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New Mesquite community will include thousands of homes

A new community planned for Mesquite will bring almost 4,000 homes.

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Dallas-based developer Huffines Communities is building the more than 1,400-acre Solterra community southwest of East Cartwright Road, two miles east of Interstate 635.

The new residential development is on part of the historic Lucas family farm.

Mesquite’s city council recently approved zoning for the $1.6 billion project, which Huffines Communities says will be the largest development in city history.

New homes in the project will start from $280,000 and range up to the high $400,000s.

“This is one of the biggest projects we’ve done, and we’re thrilled to make this a wonderful place to live and play as the home building market continues to sizzle,” Donald Huffines, co-owner at Huffines Communities, said in a statement. “Mesquite continues to see explosive growth, and Solterra will meet this demand with quality homes reminiscent of the quiet comfort of small-town living complete with community-centered amenities.”

Mesquite has been working for years with developers to plan what is one of the biggest undeveloped areas of the city.

The property is located about 11 miles from downtown Dallas and was once the family home and farm for Faithon P. Lucas, who owned the popular Lucas B&B restaurants in Dallas and sold produce and food products from the farm.

To honor the property’s heritage, Huffines Communities plans to include crops and livestock at Solterra and restore the pecan groves, orchards and pasture areas.

A new 27-acre lake will include a fishing hole with a deck.

Solterra will include a resort-style pool complex and miles of bike and hiking trails. A community amenity center will house a coffee shop, gathering rooms with lounge seating and offices with covered balconies.

There will also be fitness and a restaurant.

The first 650 to 750 Solterra home

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Mesquite City Council approves expanded road improvements in two neighborhoods

Those living in the Quail Hollow and Town East Estates neighborhoods are the next Mesquite residents to have their streets designated for road repairs.

The Mesquite City Council approved two separate contracts at a Monday night meeting, clearing the way for localized concrete repair on streets, sidewalks, gutters and curbs. The work will begin as soon as next month.

Commissioner John Wiley Price, seen at a meeting March 19, 2020 in Dallas, is seeking re-election to a post he has held since 1985.

The council approved a $1.4 million contract with KIK Underground, LLC for the Quail Hollow project, which is expected to take six months. It also approved a $4.15 million contract with HQS Construction, LLC for the larger Town East Estates project, which is expected to take around a year.

“Quality streets in our neighborhoods is vital to maintaining community pride and curbside appeal of our housing stock,” Mesquite Mayor Bruce Archer said in a statement. “The City Council is committed to repairing as many residential streets as possible, as quickly as we can. Improving streets also improves neighborhood vitality.”

He said the council is aware that there are still several neighborhoods that need repairs and the city is working as fast as it can to get to them.

Road work is already in progress on six miles of road in the area south of South Parkway and east of Peachtree Road. Those projects, and the pair that was recently approved, are part of the city’s ongoing Real Texas Roads bond program, approved by voters in November 2015. That program has resulted in improvements on 33 miles of two-lane residential roads, according to the City of Mesquite.

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