Area redevelopments have been popping up along Fort Worth Avenue and Singleton Boulevard in North Oak Cliff since 2004, and the area of vacant land that sits at Fort Worth Avenue and Colorado Boulevard could soon be turned into apartments, condominiums, and retail.
The land, dating back to the 1800’s was once a historic French settlement formally known as La Reunion. In the 1940’s The Colorado Place Apartments were built, but in the early 2000s the apartment community began to deteriorate and the community was torn down in 2009. Plans of redeveloping the area have previously been talked about, but the land has sat empty ever since.
It’s still in the early stages of planning, but a Houston-based development company, Texas InTown Homes, is looking buy and build on the 20 acres. Texas InTown Homes, founded in 2003 focuses on building beautiful, environmentally friendly “eco-Hop” designs with impressive energy efficient features and amenities in vibrant urban environments
According to their website, they have been awarded the prestigious Development of Distinction Award in 2011 by the Urban Land Institute. Texas InTown Homes is headed by Frank Liu and has already built a few series of urban-style townhouses in Dallas area by the Farmers Market, Oak Lawn area, and is working on a project near UT Southwestern Medical Center.
“There’s a need for more new homes in the area,” Dallas City Council member Scott Griggs said. “In North Oak Cliff, we are seeing a lot of demand for owner-occupied housing, much more than the supply, I am looking for every opportunity possible to bring in more. Oftentimes it’s difficult to find locations in the city, and this is a great opportunity.”
A major factor in the growth of North Oak Cliff is due to the connection between Dallas and Oak Cliff that the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge provides. It’s exciting to see identity of North Oak Cliff evolve from once industrial area to commercial and residential developments for Dallas to enjoy.