City of Dallas launches “1,000 Unit Housing Challenge” to add mixed-income, transit focused housing for underserved residents
The City of Dallas is endeavoring to develop 1,000 units of housing for mixed-income Dallas residents, with an emphasis on job access for residents and proximity to public transit. The “1,000 Unit Housing Challenge” is being undertaken by the Department of Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization, which has already selected three top-tier locations for development.
“After a year of uncertainty for many Dallas residents, we are excited to launch this initiative, to provide housing to those who need them most,” said Housing & Neighborhood Revitalization Director David Noguera. “These hand-picked sites are the perfect locations for residents to be able to access our public transportation system and engage with their community.”
Sites selected for development include:
- 3015 Al Lipscomb Way—a two-acre site in South Dallas near the MLK Jr. DART rail station.
- 6601 S. Lancaster Road—a 10-acre site near the University of North Texas at Dallas campus.
- 4515 S. Lancaster Road—a 7.5-acre site located across from the Dallas VA Medical Center.
To choose sites for development, the Department of Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization looked for parcels of City-owned land that were larger than ½ acre, within half a mile of a DART station and are currently vacant or underutilized.
“This shows the complexity of the different offices that have come together to work on this to reduce automobile trips and greenhouse gas emissions; increase mixed-income housing and affordable job access; and increase our tax base and efficient use of existing infrastructure,“ said Chad West, District 1 Council Member. “There are so many acres of underutilized or unused land that the City is sitting on, I’m glad to see some of those acres activated.”
The City will collaborate with developers over the next several months to rezone the sites as needed, assemble appropriate financing and work with the community to flush out the design.
“I am extremely excited at the opportunity for the property formerly known as Patriots Crossing to be developed. This is the perfect example to show the community we are taking action in terms of advancing economic development and equity,” said Carolyn King Arnold, District 4 Council Member.
Written by Page Jones