Story to watch in 2021: Northern Gateway land off Justin Road attracts big-name developer

The city of Lewisville has had a plan in place for more than half a decade to guide development in the Northern Gateway area west of I-35E. (Daniel Houston/Community Impact Newspaper)
The city of Lewisville has had a plan in place for more than half a decade to guide development in the Northern Gateway area west of I-35E. (Daniel Houston/Community Impact Newspaper)

The city of Lewisville has had a plan in place for more than half a decade to guide development in the Northern Gateway area west of I-35E. (Daniel Houston/Community Impact Newspaper)

A yearslong effort from Lewisville officials to guide new development off of I-35E recently got a boost when developer Centurion American scooped up 40 acres of land for a mixed-use project.

The developer is taking over an effort that was once set to bring townhomes, multifamily buildings, restaurants, retail stores and office space to the heart of what the city of Lewisville calls its Northern Gateway, according to First Commercial Realty, the firm that arranged the sale. While the plans are subject to change, whatever goes there would be accessible to residents of Lewisville and nearby Highland Village.

The land in question represents more than one-tenth of the Northern Gateway study area. It was purchased by a subsidiary of Centurion American, the developer behind Flower Mound’s Riverwalk at Central Park, Dallas’s Statler Hotel and Plano’s Collin Creek Mall redevelopment, among others.

Hundreds of apartment units have been approved in recent weeks for other properties in the Northern Gateway, and hundreds more units are currently under construction.

The land in the Northern Gateway is held by a number of property owners, the city said in a 2015 city study.


In a framework plan developed in 2015, the city of Lewisville laid out broad priorities to guide developers within the Northern Gateway, a triangular area bounded by I-35E to the east, McGee Lane to the west and the train tracks south of Justin Road.

Read the city's plan for the Northern Gateway area, which was adopted in 2015, below.

By Daniel Houston
Daniel Houston covers city government, transportation, business and education for Community Impact Newspaper in Lewisville, Flower Mound and Highland Village. A Fort Worth native and Baylor University graduate, Daniel reported previously for The Associated Press in Oklahoma City and The Dallas Morning News.


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