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Magnolia Farms holds ribbon-cutting ceremony

The Magnolia Farms housing development off the new Patriot Parkway promises 50 large lots and homes featuring the latest ecologically friendly features.

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A ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday for Will Harris’ development attracted community leaders, local bankers, builders, John Hardin High School FFA members and Kentucky’s agriculture commissioner.

“This is a project that we’re excited about,” said Commisioner James Comer, a Republican who is considered a likely candidate for governor in 2015. “This is what we want to talk about in agriculture, being sustainable and being green.”

Comer’s connection to the project also is professional. Harris’ sister, Holly VonLuehrte, is Comer’s chief of staff, and their parents, Mike and Rose Harris, are prominent local Republicans.

Promoted as Kentucky’s first eco-friendly development, Magnolia Farms will emphasize green technology. All homes built there must meet energy-efficiency standards set by the neighborhood association.

The development will include a pavilion and greenspace for gatherings, trails for walking and biking, a recycling and compost center, a rain harvesting system, three lakes to provide irrigation plus an organic garden. Once established, the one-acre community garden will be maintained by John Hardin’s FFA chapter.

Located near Rineyville Road’s intersection with the Elizabethtown-to-Radcliff connector now under construction, the development is centrally located. Lot sizes range from one acre to four acres.

For information, go online to www.magnolia-farms.com.