Home construction set to start at historic Plano farm




Posted on June 7, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 7 at 10:17 PM

PLANO - It's a reminder of the way life used to be in Plano, open pastures and livestock nestled in the hustle and bustle of the big city.

Last year, WFAA reported about a plan to turn much of the century-old Haggard Farm into homes. Now, the shovel is about to hit the dirt near Custer Road and West Park Boulevard.

The wood stakes are up. A member of the Haggard family says if the weather holds up, construction should start here next week.

The Haggard family call it bittersweet. Neighbors call it disappointing. The Haggard Farm showed off a rich piece of Plano's agricultural past in the middle of suburbia.

Surrounded by neighborhoods, the working farm always seemed to preserve the way it was back then.

"People come by and look at the cattle, the llamas, like people from up north that have never lived out in the country,” said Mary Baze, who lives across from the farm.”

Pennsylvania home builder The Toll Brothers plans to build 200 luxury homes, starting at $400,000 along the northern half of the farm.

“I’m angry,” Baze said. “I see no point to them selling it in the first place."

The first signs of new construction brought out a wide range of emotions along Baffin Bay Drive. 

Rachel Luse's parents moved to a house on Baffin Bay 16 years ago, when she was two years old. 

"They chose it just because it wasn't in a busy neighborhood in a busy area,” Luse said. “And it was right across the street from a farm. It was quiet at night with pretty stars and not a lot of lights."

As Plano grew, the old farm became prime real estate. Developers made the Haggards lucrative offers to buy the land, but the Haggards never sold. That changed last year.

"It's very sad and disappointing," said Plano resident Julianne Lee. “And we hate to see large two-story homes, no matter how nice they are."

Rodney Haggard, the great grandson of the original owners, said it's bittersweet. He said for him, selling a big hunk of the farm is like losing part of the family.