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Dallas’ Challenge: Creating Walkable Neighborhoods Without Leaving Communities Behind

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As a recent report lays out in detail, walkable urban neighborhoods provide vast economic opportunity. The “WalkUP Wake-Up Call” identifies 38 walkable neighborhoods as existing in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area. These account for 12 percent of North Texas’ entire gross regional product. They fuel more efficient economies, and developers have taken notice. About a quarter of all of DFW’s multifamily rental housing went into those 38 areas during the last real estate cycle. (Our Peter Simek wrote about the study previously.)

However, there aren’t many urban areas that have managed to become booming economic engines without pricing out a significant portion of the populace. It’s partly an issue of supply and demand—these are intensely desirable places to live and work, but they occupy just .12 of one percent of the region’s land mass. This follows conventional wisdom about displacement in our city, too. These neighborhoods sport rents that are 37 percent higher than the regional average, making affordability difficult for many, concentrating those who can afford it. Building a more walkable future equitably becomes a trickier proposition that begins with a simple choice, says Chris Leinberger, a professor and chair of the Center for Real Estate & Urban Analysis at George Washington University, which conducted the study.

“The real issue is having the intention to do this,” Leinberger says.

Within the study, each of the 38 WalkUPs are grouped into tiers—platinum, gold, silver, and copper—based on both economic and social equity indicators. The equity groupings are a reflection of housing prices, transit accessibility, and the area’s mix of rental and for-sale housing. Leinberger’s team created an index to consider those factors as they relate to one another.

When the team studied other regions, they found in the equity category a near-even distribution between gold and silver—plenty of neighborhoods have good access to public transit and somewhat mixed housing costs. Here, that’s not the case. Of the 38 WalkUPs, only one received a platinum rating for social equity. Relative to the region’s other WalkUPs, East Jefferson, in North Oak Cliff, performed best. Just four (Baylor University Medical Center in Old East Dallas, Magnolia/Fairmount in Fort Worth, the Bishop Arts District, and Lower Greenville) received a gold rating. That leaves a whole mess of development in the silver range, and two dipping into copper. Meaning prices are high and access to public transportation is poor.

“My personal interpretation would be there’s something going on here—in terms of how housing and transportation are regulated and organized—that is a social problem,” says Tracy Loh, a senior data scientist with the center.

Several mayoral candidates have made displacement and transit access a key piece of their campaign platforms. But outside of lobbying our elected officials to make policy changes, how can the city produce more equitable urban development? It’s easy to imagine shadowy New York-based real estate investment trusts shoving high-dollar developments in every neighborhood that’s the least bit walkable to make a sure profit. But Loh says there are ways to partner with community members so that the existing community is not viewed as a commodity.

“There’s a need for leadership and there’s a need for leadership to be well-capitalized,” she says. “When you hear about a success story in these environments, it’s never, ‘We all just wanted to do the right thing.’ It’s, ‘We got organized, and we raised half a billion dollars.’”

The study identifies potential for more walkable urban areas across DFW. In Dallas, it pegs Fair Park, Zoo Park, Lake Cliff, and the DART Royal Lane Station. Getting there will take key improvements in the city’s transportation ecosystem.

“You have continued to sprawl more and more toward the fringe,” says Leinberger. “That fringe is 40 miles from downtown Dallas. Folks that live around Fair Park and south have a choice to either not participate in society or drive horrendous distances at great financial cost.”

And then there are the areas that have succeeded in becoming walkable economic machines but lag behind in the measures used to identify equity. In grouping the 38 WalkUPs into economic tiers, the study considers metrics like asking rent per square foot, place-level gross regional product, and total jobs per acre. So let’s take Preston Center, the study’s only platinum economic rating. When it comes to social equity, it’s one of the two worst WalkUPs in the region, receiving a copper rating alongside Southlake Town Center.

Fixing that calls for creativity. Leinberger suggests inclusionary zoning, requiring 15 percent of all new housing units meet the federal standard for subsidized housing projects. Without diving into the way its calculated, a family making $61,760 a year in DFW would spend $1,544 a month in rent on what would be considered affordable housing. Leinberger also suggests developing public land for use toward cheaper units. And he suggests working toward a goal in which everyone employed in the city center would be able to afford living there.

The zoning around Preston Center is a particularly hot-button issue, one that drew former mayor Laura Miller out of public office retirement for a City Council run. (She’ll debate sitting Councilwoman Jennifer Staubach Gates about the neighborhood and more later this month.)

