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Carrollton's New VitalityThe December 2010 arrival of the Green Line began a renaissance in downtown Carrollton. In the past five years, the city and private investors have injected more than $30 million into the area.
"Having downtown connected to DART's extensive light rail network is a great benefit for businesses and residents alike," Mayor Matthew Marchant said.
In 2012, the city's first public-private partnership - Union at Carrollton Square - opened. The mixed-used development features 179 apartments and the Twisted Root Burger Co.
The square now attracts residents and visitors alike to crowd-drawing events like the annual Festival at the Switchyard, and the city continues to make enhancements. This spring, public parking was relocated to create a more aesthetically pleasing environment, including a lush lawn.
Downtown growth also is attracting the attention of businesses like the popular Cane Rosso, which opened a branch of the Neapolitan-style pizza chain in the fall.
Catalyzing Growth in RowlettInvestment in the city core near Downtown Rowlett Station promises to transform it into a pulsating area, offering an abundance of shopping, dining and living options.
The $30 million Village of Rowlett will include 225 residential units and 17,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. It represents the city's conscious effort to use public transportation to catalyze growth and expansion.
"When you get off the Blue Line, you're a short walk from our downtown, and that's a resource we intend to maximize," said Jim Grabenhorst, the city's director of economic development.
In partnership with the city, the joint venture of Catalyst Urban Development LLC and The Integral Group LLC is developing the project, which is underway. A total of $24 million will come from the private sector, and the city will contribute $6 million.
Mustang Station Touts Rail Access
"Young professionals today tend to favor public transportation, and our proximity to DART Rail makes us an attractive choice," property manager Brandy Davis said.
The 256-unit apartment community, which opened Oct. 7, has heavily promoted its transit-accessible location to prospective tenants.
Farmers Branch communications director Tom Bryson said Mustang Station is one of the most exciting developments to open in the city this year.
"It will, no doubt, attract an entirely new crowd to our city," Bryson said.
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