Housing Is A First Step To Bringing Services
March 25, 2018
With Wilmer continuing to add hundreds of new jobs, there are additional housing needs for the area’s workforce, which will be found in Liberty Crossing, along with retail and healthcare amenities.
WILMER, TX—With housing needs nipping at the heels of Wilmer’s city limits, a first phase residential development is underway. EMLI at Liberty Crossing, a 100-acre master-planned development, is the residential component of Liberty Crossing. The development will include 240 residential units across 10 buildings as well as a business center, Internet cafe, swimming pool, pet park, farm-to-table garden, on-site nonprofit, playground and fitness center.
“With Wilmer continuing to add hundreds of new jobs, we have needed additional housing for Wilmer’s workforce,” said David Miracle, executive director of Wilmer Economic Development. “Liberty Crossing, as it develops, will also provide retail and healthcare amenities that will benefit the entire community.”
Miracle specifically points to the nearby Intermodal Terminal as a source for at least 11,000 employees. The 360-acre terminal is located 12 miles from downtown Dallas, within the city limits of Hutchins, TX and Wilmer, a town of about 4,000 residents, according to Miracle. Some workers come from as far as 30 miles away.
“Right now, Wilmer is in a food desert,” Miracle tells GlobeSt.com. “The big employers create housing, which turns into services like grocery and healthcare. Infrastructure needs to follow and we are spending the majority of our money on it.”
Liberty Crossing is one of several developments included in the Wilmer Southeast infrastructure project at Interstate Highway 45 between Mars Road and Belt Line Road. The project will provide sanitary sewer, water and road infrastructure to support residential, commercial and retail development for the entire area.
Funding for the project includes Liberty Crossing, EMLI, the Dallas Independent School District planned elementary and middle school campus, the Autumn Breeze Apartments, and the city of Wilmer and its two economic development sales tax corporations.
Liberty Multifamily LLC is an integrated development company that specializes in the construction and renovation of energy-efficient housing for low-to-moderate income working families.