Above all, making equitable changes in Preston Center starts with willingness, same as anywhere, says Leinberger.

“For Dallas, this is one of those fat and dumb situations. You’re fat and dumb,” he says.

Conventional wisdom would be not to change anything. But the economy is beginning to demand walkable urban places. He points to Amazon’s prioritization of walkable urban space in its pursuit of a home for its HQ2.

“Nobody’s saying that Dallas should forego the car, forego single-family housing, forego regional malls,” he says. “We’re just saying add more arrows to the quiver.”

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Firefighters battle 3-alarm blaze at Texas apartment complex

DALLAS, Texas (KWTX) Firefighters endured bitterly cold temperatures early Monday as they battled a three-alarm blaze at a Dallas apartment complex.

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Crews arrived at around 5:30 a.m. Monday at the complex on Holly Hill Drive near Greenville Avenue.

The fire quickly went from one to three alarms as flames and smoke shot from some of the buildings.

About 70 firefighters battled the flames.

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New downtown Dallas apartment high-rise includes affordable units

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Developers plan to break ground soon on a high-rise apartment project on downtown Dallas’ eastern edge that will provide affordable housing.

Real estate firm Matthews Southwest plans to construct the apartment tower at 2400 Bryan Street next door to the historic Dallas High School building.

The 15-story building will have about 230 apartments, with more than 100 of the units reserved for below-market rents. Residents in the planned project would have to earn between 30 percent and 60 percent of the area’s median household income to qualify for the affordable rental units.

A parking garage and almost 10,000 square feet of retail are also planned for building, which overlooks the U.S. Highway 75 overpass.

Architect Perkins + Will designed the angular building along DART’s rail line with a concrete, brick and glass exterior. Matthews Southwest filed building permits for more than 448,500 square feet of construction valued at almost $49.4 million.

The same developer completed a $50 million restoration of the 1907 Dallas High School next door at Pearl and Bryan streets. Matthews Southwest also developed the downtown Omni Dallas convention hotel, which opened in 2011.

Part of the new apartment project will be funded with low-income housing tax credits from the state of Texas.

"We expect to close with our tax credit investor and financing and provide the notice to proceed to our general contractor in early to mid-April," developer Jack Matthews said in an email. "There will be 18 months of construction to get our first units occupied in fourth-quarter 2020."

The 15-story 2400 Bryan project will include apartments and retail.

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Mediation scheduled for Ford, Reagor-Dykes in Dallas

Last week, Judge Robert Jones ordered Ford to attend the mediation with Reagor-Dykes. It has now been set for Monday, Feb. 25 and Tuesday, Feb. 26 in Dallas.

During last week’s hearing, Reagor-Dykes attorney Marcus Helt told Judge Jones that current partner Rick Dykes has agreed to remove himself from all involvement in any plan moving forward. Helt also voiced frustration for the more than 900 consumer issues with tax, title and licenses still to be resolved, although he did agree there were extenuating circumstances like the recent government shutdown that impacted the process. He was hopeful mediation could be the answer.

Ford Motor Credit attorney Don Cram then spoke with Judge Jones, telling the court Ford had not received a detailed proposal until Wednesday, and that they were studying it. “We are considering the latest proposal and if my client deems it has legs we might be interested, however we oppose any mediation at this point.”

Jones sided with Reagor-Dykes in demanding Ford Motor Credit come to the table, ordering them to attend and participate in mediation. “I want resolving consumer issues to be a priority in this mediation,” Jones told the court.

Tuesday afternoon KCBD learned Marc McDougal and representatives of the McDougal Group will not be at the meeting, saying there was ‘no reason’ to attend.

An emergency hearing was held Tuesday in Judge Jones’ court to discuss an issue brought by Lubbock’s AimBank, but no decision was made. Jones ruled the Tuesday hearing will be discussed in further detail during the next scheduled hearing, set for Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 1:30 p.m.

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Residents Pushed Out of East Dallas Apartment Complex Given More Time to Find New Home

Residents Booted From Apartment Complex Granted ExtensionTenants at an Old East Dallas apartment complex were supposed to move out on Sunday, but have now been given more time to find a new home. (Published Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019)

Tenants at an Old East Dallas apartment complex were supposed to move out on Sunday, but have been given more time to find a new home.

