Low-income housing ‘different than it’s ever been done before’

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A new apartment complex for low-income families opened near Wynnewood Village recently, but it’s not the Section 8 you’re used to.

City Councilman Scott Griggs set a goal of replacing the sprawling low-income housing near Wynnewood without displacing anyone, while also improving the neighborhood.

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The $26-million High Point Family, with its fountain pool, workout center, parking garage, computer lab and upscale building materials, is his answer to that

It’s a housing project “different than it’s ever been done before,” Griggs says.

“There’s no difference between this project and a market-rate project, and that was our goal because everyone deserves decent and dignified living conditions,” he says.

The four-story complex, on Zang at Louisiana/Wynnewood, has 160 units on four acres. It is a sibling of High Point Senior Living, which opened in December 2013 on Zang at Pratt.

It’s taken six years to move the project from idea to reality, with a private/public partnership between the City of Dallas, the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, surrounding neighborhoods, Central Dallas Community Development Corp. and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

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Buckner Children and Family Services provides support to residents with an office onsite.

Mayor Mike Rawlings says housing is an important piece of improving education in Dallas.

“These kids will do better in school if they’ve got great housing,” he said during a grand opening this week.

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  • lakewoodhobo

    Please explain. I actually love Oak Cliff and I want Wynnewood Village to be an economic engine and anchor for the area. What is it about this that’s the opposite of what you think most Oak Cliff residents want?

  • grannybunny

    You must hate Oak Cliff, judging from your comments, which are the opposite of what most of us Oak Cliff residents want.

  • lakewoodhobo

    Solving the Wynnewood Village problem will require unlocking the value of surrounding land, and this project is an important piece of that puzzle. Let’s hope phase 3 isn’t too far down the road so that good/experienced developers can get in there and force the Wynnewood Village owners to fix that dump or sell it.