Irving Experiences Building Boom for Single-Family Homes

The city has approved plans to build 1,500 homes during the past two years

By Christine Lee
|  Monday, Jun 3, 2013  |  Updated 7:00 PM CDT
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Irving is continuing to grow with new homes, new businesses and new workers moving to the area.

Christine Lee, NBC 5 Irving Reporter

Irving is continuing to grow with new homes, new businesses and new workers moving to the area.

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As the city works with the chamber of commerce and the state to bring more jobs to Irving, employees are also marketing the city as a place to work and play.

On Monday, construction workers were busy preparing for the future as home building flourishes as the city of Irving brings in business and new workers. 

The city of Irving is in midst of a building boom having created and kept 3,400 jobs since last October.

Since 2008, there had been a 14.7 percent increase in single-family homes- that's more than 5,200 new single-family homes. 

Within the past couple of years, the city approved plans to build 1,500 new single-family homes.

"From the CEO to the newest entry level person into the company, we have everything from the low 100s to the million dollar plus homes. Whatever you want we offer," said Don Williams, Director of Economic Development with the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce.

Williams said incentives have been the key in creating and keeping more than 3,400 jobs since last October. 

"Some of them will be financial, some of them could be quality of life type issues. One that we did recently was even doing a celebration for the new employees coming into the city with the mayor, the city manager, etc." Williams said.

The city also launched a marketing strategy pushing Irving as a place to work and play. 

"It's certainly a part of our economic development programming to make sure that when we recruit a business that we also provide the housing opportunities for those employees," said Steven Reed, Assistant Director Development Services with the city of Irving.

Reed said the city is working on renovation by acquiring rundown apartments like the ones at Tudor Lane and converting them into new single-family homes. Reed hopes the availability of new homes will transform more commuters into full-time residents.

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