Residents at the Bryan Song Apartments were given notices on Dec. 10 that they had to be out of the complex by Feb. 10.

However, residents said they now have about two extra months to move out.

The Bryan Song Apartments are being torn down to make room for a new, high-end development.

Fewer couples may be inclined to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, but those who do are slated to break the bank wooing their significant other come Feb. 14.

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Many residents were moving out of the apartments Sunday when NBC 5 stopped by the complex.

Chirstyal Rogers said she has lived at the apartment for about a year and a half.

Rogers said most of the tenants are either low-income or have federal housing vouchers.

She said she was relieved to have more time to move out, but said she still didn’t know where she was going to live next.

"I feel wonderful about it, because if not, a lot of people would be displaced right now," Rogers said.

Rogers also said she wished she had more money to help her relocate.

A surveillance video released by a transit authority in Cleveland shows a man stepping off a train to smoke a cigarette and then frantically chasing after it when it leaves the station with his baby on board.

(Published Friday, Feb. 8, 2019)

According to her, residents would receive $500 if they move out by April 1 and $250 if they move out later.

She said she was working with the Texas Tenant’s Association to try to get a bill in place to change current laws.

"I’m at least trying to get it where it’s at least 180 days notice, or at least $2,000 compensation before a person is uprooted from where they live," Rogers said.

NBC 5 reached out the development company who bought the complex, and had not heard back as of 5 p.m. Sunday.

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Mediterranean Estate In Dallas Includes Stunning Pool Area

DALLAS, TX — A massive kitchen, separate guest area, and three fireplaces are just some of the features included in this beautiful 8,223 square foot estate in North Dallas. The home was built in 1999 and is on the market for $2.3 million. Learn more about the listing below.

Price: $2,350,000Square Feet: 8,223Bedrooms: 4Bathrooms: 4 full and 3 half bathsBuilt: 1999Features: This idyllic Preston Hollow estate is situated on a double lot measuring .765 of an acre and offers a private entertainment oasis just minutes from city life. Featuring approximately 8, 223 SF with separate guest quarters (offering an add’l 585 SF) and a backyard paradise complete with resort style pool, 16 seat hot tub, custom putting green, large yard and bar. This custom home has been extensively updated with a master down, phenomenal master bath and closet, secondary master suite upstairs, media room, study, game room, 3 living areas, 3 fireplaces and an open floor plan that flows seamlessly from indoors to out.

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Even after federal shutdown, Dallas housing voucher holders and landlords live in uncertainty

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Housing advocates expressed relief Friday after President Donald Trump agreed to reopen the government for three weeks, potentially averting a crisis for programs that help low-income families make rent.

Dallas-area landlords and others had warned this week that a prolonged shutdown would cause funding to dry up for housing programs that support seniors, veterans, disabled people and other vulnerable tenants.

Still, uncertainty remains about whether the Housing and Urban Development Department will have enough time to renew hundreds of contracts with landlords by Feb. 15 — and whether lawmakers will provide the funding to back them.

The big question, said Texas Tenants’ Union Executive Director Sandy Rollins, is: “Can you fit more than a month of work in a three-week period?”

As of early Friday, HUD was set to run out of money for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, or Section 8, by March. The agency’s top rental assistance program helps tenants cover rent at any private property where the landlord accepts government vouchers.

A spokeswoman for the Dallas Housing Authority, a public housing agency that receives federal money to administer vouchers, said the temporary end of the shutdown doesn’t fix anything — at least until HUD reopens and gives guidance about where everything stands.

Diane Yentel, president of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, said three weeks isn’t enough time for the feds to catch up on their work, or for landlords to have “any real assurance” that the government will pay its bills the following month. In a prepared statement, she urged the Trump administration and lawmakers to immediately pass housing funds for another year.

“Only with full-year spending bills will low-income renters have the security they deserve, and will the programs that serve them have the assurance of the long-term funding they need to properly function,” Yentel said.

Trump vowed before and during the shutdown, which began Dec. 22, that he wouldn’t sign any spending measure that failed to fund a border wall with Mexico — a prominent campaign promise that he has cast as a matter of national security. On Friday, Trump threatened to invoke emergency powers to move ahead with wall construction if lawmakers don’t provide funds by Feb. 15.

‘Not panicked’

Among those served by HUD, the people first in line to feel the pinch were landlords who have contracts to provide housing for seniors and disabled residents.

