Time’s Almost Up for West Dallas Residents Told to Move Out, But Many Have Found New Homes

Most residents who were told they’d need to leave their homes when a West Dallas landlord decided to shutter his rentals have moved on, but more than 120 have been able buy houses from the landlord.Fewer than a dozen renters remain in their homes. On Monday, a judge extended his temporary injunction barring eviction of the tenants. But there are only about ten left.Dallas landlord HMK Ltd. decided to get out of the rental business last year, saying strict new city codes would make it too expensive to repair about 300 aging wood-frame houses the company owns in West Dallas and parts of Oak Cliff.Many of the homes are in a rapidly gentrifying area of West Dallas, where pricey development took off after the construction five years ago of a $180 million signature bridge over the Trinity River. HMK co-owner Khraish Khraish says he’s planning to redevelop a large number of those properties.“This gentrification is extremely fast-paced,” Khraish said, referring to the Trinity Groves restaurant complex, a coming hotel and expensive apartment buildings now jutting skyward along West Dallas’ main drag, Singleton Boulevard. “It is a complete repurposing of the area.”  Continue reading...

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