Construction equipment and new rooftops highlight the 700-acre development located on North Grove Boulevard in Waxahachie.
“The part that we are involved in is that we had about 1,400 lots approved through a concept plan to build over time. The total build-out will be about 2,200 lots,” said Terry Weaver, JH Development Chief Operating Officer. “We have the boulevard that is being constructed through the middle of it that will allow traffic to be handled as it connects Farm-to-Market Road 813 to U.S. Highway 77 and will open up both sides of North Grove.”
Weaver explained that the homes being constructed by John Houston Custom Homes would range from $230,000 - $400,000. Other builders in the development include Antares Homes and Bloomfield Homes. The development contains the subdivisions Enclave, Haven, Cove and Estates.
He noted that there is a high demand for this level of housing in the city and the market is reflecting that trend.
“We have three different lot types that we are developing and are intermixed within the neighborhood. We will have smaller alley lots, then we will have front entry lots, and then we will have estate lots that will be side-entry homes. We will have all of that available,” Weaver stated. “In our neighborhood, we have inter-dispersed in the plan are amenities. We have got an amenities center that will be going in in the future, two neighborhood pools, and a splash park. Not anything large like Hawaiian Falls.”
Weaver continued stating there will be a couple of playground areas and a trail system inside the neighborhood that will link residents to the hike and bike trail on either side of the boulevard. The amenities center and pools will be only available to residents of the neighborhood and managed by a homeowners association. The development features a site for a new elementary school.
Weaver added that the development is very pedestrian friendly and residents should be able to get to a park or an open space from their home in a 15-minute walk.
Waxahachie City Manager Michael Scott stated that the development would include a seven-acre park that will be constructed as more homes are built. He estimates the park, which will be similar in size to Matthews Park near Garden Valley Parkway, will open within the next three to five years. Preliminary plans for the park have been made, and the city is working with a landscape architect at this time.
“We don’t have a facility like that in that area. When you add that many homes you want to have amenities and you want to have parks. That is what makes a community a community. It makes sense to have a regional park there,” Scott explained. “It is going to have some unique attributes that hopefully will have more regional appeal and not just for these folks but also community-wide.”
Along with adding new homes the development will feature a new four-lane road known as North Grove Boulevard. The road will connect U.S. Highway 77 to Farm-to-Market Road 813. Its official grand opening and dedication are set to take place in the middle of March.
“I think that it is going to help a lot and will offset some of the traffic on 287 on the frontage roads there that kind of bottleneck at 77 and 287. Those lights have longer and longer waits,” Scott noted. “I think that it will alleviate a lot of that where people have to go through that intersection just out of necessity. So really it should help those bottlenecks in the retail corridor.”
Scott continued stating a traffic study will be done once North Grove Boulevard opens for traffic to determine if a traffic signal is needed on U.S. Highway 77 and FM 813. The speed limit for the street will be 35 mph. When the street opens the section at FM 813 is going to be a four-way stop initially. The street is fully landscaped with trees, has stamped concrete, and lighting.
The development is a joint effort funded by developers and the city. The amenities in the development are funded through public improvement funds, which are an additional assessment above property tax. This assessment paid by residents living in that area. Once the debt is paid off the assessment is removed.
Weaver said there are 150 homes on the ground in The Cove at North Grove that is either occupied or under construction at this time. Constructions plans have been approved on everything south of the boulevard.
Weaver stated John Houston Custom Homes wanted to be involved with the project to create a positive place for families.