During the shutdown, the feds weren’t able to renew contracts with landlords who receive federal subsidies for housing eligible tenants.

Three of those contracts in the Dallas area expired on New Year’s Eve, though at least one of those landlords got a renewal with funding before the shutdown began. Seven other agreements were set to run out by next week or the end of February, according to data compiled by the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

About 450 units are covered by those contracts. Among them are Umphress Terrace in Pleasant Grove and three complexes managed by Plano Community Homes — all senior communities.

Under the contracts, tenants pay a portion of their rent based on their income and the federal housing program pays the balance directly to the landlord.

HUD had asked landlords to use their reserve funds to cover rental costs until the government reopened, according to a Jan. 4 memo obtained by The Washington Post. The department promised reimbursement after the record shutdown ended.

CC Young, the faith-based nonprofit that operates the 53-unit Umphress Terrace, said Thursday that it wasn’t imperiled even though its HUD contract was set to expire next week.

“We were in touch with HUD about the annual renewal before the shutdown and do not anticipate any issues going forward,” said Jennifer Griffin, CC Young’s communications director.

A HUD contract with Fairoaks of Denton — a 40-unit senior housing complex under nonprofit Plano Community Home Sponsor Inc. — expired Dec. 31, but a new agreement was processed before the shutdown, said Lee Ann Hubanks, the nonprofit’s president. The new agreement secured funds for that property.

However, two other communities managed by the Plano group have contracts set to expire at the end of February. Hubanks said Friday that HUD had already agreed to renew those contracts, but she’s not clear whether the federal agency will be able to obtain the funds in the next three weeks to make payments in March and afterward.

No tenants will be evicted because of government delays, Hubanks said. If another shutdown begins and no federal payments come, the nonprofit plans to dip into its savings.

“I absolutely will follow through and make sure that everything gets taken care of properly, but I’m not panicked over it,” Hubanks said Friday afternoon.

Castleglen Apartments in Garland, a 39-unit senior community run by Volunteers of America, has a HUD contract that expires next week, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition. The property manager didn’t return a message seeking comment Thursday.

Tenants in these complexes might have an advantage over participants in other rental assistance programs. HUD-subsidized properties dedicated to seniors and disabled residents are usually “extremely reluctant to displace tenants for government failure” because they’re owned by nonprofits, according to the National Housing Law Project, a San Francisco-based advocacy group.

Voucher holders

For now, the next few months look hazy for Section 8 voucher holders.

"I believe it’s a test, and they’re just playing with everyone," voucher holder Odette Edwards said Friday, a few minutes after Trump reopened the government. "A test to see how people will react. And I’m scared. Because this is a stressful moment.”

For a decade, Edwards was a resident in the Bryan Song Apartments in Old East Dallas. She was recently forced to move for the complex’s high-end makeover.

Since the shutdown began in late December, Edwards has told fellow voucher-holders to keep paying their share of rent. She repeatedly reminded them that HUD will eventually pay landlords, and landlords know this.

She said she’s glad the shutdown has come to an end. But concerned, too, that relief might not last.

“OK, you got three more weeks,” she said. “Then what? You’re sitting in the White House; your family is well taken care of. But you got people out here needing help.”

Tenants on vouchers, she said, “all feel like we’re caught in the middle, and everyone is trying to figure out their next step.”

In 2013, the median income of a voucher-assisted household was just over $10,000 per year, per HUD statistics. About 2.2 million households nationwide and nearly 150,000 Texas families rely on Section 8 vouchers, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a policy research group.

Thousands of public housing agencies across the country, including the Dallas Housing Authority, receive money from HUD to administer the voucher program.

Not enough reserves

In Garland, more than 1,500 families use the vouchers for apartments with 750 landlords, said Steve Fitch, executive director of Garland Housing Authority. The authority’s portion of the rent paid to landlords is $900,000 a month, but the agency only has about $100,000 in reserves — not enough to meet even one month of needs if necessary.

“I’m not about to pick and choose which landlord gets paid and which one doesn’t,” Fitch said Friday morning before Trump announced the shutdown’s end.

Some affordable housing advocates feared a prolonged shutdown could have led to landlords charging tenants the full rent to replace the loss of federal funds.

Rollins, of the Texas Tenants’ Union, said some landlords in other states had already started giving tenants notice that they owed market rent for their units.

