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Southern growth details unveiled

By DAVID R. CORDER, Daily Sun Senior Writer | Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 9:24 am

THE VILLAGES — Residents’ curiosity during last week’s grand opening of recreational facilities at the Village of Fenney has motivated The Villages Developer to unveil the latest details of the vision for the area in and around the villages of Fenney and Southern Oaks.

Those details include the naming of two new villages, McClure and Desoto, and a wealth of new recreation facilities, as well as the locations of new golf car tunnels and bridges.

The villages of McClure and Desoto are not additional land purchases, but new divisions of the Village of Fenney.

Nothing about the extent of the details surprised Wildwood Mayor Ed Wolf, whose city governs this area of growth.

“Every move The Villages makes is well-thought out,” he said. “What they’re doing is first-class, and it’s a pleasure to see what they develop.”

The villages of Fenney, McClure, Desoto and Southern Oaks are portions of the 14,000 homes that the Developer announced Jan. 27 to build on 8,000 acres.

“As more land was acquired around the Village of Fenney, it became clear that creating additional and smaller Villages was a natural,” said Jennifer Parr, vice president of The Villages Sales and Marketing. “Each of the four Villages – Fenney, Desoto, McClure and Southern Oaks — will be approximately 1,500 homes. My sister, Tracy, and her team are working on the characteristics, theming and naming of future villages.”

A map unveiled by the Developer identifies seven new recreational facilities and a championship golf course.

“Every time we open up another recreation center, it’s a ‘wow,’” said John Rohan, director of recreation.

One of the larger recreation facilities covers considerable acreage just north of the county roads 468-501 intersection. 

It would include a recreation center; sports pool; softball and multipurpose fields; a remote control boat and fishing area; RC car and street hockey areas; and walking and cycling trails.

At the Village of McClure, the recreational facilities would contain a resort-style family pool; a pavilion; splash park; playground; beach volleyball and beach tennis; pickleball, tennis, shuffleboard and bocce courts; corn toss; fire pit; nature park and walking trails; fitness stations; and a dog park.

These details tell Wolf that the Developer remains committed to providing residents an active adult lifestyle with the convenience of golf car access.

The Developer also unveiled three multimodal bridges and three multimodal tunnels, providing key access points that link The Villages north of State Road 44 with all new amenities and developing areas.