Archive for August, 2004

Pictures from Our Tour of Clover Field in Chaska, Minnesota

Tuesday, August 31st, 2004

M.E., my two kids ��Stefania and Alec, and I took a day trip to Chaska, Minnesota to visit a new development called Clover Fields. It was an interesting visit because the new houses looked nice and a bit “sterile”. One unique approach was taken to keep the costs down was to construct load bearing walls in a factory in Wisconsin and hauled to Minnesota and constructed with cranes. The total build out time from start to end is 60 to 85 days. Now at this new development, you’d notice that the trees are so young. It would take 10 to 20 years before the neighborhood looks “real”. We’ll face the similar challenge with building Laurent because we’ll be building everything from scratch. There are many pluses to this approach. We all get modern homes with traditional look that encourages the small-knit community feel. Enjoy!

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The Laurent Company goes to DeafNation Expo in Seattle and Milwaukee

Monday, August 30th, 2004

We’re going to DeafNation Expo in Seattle and Milwaukee on September 18 and 25th. We will be giving a 45-minute presentation at both Expos, and we will have a booth and information to hand out during the show.

We hope to gain more reservations for the Phase 1 of the development of Laurent, South Dakota. We’re very excited to be doing this, and we look forward to seeing you all there!

We also are considering attending DeafNation Expos at Austin, Texas and Salt Lake City, Utah in October 16th and November 6th. We will make our decision after we go to the Seattle DeafNation Expo.

We’ve been pretty busy last week, and we’re looking at a busy schedule this week as well. Things are continuing to progress.

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Friday? Already?

Friday, August 20th, 2004

Wow, time flies when you’re trying to build a town. A lot of things have been happening lately, including work to improve the business plan for The Laurent Company. We have made a very important contact with an experienced New Urbanist town building company in hopes of having them either mentor us or partner with us in building of Laurent, S.D. We have put together a package of information and shipped it to them. We will know more within the next two weeks.

People have been asking us about Laurent � especially in Sioux Falls area � because we have been relatively quiet on news media front and people are starting to think we fell off the fact of Earth. Nope, we’re still here! Working very hard.

It is about 25 minute walk from my home to my mother-in-law’s apartment where we operate The Laurent Company for now, and I just had a wonderful walk here with my 3 year old son, Alec. We had a great time together, and the weather has been perfectly cool this summer!

Also, I’ve ordered Verizon Wireless Blackberry 6750 on eBay, and I should receive the unit next week. The e-mail and cell coverage in South Dakota is unbelievably great. Even the site of Laurent, small towns in McCook County and Camp Lakodia has full coverage. Cool!

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Multigenerational Living Article

Thursday, August 12th, 2004

A great article on mixing seniors with families and teenagers � if well-designed and planned, the life can be great for those living there.

Multigenerational housing puts a new spin on an old-fashioned way of living.

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Great Meeting with TM Rural Water System Last Night

Tuesday, August 10th, 2004

Last night at 8 p.m., M.E., our interpreter Monique Roberts and I drove to Parker, S.D. to present the concept of Laurent to the board of TM Rural Water System. They are a special government district, similar to a public school system, that governs the water use in several counties including McCook County.

We were impressed by the warm welcome and willingness to hear us out. M.E. introduced herself briefly then turned over to Marvin for the 45-minute presentation on the town and the idea behind it. We then fielded many good questions afterwards.

We all agreed to work together on identifying specific growth plan and the expected water use in order to better know what requirements we will have. We will be making a formal request to them to provide water service to the new town of Laurent.

Again, we’re very pleased with our progress on Laurent. The business plan continues to be a good work out for us, and we had hoped to grab a good model development pro forma from one source. We haven’t heard from them yet. Hopefully soon. :-)

Also, we’ve been in touch with Cendant Hotels (Super 8, Travelodge, Wingate, Amerihost Inn, etc.), McDonald’s, and Mr. Goodcents franchises. We have received positive responses from them regarding the site. If any of you reading this are financially qualified to own and operate one of these franchises, please contact us so we can ensure you get your “spot” in the Phase 1 or beyond.

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