Fitch said landlords can’t force tenants to pay more than their share under the voucher program or evict tenants because of government delays. But Fitch didn’t rule out the possibility of landlords going to court if they don’t get paid.

Rollins also said the federal shutdown made low-income families even more vulnerable by discouraging landlords from participating in the voucher program, which is voluntary in Texas and is often criticized as a bureaucratic hassle.

Looking to springtime

Another organization that felt anxious about the shutdown was Catholic Charities of Dallas, which runs St. Jude Center in northwest Dallas, a $6 million facility carved out of a former assisted-living facility.

Funded, in part, with city and county dollars, St. Jude Center houses 104 units for the homeless ages 55 and older. Tenants there have their rents subsidized using project-based vouchers — that is, vouchers that pay for units in specific properties rather than for the people who live in those units.

St. Jude faced trouble from the moment it opened its doors: DHA had hoped to provide the vouchers needed to fill the facility. But when the agency hit a budget shortfall due to rising rents in the area, leadership said, Catholic Charities was forced to ask the city, county and area nonprofits to pick up the slack. They did — but with the understanding that the feds would help by spring.

“It’s about to be a mess if Washington doesn’t get it together,” Dave Woodyard, CEO of Catholic Charities of Dallas, said Thursday, before the shutdown ended. “We are meeting with various folks [at the] city and county and private to stay ahead of this as best we can.”

Woodyard couldn’t be reached for comment late Friday afternoon.

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French-Inspired Estate Is A Must-Visit In Dallas

DALLAS, TX — A large ornate kitchen, media room, and spacious outdoor entertainment are just a few of the features packed into this huge, 8,204 square foot home that hit the market Thursday. The home was built in 2008 and is going for $3.3 million. Learn more about the listing below.

Price: $3,380,000 Square Feet: 8,204 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5 full and 2 half baths Built: 2008 Features: Fabulous French inspired custom estate on .75 acres with mature trees and spectacular grounds. Electronic iron gate entry to the driveway and 3 car garage. Floor plan is meticulously arranged for entertaining and family living. Hand-scraped hardwood flooring throughout. Large kitchen offers two sinks, double oven, SS appliances and 6 burner gas stove & grill. Formal Study, wet bar with adjacent chilled wine cellar, 8 seat Media Room down. Huge Game room & kitchenette, exercise, and craft bonus rooms upstairs. Outdoor covered living area and grill has electronic phantom screens and vistas of the back yard, large pool and spa. Floored attic provides abundant storage. Home is Elevator ready.

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Dallas Lines Up Developers To Help Create Affordable Housing, But It Will Still Be A Tough Slog

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Dallas has a steep shortage of affordable and workforce housing, and there is no consensus about whether the city’s latest efforts — including this week tapping 12 private developers as potential partners in the creation of affordable housing — will put a dent in the problem.

According to the city, there is a 20,000-unit shortage of affordable homes and apartments, and market-rate housing is being built twice as fast as housing for low-income residents.

"Every unit of housing that came online in Dallas in 2017, for instance, was upscale and luxury," CitySquare CEO Larry James said. "The combination of increasing production, material and labor costs has resulted in a market that isn’t friendly to affordable and workforce housing."

The adverse economics of affordable housing helps account for the fact that such housing is in short supply even in a nonunion, business-friendly place like Texas, just as much as in California or New York.

"While there’s a huge demand for affordable and workforce housing in the city, I suspect that whatever is being produced is outside the city limits of Dallas," James said. "It’s a real challenge for us all."

City of Dallas Assistant Director of Housing & Neighborhood Revitalization Maureen Milligan is more optimistic about the outlook for affordable and workforce housing in Dallas.

"We’re cautiously optimistic," Milligan said. "The comprehensive housing policy represents a great stride. It removes a lot [of] uncertainty about the city’s affordable housing policy."

The city is in the process of awarding $20M in federal and city funds to create housing, some of which will target workforce housing, Milligan said.

The partnership program is also intended to boost housing stock. When (and if) selected for a particular project, one of the 12 partner companies will work with the Dallas Housing Authority to redevelop one of seven of its properties that encompass 650 housing units, or on another affordable housing project.

"The Dallas Housing Authority is seeking proposals from private sector partners to redevelop affordable housing, which is a very positive step forward," The Michaels Organization Regional Vice President of Development Joe Weatherly said.

"Between the low-income housing tax credit and HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration program, now is a good time for the authority to be working with private sector partners to transform their vision for affordable housing into reality."

