County’s residential expansion,” said County Administrator Clifton Johnson. “Tunica hasn’t seen much residential growth since the casino industry came here almost 15 years ago, and this development will give options for people wanting to live closer to where they work. It’s good to finally see someone take Tunica seriously as a great place to develop housing.”

Tunica County Chamber of Commerce President Lyn Arnold says this development should increase economic development for this area and set a standard for other developers.

“Combined with the opening of I-69 and other developments underway in the area, this project sends just the right message that the Northwest corner of Mississippi and Tunica County are the place to be,” Arnold said. “The vision that Matthew Dunn and Cody Harrell have brought to this project is outstanding, and I expect it to be one of the premier housing developments in the Southeast.”

Dunn and Harrell say the biggest selling point for their development will be its unique location near all nine casinos, and the development will surround Tunica National golf course.

Individuals can reserve lots in Champion’s Landing by putting down a refundable deposit. Preconstruction sales for the homes in Gallery Walk will begin in the next few months. The project is scheduled for a 10 year build out. For more information, please call Tunica National Properties at (662) 363-9510, or visit www.tunicanationalcommunity.com

About Tunica National

Located on U.S. Highway 61 North in Tunica, Tunica National features an 18-hole Mark McCumber-designed public golf course, six-hole par-3 practice course, 20,000-square-foot clubhouse, circular driving range, and Golf Training Academy. The four indoor tennis courts are the only Hydro-Grid Har-Tru indoor clay courts south of Washington, D.C. Har-Tru’s granular surface acts as a shock-absorbing cushion, allowing players to slide into their returns, preventing jointjarring stops. One of the most impressive aspects of the technology is the sub-surface irrigation and the ability to control humidity indoors.

Major 268-Acre Development
Planned for Tunica County
Posted July 2006


TUNICA RESORTS, Mississippi,  – Plans have been unveiled for a 268-acre residential and retail development in Tunica Resorts, Mississippi, that will make it the first of its kind in Northwest Mississippi. The total infrastructure and land development cost is anticipated to be approximately $25 million.

The master planned community, which will surround the Tunica National Golf and Tennis club just off Highway 61 about two miles south of Desoto County, will be developed by Dunn & Harrell Development, LLC. Matthew Dunn and Cody Harrell – the principals of the development team both grew up in Mississippi and became acquaintances while attending Ole Miss Law School.

"This will be the first development of a master planned community in Tunica County and the first project of this magnitude for Northwest Mississippi," said Dunn. "One of the most exciting aspects of this undertaking is that it demonstrates the continuous progress of Tunica County. About a decade ago this was one of the poorest counties in the United States. Today we have a thriving billion-dollar economy.

"The county, through the foresight of its leaders, has spent that decade reinvesting in its community to improve the quality of life for its citizens," Dunn continued. "Tunica National, a master planned community will champion their efforts while setting a new standard for quality living in North Mississippi."

Groundbreaking is expected to begin in mid-to-late summer. The first phase of development will include the gated community of "Champions Landing," nestled between the Tunica National golf course and Champions Lake. Champions Landing will feature complimentary amenities to its golf course frontage and lakeside lots, such as a private entrance drive through the golf course, a park and a community swimming center.

Homes in Champions Landing are expected to be initially priced in the $300,000 range.

The Master Planned Community will use the concept of New Urbanism, with pedestrian-friendly streets that will encourage walking. In addition, there will be numerous lakes and water features throughout the neighborhoods.

"The different types of residential product will consist of numerous lifestyle options including estate homes, village homes, golf cottages, condos, townhomes, apartments, patio homes, resort and active senior condos," said Harrell.

"This community will be built like towns used to be built with a main street boulevard village center known as the 'Village Green,'" he continued. "The Village Green will include 15-foot-wide sidewalks, parallel parking on the streets and large, heavily landscaped medians on the main street."

Harrell said the retail shops and restaurants will offer amenities to the development and feature rear parking to produce an inviting pedestrian-friendly main street with the focal point on architecture instead of automobiles.

The village will include office and residential loft opportunities creating an urban atmosphere while maintaining the feel of a small town Mississippi setting.

Both Dunn and Harrell emphasized they have assembled a team of top professionals to assist in the planning and execution of their vision for the development of Tunica National.

"Foley Design Associates Architects Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia is our land planner and architect," said Harrell. "This is a firm that has master planned more than 100 golf course communities, including Greg Norman's medalist communities. Bill Foley, the President, was the architect for the United States Golf Association headquarters.

"Allen & Hoshall is serving as the engineers to the project. Their firm was founded in 1915," Harrell continued. "We have been fortunate to receive planning direction from real estate development advisor Cord Middleton of Hilton Head, South Carolina. All of these professionals have numerous distinctions and are recognized as leaders and visionaries in their fields and are bringing their expertise to ensure the execution of a premier quality lifestyle at Tunica National, a master planned community."


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