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New Mesquite community will include thousands of homes

A new community planned for Mesquite will bring almost 4,000 homes.

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Dallas-based developer Huffines Communities is building the more than 1,400-acre Solterra community southwest of East Cartwright Road, two miles east of Interstate 635.

The new residential development is on part of the historic Lucas family farm.

Mesquite’s city council recently approved zoning for the $1.6 billion project, which Huffines Communities says will be the largest development in city history.

New homes in the project will start from $280,000 and range up to the high $400,000s.

“This is one of the biggest projects we’ve done, and we’re thrilled to make this a wonderful place to live and play as the home building market continues to sizzle,” Donald Huffines, co-owner at Huffines Communities, said in a statement. “Mesquite continues to see explosive growth, and Solterra will meet this demand with quality homes reminiscent of the quiet comfort of small-town living complete with community-centered amenities.”

Mesquite has been working for years with developers to plan what is one of the biggest undeveloped areas of the city.

The property is located about 11 miles from downtown Dallas and was once the family home and farm for Faithon P. Lucas, who owned the popular Lucas B&B restaurants in Dallas and sold produce and food products from the farm.

To honor the property’s heritage, Huffines Communities plans to include crops and livestock at Solterra and restore the pecan groves, orchards and pasture areas.

A new 27-acre lake will include a fishing hole with a deck.

Solterra will include a resort-style pool complex and miles of bike and hiking trails. A community amenity center will house a coffee shop, gathering rooms with lounge seating and offices with covered balconies.

There will also be fitness and a restaurant.

The first 650 to 750 Solterra home sites are expected to be ready in early 2022.

“We’re excited to get this project underway,” Mesquite city manager Cliff Keheley said in a statement. “More than 40 percent of the area is planned as open space.

“This will include usable open spaces within a quarter mile of every Solterra home.”

Trails will be provided throughout the community, and they will connect with the Mesquite Heritage Trail network of walking and biking paths.”

Huffines Communities already has four residential communities under development in North Texas.

The company was founded in 1985 and has developed more than 15,000 homes, master-planned communities and apartments.

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