Carrollton (Denton Co.) – A 5.5-acre active senior living community was approved by the city of Carrollton Planning and Zoning Commission.
The project named The Overlook at Prestonwood was before the commission May 7 on a rezoning request to add “senior living facility” to the existing single family townhouse and local retail permitted uses. Staff recommended approval. City Council will consider the rezoning on June 9.
American Bank of Texas of Sherman, Texas is the listed owner and the application was submitted by Brian Rumsey, owner of Cross Architects in Plano. The developer is Cross Development LLC of Dallas. Cross Development primarily specializes in single tenant retail and restaurant projects for national franchises such as RaceTrac, Starbucks, Subway, and bank branches such as Chase. Titus Capital Llc is an investor and co-developer; the company focuses on urban style 100 to 300-unit multifamily projects in North Texas.
Chris Willhite of Titus Capital told commissioners the rezoning is preferable to retail because there is already sufficient retail nearby and the market has shown no interest in this site for that use. Furthermore, Willhite said demographic studies show there will be a 50 percent increase of people over 60 in the region through 2040.
“Over 15 to 20 years, this development would remain in good working order. It is our goal to own the property on a longterm basis,” Willhite said.
The property is located on the north side of Hebron Parkway and between Marsh Lane and Charles Street. It is undeveloped vacant land that neighbors a school to the east, a shopping center to the south and single family residential to the northwest.
The proposed project calls for a four-story building that would occupy much of site.
Brian Rumsey said it would have 181 units with an average square footage of 865 square feet. Distribution would be 68 percent one-bedrooms, 30 percent two-bedrooms and 2 percent three-bedrooms. As a buffering transition between the main complex and the neighborhing townhomes, there would be five two-story cottages.
There would be a total of 228 parking spaces onsite, of which 20 would been in garages and 36 would be in carports, Rumsey said. He added that the main building corridors would be air conditioned. There would be a dining hall, movie theater, business center, library and dog park, a card and game room, and a barbecue area.
The facility would have a full-time social coordinator, wellness program and optional maid service, Rumsey said.
Rumsey estimated the rent prices at about $1,300 per month for a one-bedroom, $1,650 for a two and $2,000 for a three, or between $1.60 to $1.65 per square foot.
Favorable comments on the project came from the neighboring HOA board of The Shops at Prestonwood.
Addressed to Cross Development point of contact Steve Rumsey, HOA director Michael Holigan said the board was in favor of plans “to develop an active adult, independent living (55 and better) complex on the 5.5 acre tract. This decision was reached after review of elevations, renderings and construction site plans as presented by your development team.”
Holigan owns the adjacent north tract and it’s his intent to continue developing townhomes. He told commissioners the senior living facility would help his project.
Neighboring residents were given an incentive, as one of the offered amenities is an extension by the developer of Lindale Avenue through to Marsh Lane to help alleviate neighborhood traffic congestion. Lindale Avenue is presently the length of one house, existing as an outlet to an alley opposite Haskell Drive to the west of the development.
The developer also committed to work with Dunhill Homes, the current home building in The Shops at Prestonwood, “to match the brick and steon of the senior living center to the homes that are being built.”
Cross Development will also place a decorative brick and iron fence along the mailbox line to provide a physical separation between the parking lot and Haskell Drive.
The project also received a blessing from Prestonwood Baptist Church executive pastor Mike Buster, who noted an “active adult rental complex is greatly needed in close proximity to Prestonwood due to the large number of requests our church receives from families and/or members who themselves (with elderly relatives) desire a nice place to live.”
The total square footage of the north elevation facade is 16,765 square feet; the total square footage south elevation facade is 16,600 sq. ft.; the west is 6,972 sq. ft.; the east is 6,066 sq. ft. and the courtyard is 2,799 sq. ft. Brick and stone will generally comprise two-thirds of the facade on each wall, with stucco covering the remaining third.