Village of Rowlett goes vertical: Significant progress made on 2 of project’s buildings




Construction on the Village of Rowlett has gone vertical.


It’s likely a welcomed sight for residents and city officials: Construction on the project was set to begin last October, but an environmental issue regarding a protected tree line forced a redesign that pushed back the timeline.


“They are continuing to finish up the infrastructure. A lot of that is underground with water and sewer lines,” said Jim Grabenhorst, the city’s economic development director. “They are about done with all of the underground work. They have the main portions of the public streets paved on the outside, and they are now working on all the on-street parking.”


Two of the project’s buildings are going up. Building B, a housing unit scheduled to be complete first, is being built along the backside of the property. It will feature an amenities center and leasing office.


“That is the vertical wood framing you see,” Grabenhorst said. They are looking at [finishing] in late spring, early summer on Building B.”


Building A, which fronts Main Street, now has a few concrete support columns in place. Building A will have retail components on the first level including the Rowlett Public Library. Construction crews are expected to soon begin pouring the concrete foundation.


Building A should be completed by late next summer, city officials said.


The city has a committee working on plans for the library.


Grabenhorst said the opening of Bankhead Brewing Co. has provided interested commercial brokers a place to visit to get an idea of the project’s vision.


“We are reaching out and have had some interest,” he said. “We are really focused on unique destination restaurants that may have one or two other restaurants. Our focus is not on national ones that are in every community.


“We want to create a unique destination for Rowlett.”


Buildings C and D are expected to come online as they get closer to finishing Buildings A and B.


“They should have all of the buildings completed and residents starting to move in no later than December of next year,” Grabenhorst said.


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