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Wilson Lane Development Breaks Ground on Highland Meadows Project

May 31, 2008
Area residents and dignitaries attended a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of a newly planned community in Elkins by Wilson Lane Development LLC. The community has been dubbed Highland Meadows and is scheduled to open to house-hunters later this year.

During the ceremony, Wilson Lane Development’s Managing Member Karen Jacobson said that the 14-plus acre development situated on Wilson Lane near the Tygart Valley Mall will be a welcome addition to Elkins. Highland Meadows features 42, quarter acre lots and is anticipated to be a community designed to bring quality, convenience and natural outdoor appeal together in one affordable locale. 

Jacobson said they expect strong demand for the properties. “Highland Meadows will meet the need of the local housing market for new, moderately-priced homes.  We expect this to strengthen and diversify our local housing market, benefiting both first-time homebuyers and families that want to live closer to jobs, schools, recreation and entertainment options in Elkins.”

The Elkins Mayor Judy Guye attended the ceremony and said that Highland Meadows will be annexed into the city and will be provided with city water, sewage, electricity and garbage pick up.

Jennifer Giovanitti, executive director of the Randolph County Development Authority, said the fact that Highland Meadows is so close to the Tygart Valley Mall and other businesses will benefit the people and the city. “Keeping people close to the city is really important,” she said.

Representatives of the Highland Meadows project recently met with local contractors to outline the project and introduce incentives for property sales and financing.  More than 16 contractors attended the meeting at the Randolph County Wood Technology Center, which was sponsored by Elkins Builders Supply Co. 

The Highland Meadows subdivision includes buried utilities, landscaped grounds and paved streets, a large greenway, and convenient access to shopping, dining, health care, schools and other amenities.  As a planned community, guidelines for residential design will apply; however, a variety of house sizes and styles are available.

According to Jacobson, Highland Meadows will be annexed into the city of Elkins once the lots are complete.  This will provide for city-owned and operated utilities, garbage service, street maintenance and Class A residential zoning.

Homes constructed by Highland Community Builders — a Wilson Lane Development partner — will be ready for sale by late 2008.  The homes will range in price from $110,000 to $150,000.  Lots, beginning at $29,000, are available for those interested in building their own home.

Smith Backhoe and Excavating of Elkins was selected to implement the property’s initial construction and infrastructure which includes the development of roadways, underground utilities, subdivision of lots and general site preparation. This initial phase of the project is expected to be complete by mid-September, 2008. 

“Common in more suburban locations, planned communities blend traditional neighborhood living with modern day housing,” Jacobson said. “Highland Meadows will provide a safe, friendly place for families and individuals to live.  And the newly, constructed homes will offer residents a better quality of life by lessening the stress of home maintenance, upkeep or renovation generally experienced with older homes.”

For more information about Highland Meadows, call Karen Jacobson at 636-6495, ext. 16, or 1-304-940-2506.

Article Photos

(The Inter-Mountain and CU/Suzanne Stewart)
DIGGIN’ IN THAT DIRT – Karen Jacobson, Wilson Lane Development’s Managing Member, breaks ground on the future site of the Highland Meadows community at a ceremony Friday. The site is located behind the Tygart Valley Mall and will include 42 lots as well as a park with a bike/walking path that will provide foot access to the nearby shopping center.



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