Three Springs developers are moving forward with plans for new additions in the development's core near Mercy Regional Medical Center.
Three Springs General Manager Tim Zink said architects are being sought to design several buildings for use as commercial space and apartments.
Among these would be another mixed-use building next to the existing buildings on Mercado Street, which runs diagonally from the hospital's back parking lot. Another building for medical office space could be located directly across Mercado Street.
Plans also include a commercial building at the roundabout leading to the hospital's main entrance. Originally it had been envisioned as an assisted-living facility, but developers are looking at a different use now.
"If you can get a master plan 80 percent right, you did pretty good. The market is going to dictate where things go a lot of times," Zink said.
The next round of projects fall in "Village I," which eventually is expected to comprise more than 800 homes and about 80,000 square feet of commercial development.
"We're not quite to Village II yet. This is all within Village I," he said.
Together with Village II, the development over the next couple decades eventually could grow to about 2,200 homes with a 75-acre park and 800,000 square feet of commercial space.
Zink said that, so far, 17 residential units in Three Springs are occupied. All the second-floor office space in the mixed-use buildings is occupied, and various retail tenants have moved into the ground level.
Three Springs' first restaurant, Digs Market Café, is expected to open soon.
Though some potential buyers are hindered by their inability to sell their homes, Zink said sales continue.
"We're still rolling steadily forward," he said.
Three Springs has been touted as a sustainable development that employs green building techniques and eschews large suburban lots for compact, mixed-use neighborhoods that encourage walking instead of car travel.