The Michaels Organization is one of the 12 developers named as a potential partner. The selection process began last summer, when the city kicked off efforts to expand its existing affordable housing stock after the Dallas City Council’s enactment of a comprehensive housing policy.

The other developers are Amtex Multi-Housing, Carleton Development, Fairfield Residential, Matthews Southwest, McCormack Baron Salazar, Ojala Partners, Steele Properties, The NRP Group, Trammell Crow, Volunteers of America National Services and the combined team of DFW Advisors, KRR Construction and Michael R. Coker Co.

The first project DHA is redeveloping will be the former Brooks Manor site in Oak Cliff/District 1, a former assisted living property. The agency is seeking to redevelop the property to include both market-rate and subsidized rental housing. As yet, none of the developers has been selected for the project.

The developer selected for Brooks Manor will also have an opportunity to redevelop the Cliff Manor site, which is also in Oak Cliff/District 1. Cliff Manor is fully occupied, meaning the residents (seniors and persons with disabilities) will be relocated prior to redevelopment.

Opportunity zones might also eventually be a tool to create affordable housing.

"There are 17 such zones in Dallas County, and this program can be used to create housing as well as other needed infrastructure," Weatherly said.

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Dallas Housing Authority taps a dozen property firms for redevelopment plans

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Dallas’ public housing agency has selected a dozen real estate companies to help redevelop some of its aging properties.

In June the Dallas Housing Authority said it was seeking proposals from developers to come up with new uses for seven of its properties spread around town.

The properties – mostly in Southern and Central Dallas – total 146 acres and now have 650 housing units.

The housing authority said the initial group of firms it will work with on proposals to redevelop the properties include AMTEX Multi-Housing, Carleton Development, Fairfield Residential, Matthews Southwest, McCormack Baron Salazar, Michaels Development Co., Ojala Partners, Steele Properties, The NRP Group, Trammell Crow Co., Volunteers of America National Services and the combined team of DFW Advisors, KRR Construction and Michael R. Coker Co.

"We appreciate the willingness of these leading developers to form a public-private partnership to create more affordable housing across North Texas," Troy Broussard, president and chief executive officer for Dallas Housing Authority, said in a statement. "Our goal is to increase the amount of much needed affordable housing across the communities we serve.

"We look forward to working with this network of premier developers to generate fresh ideas for accomplishing this goal," he said. "We can deliver better housing solutions by working together."

The housing agency said additional developers will be vetted and added to the roster of private sector partners.

Dallas Housing Authority has not selected which developers will handle individual projects yet.

But the agency said the first site it plans to rebuild will be the almost 7-acre the former Brooks Manor site at 630 S. Llewellyn St. in Oak Cliff. The vacant property is zoned for retirement housing.

The company that is picked to develop the Brooks Manor site will also have an opportunity to redevelop the Cliff Manor property at 2424 Fort Worth Avenue in Oak Cliff, the housing agency said.

"I am pleased to see that the Brooks Manor and Cliff Manor public housing communities will be redeveloped by DHA with both market and subsidized rental housing so that these properties can better serve the community," Scott Griggs, City of Dallas Councilman for the district, said in a statement. "As we continue to address poverty across our great city, ensuring our citizens have access to safe, decent affordable housing is key."

Also on the housing authority’s list for new development are prime prosperities in Dallas’ Uptown and Oak Lawn neighborhoods.

That includes the Little Mexico Village community on Harry Hines Boulevard in Uptown and the Cedar Springs Place apartments between Maple Avenue and Cedar Springs Road in Oak Lawn.

The Dallas Housing Authority last summer said it is hoping to parlay the funds generated by its redevelopment strategy to build more much-needed affordable housing.

"We have identified several land holdings we have control of that are part of our five-year plan for redevelopment," Broussard said when he announced the program in June. "Some of it may not be an outright sale.

"Some of it might be partnership where we are a co-developer."

The cadre of property firms the Dallas Housing Authority has put on its list includes several major North Texas apartment and mixed-use development firms.

Carleton Development, Fairfield Residential, Matthews Southwest and Trammell Crow Co. are best know for their multi-family housing and redevelopment projects.

DHA execs have warned that it may take a while to kick off the redevelopments, because of federal approval processes, meetings with the community and financing.

The agency owns nearly 3,900 public housing units in total as part of its housing program.

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