A single-family development is being proposed for a site on Highland Road previously occupied by a mobile home park. Developer Jim Moore is requesting approval for a shared access site plan showing 26 single-family homes. The 4.16-acre lot is currently zoned for single-family development, but the size of the site is limited to 22 homes under the current ordinance.

Fifteen years ago, the site was a mobile home park, a non-conforming use for the in-place single-family zoning. The City of Dallas and a few East Dallas homeowners brought a case to the Board of Adjustment, seeking to end the non-conforming use and give the out-of-town owner time to amortize his improvements and close the park. The board voted to require amortization and conformance to the single-family zoning. The mobile home park closed shortly thereafter and has been vacant since. Moore is buying the land from the same owner.

(Disclosure: I served on the Board of Adjustment and voted for the owner to conform to the single-family zoning.)

The site is bordered by Highland Road to the east, the Kansas City Southern railroad to the north, Tenison Glen golf course to the west and is adjacent to existing neighborhoods Forest Hills and Enclave at White Rock. It’s unique in that it will be the only residential project that shares a property line with Tenison Glen or Tenison Highlands.

Moore, a home builder for nearly 40 years in Dallas, says the homes will attract older empty nesters, as well as younger married couples. Home prices will range from $675,000 to $1 million. Sales and marketing will be done in house by Moore and his staff.

Moore built a similar shared access single-family project at Kessler Springs in Oak Cliff.

Originally heard at the May 20 Plan Commission meeting, the project was held under advisement for further neighborhood and staff review and will return to the Plan Commission on  June 17.

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