An investor group from Texas is planning for a doomsday scenario by building a $300 million luxury community with underground houses. The houses can help protect people from disasters with its air-lock blast doors, local media reported.
The community comprises an equestrian center, 18-hole golf course, polo fields, zip lines and gun ranges. Retail shops, restaurants and a row of helipads are also being constructed. Those looking for a relaxing time can enjoy three white sand beaches and a neighborhood spa, according to reports. The development, called Trident Lakes, is located northeast of Dallas.
“We’ve evolved it into long-term sustainability instead of a survival community,” Trident Lakes CEO Jim O’Connor told the Houston Chronicle, adding that the 400 planned condos will house about 1,600 people. “The concept is to build a community that will last two centuries or longer. That means we’re looking at designs that include earth structures that won’t be exposed to the elements.”
The possible move-in date could be sometime in 2018, O’Connor said, with construction slated to begin next year.
“It’s not just a hole in the ground to hide in — it’s going to be one of the most plush resorts in all of Texas, if not America,” Trident Lakes spokesman Richie Whitt told the Sherman Herald Democrat.
“People are getting fearful of this world — there’s ISIS, there are things like Zika virus to race relation and the police brutality they see on TV — people are nervous. People want a place they can have safety for themselves and for the future of their families,” Whitt added. “If need be, it’s going to be one of the safest places on Earth.”