Friday, March 06, 2015

David Weekley Homes to build in Cedars



Dallas’ redeveloping Cedars neighborhood has attracted the attention of one of the country’s top production homebuilders.
David Weekley Homes is working on plans for a new urban housing neighborhood in the South Side on Lamar district just south of downtown Dallas.
The Houston-based homebuilder – which builds houses in more than two dozen North Texas locations – is working on plans for a 40-home project near DART’s Cedars rail station on Bellview and Powhattan streets.
The almost 2-acre development is being done with South Side on Lamar developer Jack Matthews, according to filings with the city of Dallas.
The play by a high-profile builder like Weekley is sign of the increased interest in the area on the south edge of downtown.
“We’re very happy to have them in the neighborhood,” said Matthews, who said it’s too early to talk about details of the project.
Matthews has been working to revitalize the old commercial and residential district for almost 20 years. He started with the redevelopment of the historic Sears, Roebuck & Co. warehouse into 457 loft apartments.
Since then his Matthews Southwest Inc. has built a 75-unit condo building, a 76-room Nylo Hotel and a $24 million 164-unit apartment community on Belleview Street that will provide workforce housing.
Matthews Southwest and developer TDI are currently building a $30 million apartment community on Lamar Street that will have 290 units.
David Weekley’s new home development is located between the TDI apartments, the Beat condo building and the DART station.
It’s one of several high-density, urban housing projects the builder is working in in central Dallas.
Weekley is building townhomes in East Dallas on Garrett Avenue near Henderson Avenue. And the company just broke ground on a small community on Live Oak Street just east of downtown. Weekley is also about to start building homes in Oak Lawn near Lemmon Avenue.
Most of the builder’s North Texas houses start at more than $300,000.
Steve Brown, The Dallas Morning News