City of Dallas establishes “1,000 Unit Housing Challenge” to create mixed-income, transit-friendly housing f or underserved residents

DALLAS – The Dallas City Council unanimously approved a “1,000 Unit Housing Challenge” as part of the City’s post-COVID-19 economic recovery efforts. The new housing units will be aimed towards mixed-income residents with a focus on proximity to DART light rail stations.

“After a year of uncertainty for many Dallas residents, we are excited to launch this initiative, to provide housing to those who need them most,” said Housing & Neighborhood Revitalization Director David Noguera. “These hand-picked sites are the perfect locations for residents to be able to be able to access our public transportation system and engage with their community.”

The Department of Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization received proposals for three different potential housing sites – all on City-owned land – that are larger than ½ acre, within half a mile of a DART station and are currently vacant or underutilized. Sites selected for development include:

  • 3015 Al Lipscomb Way—a two-acre site in South Dallas near the MLK Jr. DART rail station.
  • 6601 S. Lancaster Road—a 10-acre site near the University of North Texas at Dallas campus.
  • 4515 S. Lancaster Road—a 7.5-acre site located across from the Dallas VA Medical Center

“This shows the complexity of the different offices that have come together to work on this to reduce automobile trips and greenhouse gas emissions; increase mixed-income housing and affordable job access; and increase our tax base and efficient use of existing infrastructure,“ said Chad West, District 1 Council Member. “There are so many acres of underutilized or unused land that the City is sitting on, I’m glad to see some of those acres activated.”

In the Dallas City Council meeting Wednesday, the council authorized negotiations with developers Lavoro Acquisition, L.L.C.; Brinshore Development, L.L.C.; and Innovan Neighborhoods Consulting, L.L.C. for the challenge.

“This is the perfect example to show the community we are taking action in terms of advancing economic development and equity,” said Carolyn King Arnold, District 4 Council Member.

The City will collaborate with developers over the next several months to rezone the sites as needed, work with the community and assemble appropriate financing.