Sunday, March 31, 2013

Lendon Esplanade is marked for development!

We are happy to see that the developers have started marking the stream here at Lendon of Huntsville.  The stream is soon to become the Lendon Esplanade!  Currently the stream water levels fluctuates greatly from dry as a bone to rushing rapids.  Of course most of the waterways here in Jones valley and around Huntsville have similar rapid rising and falling of the water levels.  The plans has the stream being turned into a beautiful waterway that will separate the Commercial Area from the Residential Areas.  As you can see in the Master Plan Illustrated below.

View from Carl T. Jones Dr. looking over the Commercial Area.

The Somerby Corner on the road that will become Lendon Main St.

View of the stream with the markers looking west.

View of the stream with the markers looking east

HD view of the stream with the markers looking east
It looks like we are in for another week of wet and mud, but the outlook beyond that looks great!  Let there be sun!!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Lendon's neighbor - Jones Valley Farm history.

I thought it would be a great idea to give a little history of the Jones Valley Farm where Lendon is being built. This land was farmed back in the 1800's by salve labor and was not accessible by roads or any type of transit.  When Carl Jones found out about the land that had been for sale for the past four years the only buildings that were on the land were a mule barn built in 1915 and an abandoned house built by slave labor in 1823 with bricks made in the yard.  The farm still at this point was not well served by roads and had no utilities, fencing or infrastructure.
In 1939, Carl Jones moved his family from Nashville to the farm here in Huntsville. Today, Ray Jones writes in the book featured to the left, the farm is the largest active urban farm “and a real legacy to Carl and Ed Jones who started it all.’’  It is amazing to look at the wonderful development in the area and imagine the flowing fields that once were entirely farmed then be able to look to the left or the right and still see the active farm.  It's almost like being a part of history while enjoying the comforts of today and beyond.
If you are planning to move to Lendon or just enjoy the Jones Valley area and it's rich history, please feel free to click on the book and get a copy for your coffee table.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Video walk through of Lendon

I have a walk through video of the Lendon of Huntsville work site.  It is a walk through so the video is a bit shaky from time to time.  I'll try to do a better job with stability next time.  The path I took is basically walking up the side where Canal Street will be to the Lendon Esplande bridge.  I hope you enjoy!

Part 1

Part 2

Friday, March 15, 2013

Lendon of Huntsville Development progress update

There has been a lot of progress made at the Lendon site however some of it is hard to notice at first glance. Most of the progress so far has been creating the topography with the designed elevation areas.  If you look back through some of the other pictures it will become clear what has been accomplished.  Today I also decided to get some shots from the back side of the construction area as well as at the top of one of the newly created hilltops.  The mud has finally firmed up enough to walk on.  I don't suggest walking on it quite yet though.

From Jones Farm Park

From parking lot of the farm park.

From parking lot of the farm park.
More views of Lendon

Distance view of the development

Distance view of the development

Panorama from the stream bridge

Single shot of the panorama

Stream and soon to be storefronts and parking

Walking the Stream

Parking lot drainage

Drainage running where the parking lot will be

Work trucks at rest

 The West-end view

Still a bit muddy

View from the north west end of phase one area

Phase one area

Drainage added to help work continue

Looking east toward the backside of  Jones valley shopping center

View looking toward Carl T. Jones Drive.

This may be where Main Street will be.

This looks like it might be a natural spring or well in the middle of the development

 View from the new Hilltop