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July 4, 2014

New subdivisions show growth in Groves

GROVES — The city of Groves is undergoing a growth spurt as several subdivisions begin to see more rooftops and a new subdivision is planned at the former site of a golf course.

Indian Springs subdivision will be located at what once was the “Pea Patch” and Port Groves Golf Club. Located in the 5700 block of Monroe Boulevard, the property will hold about 144 lots, Groves City Manager D. Sosa said.

Groves Mayor Brad Bailey and business partner Dwayne Romero had purchased the land in 2006 and tried to breathe new life into the course. Membership in the club dropped and the course closed down in December 2012, according to an archive story in the Port Arthur News.

According to the Jefferson County Appraisal District, the 44.8 acres of land was purchased by Indian Springs ACH LLC in December 2013. Sosa said Tom Cormier of Albanese Cormier Holdings who is also owner of DJM Contractors Ltd. is the developer. DJM is the developer and builder of the Sterling Ridge community in Nederland as well as the Dominion Ranch community in Mid-County and the Westwood Village and The Heights subdivisions in Lumberton.

“We also have Debby Lane (off Terrell Street) where there will be 15 homes, Heritage Point (near 25th Street and Cleveland) where 17 homes will be and Bryan Hebert Lane (off Joplin Avenue) where 12 homes will be constructed,” Sosa said. “In the next two years we have a potential for 200 new homes in the city.”

Nederland City Manager Chris Duque is pleased with the work done in his city at the Sterling Ridge community.

“We are extremely pleased with their work,” Duque said.

In the past 10 years the city has worked diligently to remove approximately 200 dangerous and dilapidated structures as well as trying to eliminate eyesores such as junk cars.

“Anything in neighborhoods that disrupts the peace and dignity of the neighborhood. No homeowner wants to sit next to a dilapidated structure falling apart with high weeds and grass. We’ve made a strong effort to try and identify them and put together our CODES (Council on Dangerous and Empty Structures),” Sosa said.

Property owners are invited to the hearings whether they either decide to tear down the house or bring it up to code. If no one responds and there is no cooperation, the city tears down the structure at its own expense and places a lien on the property, he added.

Sosa believes the CODEs work of eliminating dangerous and dilapidated structures and keeping neighborhoods clean has gained confidence of residents and garnered new residents and home owners as well.

“For most people the biggest investment is their home and they can get nervous if the neighborhood goes down because property values can decrease,” he said. “We have had a lot of positive response and basically a lot of confidence from the neighborhoods where these things happen. And it’s not in one spot but all over the city.”

With the investment in the neighborhoods comes an increase in sales tax and an increase in population. The latest Census data showed the city grew from 15,733 to 16,144.

“That is great and what makes it greater is that predictions showed we would have a drop in population,” he said. “I think a lot of this is due to confidence and people coming in. And we can’t discount or give enough credit to our school district.”

Sosa also tipped his hat to the late Raymond DePwe, the local developer who worked to purchase properties in the city of Groves, mitigate any issues with the owners some of which reside across the United States.

“He was the one who saw the potential,” Sosa said. “Out of 180 lots, a full one-third are a direct result of Ray’s handiwork.”

DePwe was responsible for subdivisions such as Debby Lane and Bryan Hebert Lane.


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