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LECLAIRE — Carrie and Travis Corson fondly recall growing up in the cozy confines of LeClaire in the 1980s and 1990s. “There were woods we played in as children, where there were paths and trails to walk or ride bikes,” Ms. Corson remembered recently. “Out here, it’s so safe, we were able to just wander around for hours.” Now, those childhood woods are a neighborhood full of family homes, allowing dozens of more children the idyllic experience of residing in a community where kids can safely walk or bike with their friends to and from school without adult supervision. The Corsons – who both graduated from Pleasant Valley High School in the late ‘90s, had their first date in a LeClaire eatery and later married on the river banks of their quaint hometown – are doing their part to bring the joys of small town living to a new generation of kids and families in LeClaire. Their company, Corson Construction, is the preferred builder on the new Johnson Farms Estates development on the western edge of town -- less than two miles south from Pleasant Valley Junior High School on Wisconsin Street, the nearly 50-acre project’s southern border. Corson Construction, which specializes in custom homes, is nearing completion of its first model house at 104 N. 15th St. Mr. Corson said Phase I construction plans call for the completion of the first 80 homes in the 183-house development in the next 2½ years. The corner of Holland Street and North 15th Street marks the project’s northeast edge – near where the homestead for the Johnson Family Farm stood for generations. The project not only carries the name of the family that formerly farmed the land, but Ms. Corson said the new streets will be the names of Johnson family members. “We are extremely excited and honored to have the opportunity to build our hometown on a larger scale than what we have done in the past,” said Mr. Corson, who has been in the business since he began as a framing carpenter at age 18. “We definitely take pride in what we do – and we certainly believe in this town. This is a great place for people to live. This is a great town for kids to grow up. Our son has to go to school in this (PV) school district — so we certainly want to make sure that everybody is pleased with what we do.”