Friday, March 13, 2015

New home community would replace old duplexes near SMU

PSW Homes
PSW Homes is building in several locations in Dallas, including these new houses on Lovers Lane.
Another builder is hoping to replace two blocks of aging duplexes near North Central Expressway with new housing.
The 7-acre potential development site is near the southeast corner of North Central Expressway and Mockingbird Lane and is occupied by 60 year-old rental duplexes.
The duplexes are just south of the DART’s Mockingbird Station rail station and are across the street from Glencoe Park.
Previously developers have looked at building townhouses or apartments on the property.
Now a builder that’s doing several urban-style new home communities is proposing to knock down the old houses and build new ones.
PSW Homes wants to build 68 homes on the property that is now used for the 34, 2-unit duplex buildings along Anita Street and Ellsworth Avenue.
Residents in the area have previously opposed proposed redevelopment of the property. The last request they rallied against was a plan to build more than 300 apartments on the land which is southeast of Southern Methodist University.
Burt Zinser, a member of the Glencoe Park Neighborhood Association, said homeowners feel better about this proposal.
“The consensus has all been positive,” Zinser said. “It reduces the short term renters in the neighborhood and brings in homeowners.
“This is certainly the best deal we have seen,” he said. “I think this will improve the character of the neighborhood.”
PSW is doing a handful of high-density new home projects in the Dallas-area. The Austin-based company’s homes are located in North Oak Cliff, North Dallas and near White Rock Lake in northeast Dallas.
The houses use low maintenance exterior materials and energy efficient operating systems, including solar panels on the roof to generate electricity.
Most of the three and four bedroom homes sell for prices ranging from under $400,000 to more than $700,000.
PSW Homes targets its communities at young professionals who rent and owners of older homes who want to upgrade.
The new houses would replace two blocks of aging duplexes. (Steve Brown)
Steve Brown, The Dallas Morning News