The year 2013 was a dynamic one in the Town of Flower Mound.
In January, Flower Mound hired a new manager, Jimmy Statathos, and we began a new chapter in our Town.
For many years, Flower Mound has been ranked by Money Magazine as one of the top 100 places to live in America. However we have garnered a reputation of perhaps being somewhat difficult to work with; in 2012 we set about to address this problem.
Flower Mound leaders continue to have high standards, we continue to adhere to our long-range plan of balanced growth, but if you work with Flower Mound today it is a new world.
The process has become much more efficient and streamlined. If you were to ask just about anyone who has done business with our town in the last year, they would say: it’s tough, yet fair; it’s helpful and the amount of time to get projects completed has been greatly reduced.
The results have been overwhelming. In the last year, three large projects, Lakeside DFW, The River Walk and Canyon Falls– all projects that have been on the drawing board for years and years, projects that when completed will each be valued at almost one billion dollars a piece– all began moving full-steam in 2013.
Lakeside DFW is a large, mixed-use development that will rival the Shops at Legacy. With more than a million-square-feet of retail space, 2200 residences, and an abundance of office space, it will be one of the Premier Developments in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.
Although only five-minutes from the DFW airport, it has one asset that is unique and separates it from many other mixed-use projects in North Texas; it sits on the eastern shore of Lake Grapevine.
In the near future, visitors will be able to choose to dine at either a four-star restaurant or a casual dining spot on a patio, while watching the sun setting on Lake Grapevine as a backdrop. Lakeside DFW is designed to be a one-of-a-kind development in the Metroplex.
In addition, in the center of Flower Mound, The River Walk—and it is just that … a one-mile river being constructed with residential on one side and eateries and entertainment on the other—is under construction. The actual “river walk” is set to be completed this year and, as part of this development, there will be a 3,000-seat amphitheater programmed with professional concerts, a Wedding Chapel on a hill and numerous art and fountains throughout. Visitors often ask where is downtown Flower Mound; this will be it.
In the western part of town, Canyon Falls is a large master-planned community that will have commercial components and beautiful homes along a soon-to-be six-lane FM 1171. It is making steady progress and will be a wonderful addition to Flower Mound.
In 2013, town residents also witnessed the opening of Market Street, Academy Sporting Goods and the Cross Timbers Village shopping center.
In addition, our town of 70,000 added almost 1,000 jobs in 2013. So, the question becomes– can 2014 get any better? Well, stay tuned. Many large projects, things our residents have been requesting for years and years, will be coming to fruition this year.
From the interest we are receiving, the announcements in 2014 will be off-the-charts. With the number of inquiries for corporate relocations, we are likely to double the number of jobs that were added in 2013.
Lastly, great accomplishments occur when a group of people work together for a common goal. I would really like to thank everyone on Town Council– Steve Dixon, Jean Levenick, Mark Wise, Bryan Webb and Mike Walker– as well as the town staff, for making 2013 a great year. As a collaborating team we have been able to accomplish great things for Flower Mound and 2014 looks even rosier.
Flower Mound is really becoming “the place to be” in the Metroplex.