After a long drought of activity, Dallas’ Lake Highlands Town Center development is ramping up with new development. An Austin-based builder – Argyle Residential – recently disclosed plans to build 4-story, 257-unit apartment project on the west side of White Rock Creek near Skillman Street and Walnut Hill Lane. And now plans are in the works for a 5-building, almost 60,000-square-foot shopping center that would be added to the 70-acre development. New development plans for the 8-acre retail center show a 30,000-square-foot main building with four smaller buildings ranging from new 5,000 square feet to almost 10,000 square feet each. Lake Highlands Town Center was originally planned to contain a mix of shops, restaurants, apartments and commercial space. After starting construction in 2007, the development halted during the recession and has never really recovered. A 200-unit apartment block opened last year in the project and has so far been the only completed development. More than $86 million was spent just to create the infrastructure for the big project – including $13 million from the public sector and more than $10 million from DART to build a new light rail station.
- Dallas Morning News, January 4, 2016