Local City Sees Downtown Transformation

Cedar Hill’s latest development plans call for the seamless integration of work, home and business | Image by Cedar Hill Economic Development

A long-awaited redevelopment project in downtown Cedar Hill is finally moving forward after construction was stalled during COVID-19 shutdowns.

The City of Cedar Hill, along with development partners Lake-Moreno Partners LLC, will oversee renovations on a 40,000-square-foot area off West Belt Line Road and Broad Street in the city’s historic downtown district. Lake-Moreno Partners LLC is an affiliate of Jim Lake Companies, led by Amanda Moreno Lake and Jim Lake.

Cedar Hill is split between Dallas and Ellis counties and sits roughly 16 miles southwest of downtown Dallas.

The Cedar Hill redevelopment project will see a number of historic buildings along a 40,000-square-foot block of downtown transformed into a $14 million mixed-use development featuring restaurants, retail, and office space, according to reporting by WFAA.

The nearly 1-acre project, which began construction in 2018, will also feature a residential component, including a “tiny home” concept, that joins each development aspect into a one-stop shop for visitors and residents alike.

The mixed-use development is reportedly intended as a magnet for entertainment and investment opportunities. Cedar Hill’s director of economic development, Henry Florsheim, told WFAA the project would “feel like Cedar Hill in a new and exciting way” while still capturing the essence and history of the city.

“The new concepts and designs will give both visitors and residents a taste of urban redevelopment while maintaining the authenticity of the historic downtown area,” reads the project’s website.

The Cedar Hill redevelopment will be part of a much larger master plan for the city, which also includes the Downtown Complete Streets Project. The Complete Streets Project will consist of five elements designed to facilitate multimodal transportation within the city. These include “transit equality,” minimum lane widths, wide sidewalks, accessible surfaces, and trail connectivity.

“We’re building connectivity, not just within the downtown district, but all up and down this quarter to build a new experience for our citizens and for visitors too,” said Florsheim, per WFAA.

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