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Orchard Flower construction to begin soon

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A groundbreaking is set for Thursday as Dallas-based Grenadier Homes begins plans for starting construction on Orchard Flower, a 24-acre master-planned community off FM 3040 and Old Orchard Road in Flower Mound.

The development of 98 single-family homes is designed with mature homeowners in mind, according to a news release. Construction of the patio-style homes is expected to begin next summer.

The project was initially proposed as a high density complex for seniors but was voted down by the town council in 2010, according to town records. The developers returned with a single-family housing development concept in 2012.

Flower Mound Mayor Tom Hayden, who said he voted against the idea of apartments for seniors, said he has since had a change of heart, realizing the need exists in Flower Mound for seniors who do not want to own homes but would prefer to rent in their later years.

“We don’t have an opportunity like that in Flower Mound,” he said Wednesday during a telephone interview.

Hayden said he was glad to see Orchard Flower come to fruition.

“They’ve been talking about this for some time,” he said. “I’m glad that they’re finally moving forward on this project.”

The homes will feature large back porches and patios with a homeowner’s association responsible for lawn care. The development will also feature such amenities as a gated vehicle entry, walking trails, a resort-style lounging pool and a fitness/community center.

Homes will be priced in the $300,000 to $400,000 price range, according to officials with Grenadier Homes.

“We are excited about the site, as during the zoning process the citizens, planning staff and city government all wanted this property to be unique and specially planned. We are honored they modified the normal codes to allow this walkable, gated community for more mature homeowners,” said Anthony Natale, co-founder and president of Grenadier Homes.

The groundbreaking ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at 200 Flower Mound Road.

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