On this day that ground will officially be broken at Lakeside DFW, it makes sense to reflect on the ground already broken.
Let’s start with breaking the top-down model of development, governed by town officials and/or developers.
Officials with Realty Capital, master developer of Lakeside DFW, began their efforts on the project by meeting with and surveying Flower Mound residents and stakeholders. Over 450 completed surveys (in person or on-line).
When an initial concept plan was completed, Flower Mound residents saw it first. Their feedback shaped revisions to the plan and recommended a Mediterranean theme. Only then was the plan presented to town officials.
Then there is the dream itself.
Flower Mound residents wished to integrate this community with the surrounding environment and its lake views. They wanted trails, shops and restaurants integrated into a community that offered housing options unavailable elsewhere in town.
They wanted to create an environment that might spark future employment.
They wanted a place to gather, to be together, to experience community outside in parks, on trails, and in the the streets. All with a Flower Mound flair.
All this integration in the suburbs is, well, revolutionary.
It is safe to say that Flower Mound residents can take most of the credit for today’s groundbreaking and the speed with which it has taken place.
They dreamed it. They set it in motion. And they will be responsible for its success.
Civic engagement in action. While there is still much work to be done in building a vibrant community, Flower Mound is off to a great start at Lakeside DFW.