Polk approves new Bright’s Creek Development agreement

Published 9:04 am Monday, April 18, 2011

New owners now managing property
Polk commissioners have approved a new development agreement for Bright’s Creek golf development, and new owners have taken over the management of the property.
Commissioners met Monday, April 4 and approved an amended development agreement with the new owners, Protex Investment Group, Inc., which is in the process of closing on the property. Commissioners met the new owners, Alexander Salgado and his wife, Gabrielle Barragan, during last week’s meeting.
Commissioners also met with Bright’s Creek project manager David Gillespie and engineer Will Buie. Buie said Bright’s Creek appreciates the county’s patience in working with developers.
The new development agreement includes more open space and cluster housing, as well as the possible additions of a hotel, nature center and other features.
The housing density is proposed to stay the same at 1,370 dwelling units, but some of that will include cluster housing as opposed to large, individual lots. The new plans for Bright’s Creek include 1,381 acres of open space; no open space was defined in the former plans.
The new plans also call for trails and the possibility of a Par 3 golf area, boutique and spa location.
Bright’s Creek, located mostly in Polk County with some areas in Henderson County, was begun by developers Bright’s Creek Holdings, LLC, with principals Bill Amick and Jim Roquemore. The approximately 5,000-acre development currently includes a golf course designed by Tom Fazio, several homesites, an equestrian center and a lodge.
The official closing of the sale of the property is expected to occur around July 1.

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