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The leading builder of new homes in Bartholomew County has received approval to build 32 more southwest of Columbus.

Beazer Homes Indiana LLP is developing a 4-acre section of Shadow Creek Farms, part of a subdivision on 322 acres south of County Road 200S and west of State Road 11, where 886 homes are planned.

The new section of the established subdivision also creates a 16.45-acre common area that includes two lakes and 0.80 acres for the extension of Shadow Bend Drive.

Steve Cook, vice president of land acquisition and land development for Beazer Homes’ Indianapolis Division, said the company has two sections that are in development. The most recent one, started last year, contains 51 lots.

Beazer in 2013 obtained permits to build 52 new homes, the most of any builder in the county.

According to Beazer’s website, homes at Shadow Creek Farms range in price from $132,900 to $184,900. Home sizes range from 1,239 square feet to 2,973 square feet.

Approval by the city Board of Works included a one-year $435,312 bond to cover 125 percent of the costs of public improvements such as sidewalks, streets, curbs, storm sewers, erosion control and earthwork.

The development, originally approved in 1999, consists of 11 residential sections and a 33-acre park. A six-acre section also was set aside for neighborhood business use.

Cook said Beazer likely will start developing another of the remaining sections this year and the remaining two in coming years.

Indianapolis-based Crossman Communities Inc. started the subdivision but in 2002 merged with Beazer, an Atlanta-based company doing business in 16 states.

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