Development brief

EVERgreen Family Residences | 1701 Canton is located in the Civic Center District of Downtown Dallas (adjacent to the Farmers Market neighborhood) and will be comprised of both short-term and permanent supportive residences for children of families who are in need of housing. The development is consistent with key recommendations made in the Downtown Dallas 360 Plan recently approved by City Council.  The facility will provide a residency for approximately 325 resident citizens of the United States who have neither the personal resources nor opportunity within our community to fulfill their basic housing need.

Supportive Housing with enriched services has been in continuous service for decades in other large cities and has proven to be a safe, cost effective and sustainable solution to provide housing for the least fortunate in our culture and beneficial to creating vitality in the urban neighborhoods of which they have become an integral part. We are now making progress to upgrade and expand this kind of supportive housing and provide additional residences to a population in need.

1701 Canton | EVERgreen Family Residences will deliver the supportive services through its nonprofit ownership, which is structured to include Family Gateway, Inc. and FPC Housing, LLC., an affiliate of the First Presbyterian Church. Both will provide many needed services from locations which are within the facility or a short walking distance for the residents.

The residences are planned to be a mix of efficiency, 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom units that reflect the profile of families with children in the local geographic area and will contain common and private living spaces, kitchens, and private bedrooms furnished with beds, bathrooms, home office/workspace and storage. A fitness gym, shared lounges and laundry facilities will be located throughout the complex. The property is comprised of the following uses:

‒  130 Multifamily Units – Total

‒ 30 Short Term Supportive Housing Units (Repositioned Existing)
‒ 100 Permanent Supportive Housing Units (New Construction)

‒ 20 One bedroom Apartments
‒ 40 Two Bedroom Apartments
‒ 30 Three Bedroom Apartments
‒ 10 Four Bedroom Apartments

‒  Controlled Access Entries / Lobbies / Circulation (w/ live surveillance monitoring)
‒  Common Recreation / Community Kitchen / Laundry Spaces
‒  Community / Commercial Space
‒  Classroom(s) / Playground(s) / Daycare
‒  Fitness Gym / Bicycle Storage
‒  Parade Plaza with Green Space
‒  Trees and Hardscape / Parade Route Improvements
‒  Onsite Property and Administrative Management
‒  Ecologic / Sustainable Design Features

‒ rainwater harvesting / water conserving irrigation / native landscaping
‒ energy efficient HVAC system
‒ passive solar building envelope / recycle existing buildings
‒ construction waste management
‒ recycling services provided throughout compliance period
‒ green and locally sourced materials

The ground (street) level will include a controlled access visitor lobby with 24/7 security concierge, community space, daycare and education center, playgrounds and onsite management office. Onsite outdoor courtyards and recreation areas will be contained by the strategic placement of the 4-story residential buildings above the parking. Floors 2, 3, 4 and 5 will accommodate the 100 new residences along with the support spaces. A viewing balcony / park area for municipal parades will be incorporated into the Marilla Street block face. Approximately 130 off-street covered parking spaces and 30 on-street visitor spaces with street amenities as defined by the new development guidelines being established by the City of Dallas will be provided.

The ownership will reposition the existing Family Gateway’s 30 short-term supportive housing units and add 100 units of permanent supportive housing as new construction. The development is also planned to pursue LEED ‘Platinum’ Certification. The intention is to create safe, affordable and sustainable residences that will significantly minimize maintenance expenses and perform at a highly efficient level of energy consumption.

The financial structure would utilize a 2012 LIHTC tax credit allocation from the TDHCA, Federal Energy Tax Credits in combination with a favorable long-term (+45 year) lease of the underlying property currently owned by City of Dallas / ONCOR and a low-interest loan of $2,000,000 to partially finance development of the project so it will both serve Dallas area children in families who are in need of housing and be financially and ecologically sustainable for many decades to come.

1701 Canton Street

Examples of the proposed day care and Montessori school.


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