Councilmembers unanimously approved a plan to rework the development of 60 acres located in the far northwest corner of Allen.
In 2017, property owners received approval for a planned development at SH-121 and Custer Road anchored by nearly 16 acres of apartments and a large grocery store. The 5-year-old development plan showed a site dominated by parking lots, big box retailers and free-standing restaurants. Prior regulations put no cap on the number of apartment units.
“The market was not interested in what had been proposed for this site,” explained Allen Community Development Director Marc Kurbansade. Some neighboring developments along SH-121 —including Allen Gateway, The Avenue and The Farm —have already broken ground, despite being approved more recently. “Developers recognized there had to be some changes,” said Kurbansade.
Developers with Trammell Crow worked closely with Allen’s Community Development Department, adjacent neighborhoods and potential tenants to reimagine the site’s potential while preserving nearly all the development regulations required in the original plan. The new plan shifts apartment units away from Creekside at Ridgeview, a single-family neighborhood located south of the development. It also caps the total number of apartment units at 1,200 and requires developers to build apartments in stages, hinging on the development of office, retail and grocery uses.
One of the most notable changes involved the site’s green space. Developers leaned on the expertise of landscape architects when planning the site. The result: a large central water feature, tree-lined plazas and a trailhead that links the development to its southern neighbors.
"I think this is a marked improvement: being able to walk to a grocery store, walk to dining,” said Garett Trietsch, HOA President for Creekside at Ridgeview. “Trammell Crow was very receptive to our concerns. I love the concept trailhead connection they have shown and think it will be very valuable to our community and others to the south.”
Developers indicated that they hope to begin development on the site as soon as possible.