WAXAHACHIE

Development is underway on a new project that will blend residential and retail components together. The Oaks Village is set to go before the Waxahachie Planning and Zoning Commission at its Aug. 14 meeting for consideration.

The project has already received approval from the Red Oak Planning and Zoning Commission and approval is still pending by the Red Oak City Council.

If permissions are granted from both cities, construction is anticipated to start in the spring of 2019.

Jeff Cra, the project engineer, stated the development would bring a product that is unique to both Waxahachie and Red Oak and located at the intersection of Oaks Boulevard and Interstate Highway 35E. The are is divided almost in half by the border of both cities.

“The scope of the development is an age-restricted gated community,” Crannell said. “It is for people like me who don’t want to have a big yard, but still want to maintain a nice house. There are a lot of amenities that are geared towards the active adult lifestyle.”

Crannell stated the development would be built over three phases with a total of 252 lots and open to residents 55 years old and up.

Homes in the development will primarily be single story. Some of the features include a large master bathroom, large kitchen, and ADA accessibility. Outside, the yards in the front and on the sides of the house would be smaller for easier upkeep.

Plans call for the construction of parks along with the revitalization of an existing lake with pedestrian features like walking trails and the possibility of a clubhouse with a meeting room.

“There is a lot of open space on the project. The existing lake is such an asset to have because everybody loves the water. We want to take advantage of it,” Crannell explained. “That is one of the draws of this project is that it is a beautiful piece of property.”

The northern portion of the property is planned to have two spaces designated for commercial and a third area is listed as agriculture. The retail spaces could possibly house a strip shopping center, restaurants, or a medical-type facility

In the area designated on the site plan as agriculture, Crannell is looking at multi-family uses, such as assisted living and a memory care facility.

Crannell stated he wants to build on the success of other projects in the area like the Country Lane Seniors facility located off of Park Hills Drive and U.S. Highway 77 in Waxahachie.