ARGYLE –– A North Texas developer hopes that a forthcoming master-planned development will bring more than 3,000 homes to Argyle while providing 10,000 meals to partners of the North Texas Food Bank.
Hillwood Communities, the Dallas-based company responsible for the American Airlines Center, announced the partnership with the food bank on Tuesday afternoon. Located at the northwest corner of Interstate 35W and FM 407, the so-called Harvest mixed use development will consist of 3,200 homes and will be built around sustainable farming.
“It is certainly unique in Texas, especially for a modern community,” said Ross Perot Jr., the Chairman of Hillwood. “If you go back to Williamsburg go back to the founding of the country everybody would have a little garden in their back yard.”
The garden Hillwood has in mind is a bit bigger –– they’ve tapped Rocky Tassione of Stephenville’s Tassione Farms to be the development’s onsite farmer. He’ll also help residents learn techniques they can apply to their own gardens.
“I have not seen anything like this project anywhere,” Tassione said. "We have had great success by growing locally, the demand for local food has just exploded, there is a lot of demand for local food.”
The homes in Harvest will be built by David Weekley Homes, Plantation and Highland Homes. They’ll go for between $200,000 and $400,000. Hillwood closed on the land in December 2011 –– the development should have 323 homes ready for purchase by spring 2014. The North Texas Food Bank, meanwhile, hopes to have organic produce grown at the development available in time for Thanksgiving of next year.
The Perot family has a history with the food bank. In fact, Perot Jr.’s aunt donated the space where the NTFB remains headquartered.
“There is such beauty in this partnership because of the legacy tie-in with the Perot Family and the North Texas Food Bank,” said Jan Pruitt, president and CEO of the NTFB. “We now have the fourth generation of the Perot family stepping up to ensure food is not an obstacle to a person’s success in life. We are deeply grateful.”
The 1,150-acre development will also feature a greenhouse, drip irrigation, a man-made lake, an amphitheater, community center and parks. The food bank supplies donations to 262 agencies in 13 North Texas counties.