Builders hope to turn an historic North Texas farm property into a new residential community.
The almost 27 acres at the northeast corner of Plano and Lookout roads is what’s left of the old Owens Spring Creek Farm in Richardson.
Builders David Weekley and Beazer Homes want to build almost 200 cottages, villas and townhomes on the property, which is owned by Addison-based Standridge Cos.
The homes would be a minimum of 1,400 square feet.
A small commercial building site is also set for the corner.
Dallas-based Arcadia Realty would develop the property.
“I believe we have a neighborhood here that on its own merits would be welcomed anywhere,” Arcadia Realty’s William Gietema told Richardson planning commissioners at a meeting on August 18. “What’s really amazing about this location and what attracts Arcadia Realty and our builders is the amazing wealth of amenities.”
Gietema said the property is close to the CityLine development, the Galatyn Park employment centers and DART commuter rail.
“It’s blue chip everything,” he said. “What is missing are new for sale housing types.
Richardson’s planning and zoning commission has been going over plans for the project since mid August.
They consider the project again this week.
The land – located south of Richardson’s huge CityLine development – is now zoned for industrial uses. It’s adjacent to a city solid waste transfer station.
Another section of the old Spring Creek Farm on the south side of Lookout Road has already been developed for two data centers.
The property with its old farmhouse and barns has a long history.
The Owens family started their sausage business in the 1920s.
And in the early 1960s, the family bought a tract of farmland along Spring Creek for its growing operation.
The Owens family farm hosted tours, staged holiday events and gave hayrides for decades.
Ohio-based Bob Evans Farms bought the Owens brand in 1987 and in 2013 closed the Richardson plant and farm.
Standridge Cos bought the land targeted for home development in 2017.
Arcadia Realty has a track record of building residential communities with recent projects in North Richland Hills and Frisco.
“We specialize in mixed-generation, mixed-use traditional neighborhoods,” Gietema said. “The development standards we are proposing for owns farm are the same standards we have been using in traditional neighborhoods.”
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