Allen City Council affirmed its vision of the SH 121 corridor by approving plans for a major mixed-use project.
Gateway Allen at Twin Creeks is designed to attract major office tenants, urban residences, retailers and restaurants to 75 acres south of SH 121 at Exchange Parkway. The development will feature 16 acres of open space, including a common plaza for live music, festivals and events and 6+ acres of trails and natural amenities dubbed “Gateway Forest.”
Because of the juxtaposition of the three tracts that comprise the overall property, Gateway Allen will feature three distinct areas: a primary office and residential space west of Exchange; a secondary office, retail and hotel space east of Exchange, and a third site with direct access to SH 121, attractive as a potential corporate campus.
The site is one of the final pieces in Allen’s Twin Creeks development, which encompasses 2,600 acres west of US 75. As a result of careful site planning, the property’s most scenic features will be preserved within Gateway Forest, a heavily wooded area running along No Name Creek. Developers will enhance the public enjoyment of this area by including improvements such as benches, shade/play structures, decking and bridges.
Developers considered surrounding neighborhoods when laying out the site by incorporating a transitional area with reduced building height along the property’s southern boundary. They have also opted to deviate from the traditional masonry screening wall along Ridgeview Drive by incorporating a considerable amount of additional landscaping
“Being the ones who initially developed Twin Creeks, we have not forgotten about our residents down here,” said developer David Hicks. “We wanted to provide a great, natural feel to that area.”
Councilmembers unanimously approved the concept plan and development regulations during the January 28 meeting.