- Associated Press - Sunday, September 21, 2014

GRAY, La. (AP) - Development in Terrebonne Parish is heading to higher ground.

“Everything is moving north these days,” said developer Henry Richard, whose Northpark subdivision in Gray is now on the market.

The Courier reported (https://bit.ly/1maUSY5) that Northpark, just south of U.S. Highway 90, is a 146-acre development with 59 residential lots in its first phase and room to expand to 400 lots.

Another recently completed subdivision is Williamsburg, off Bayou Gardens Boulevard north of Houma. This development has 68 lots in its first phase with room to grow to 156.

“I remember years back there was nothing but cane fields out here,” Richard said.

He envisions the Gray corridor eventually looking more modern with newer homes mixed in with industrial properties and older buildings becoming less the norm.

“They need more residential in the northern sector,” said Terrebonne planning director Pat Gordon. “We are seeing more and more commercial and light industrial. There is a need for residential development.”

Last year, oilfield service giant Danos announced it would locate its headquarters just north of U.S. Highway 90.

Running parallel, Louisiana Highway 311 also has been the scene of large commercial and residential developments.

Gordon said many oilfield fabrication and service companies have moved north along the Louisiana Highway 311 and Louisiana Highway 24 corridors because of the higher elevations, and he expects more to follow.

“Those two corridors are our major growth corridors on the parish’s comprehensive plan,” Gordon said. “It is the elevations of the property that make it most appealing. A lot of them are out of the special flood hazard zones.”

This means flood insurance for residential buildings isn’t required or will be much less expensive than other in parts of Terrebonne.

Given the nature of the parish’s subsiding land, there is limited dry ground to develop,

Another factor driving growth in north Terrebonne is its proximity to U.S. Highway 90. Lafourche Parish’s central corridor, which is bisected by the highway, is also experiencing a spurt of development.

“We all kind of sense that the future growth will be along the Louisiana 24 corridor in the Gray area along with continued development on the Louisiana 311 corridor,” said Kevin Belanger, CEO of the regional South Central Planning and Development organization.

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Information from: The Courier, https://www.houmatoday.com


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