180 Acre ‘New Urbanist’ Community Planned For Brown County

The village aims to be as environmentally sustainable as possible, utilizing high efficiency buildings and solar power.

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    The master plan for the Schooner Valley Village includes an artificial-snow winter sports park, condos, apartments, and luxury homes.

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    The western slope of the old Ski World park will be part of the 'Adventure Park' of Schooner Valley. Indoor water sports, rock climbing, and sky diving will be part of the facility.

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    The stream and lake that run through the property will be cleaned up and a sustainable water treatment facility will be built on site. About 56% of the 180 acres will be developed.

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    The project is expected to begin in 2013, and take 10 to 15 years to complete.

Plans were unveiled last night for a $250-million residential and retail development in Brown County. The 15 year project that will include homes, businesses, and an amusement park.

Architect Burt Perdue’s vision for the 180 acre Schooner Valley Village is a stark contrast from the abandoned ski resort that now sits along highway 46 between Nashville and Bloomington.

Perdue’s plans include more than 300 residential units consisting of houses, apartments, and condos. He says there will be more than 60,000 square feet of commercial retail space, a resort-style hotel, an indoor water park, an assisted living center, and; paying homage to the land’s previous use; a ski slope.

Perdue says the plans are like nothing the state, let along Brown County, has ever seen.

“It’s a sustainable ‘live, play, work’ community. For lack of a better definition, it’s designed as a ‘new urbanist’ community. In those communities, they are much denser, the density is much higher than a typical community.”

Once the village is complete, 1200 to 1500 people would live there year round, and thousands of visitors are expected to visit the environmentally sustainable village every year.

Nashville resident Brian Webb says he’s excited about the jobs the project could bring to the area.

“With things that are happening in the community, and the economic times, this looks to be a huge opportunity.”

Perdue says details on how the project will be financed are yet to come. He says work could begin as early as 2013.

A link to the project’s website can be found here.

Dan Goldblatt

Dan Goldblatt is the Multi-media Producer for WFIU/WTIU News. A graduate of Indiana University, he studied journalism and anthropology. He currently lives in Bloomington with his cat, June Carter.

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