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Gov. Matt Blunt and developer Jim Shirato celebrate the Jan. 23 ground breaking at Indian Ridge.
Gov. Matt Blunt and developer Jim Shirato celebrate the Jan. 23 ground breaking at Indian Ridge.

Indian Ridge breaks ground

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Officials broke ground Jan. 23 on the $1.3 billion Indian Ridge Resort in Branson West, beginning a five-year construction plan for the vacation destination and residential community.

The ceremony began at 2 p.m., and Gov. Matt Blunt joined developers Jim and Virginia Shirato in presenting plans for the project. Blunt also directed the first excavation of the 1,000-acre property along Table Rock Lake using a bullhorn to tell earth-mover operators to start their engines.

The Shiratos delivered remarks and unveiled tactics for recruiting and maintaining about 400 employees for the resort. Plans include providing off-site employee housing and adult and child day care.

The site is located on Highway 13, south of the Highway 76 and 413 junction in Stone County, and adjacent to Silver Dollar City.

When finished, the resort will feature an eight-story hotel and conference center, 2,400 multiunit condos, a private marina, an 18-hole golf course and pro shop, a water park, retail shopping, a 2,000-square-foot Ozark Indian History Center, and gated communities for seniors and residential lots. Total year-round housing is predicted to accommodate up to 7,800 residents.

Developers expect to preserve at least one-third of the area's natural terrain.

This story originally appeared in SBJ's Jan. 23 e-news Daily Update. Click here to register.[[In-content Ad]]

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