The community of Celina is about to experience a population boom similar to the one that made nearby Frisco the fastest-growing city in America for nearly a decade.
Celina, a city of nearly 11,000 people just north of where the Dallas North Tollway ends at the intersection with U.S. 380 in Prosper, could grow to nearly 100,000 people by 2024, based on a conservative population projection.
“The next decade, I believe, is the ‘Decade of Celina,’” Celina Economic Development Corporation executive director Corbett Howard said.
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Howard, a former three-term Mayor of Celina, is a whirlwind of activity in his office, which is filled with multicolored maps of the area that denote several massive housing developments in the works.
The most recent project to get the go ahead from financiers is Green Meadows, a 4,500-home community one mile west of the planned extension of the Dallas North Tollway, according to The Dallas Morning News.
The construction boom in Celina will see the number of homes here multiply seven times over just the next 18 months, according to figures provided by Howard.
There are currently 3,316 active residential water meters in Celina, according to Howard, which is a close approximation of how many homes currently stand in the city.
This year, 10,166 homes are being built across seven total housing developments in Celina, and in 2017, an additional 11,462 lots are projected to be developed.
That would bring the total number of homes in the city to nearly 25,000.
In turn, the estimated population for Celina would grow from 10,760 in 2016 to 34,392 in 2020, and then explode to 99,716, according to Howard, who told NBC DFW those figures come from a consulting firm estimating the average household size in Celina at 3.26 people per home.