DALLAS — City officials say homeowners may be the key to revitalizing Dallas’ South Oak Cliff neighborhood.
Tuesday, the city celebrated the closing of the first of 50 homes in South Dallas built on a once tax delinquent lot.
“We have kind of been shacked up in a two bedroom apartment for a long time," said Tara Coleman, a first time homeowner. "So, we are ready to move."
Coleman and her two nieces and nephew move in a few weeks.
Developer RPL Properties bought the lots from the Dallas Urban Land Bank. Through an assistance program, the bank is offering as much as $10,000 in down payment assistance for each homebuyer.
“It is our responsibility to come back in and recapture that love and that neighborhood, get out the bad stuff and bring back in the good stuff,” said Dwaine Caraway, council member for District Four.
The homes have either three or four bedrooms and range in price from $99,000 to $125,000.
The city hopes by adding homeowners to an area that has traditionally struggled it will slowly change the feel of the neighborhood. A transformation Coleman says she's excited to be a part of.
“I just think that having new homes in this neighborhood will hopefully get everyone to come together as a community and want to uplift everyone and bring up the values of their properties," she said.
Pat Douglas, Hopkins Realty and Associates