Construction on the Mixed-Use Development Set to Begin Late 2020
In the 1960s, Doris and Bob Johnson purchased a large plot of land from a neighboring farmer in Allen. The Johnsons used the land to raise cattle and grow wheat, corn and hay. This summer, the Johnson family has made a move to convert their 135 acres of ranchland into a mixed-used property with the help of JaRyCo, an Allen-based developer. The development will be located at the southeast corner of Sam Rayburn Tollway and Alma Drive.
Named The Farm in Allen, the space will be a place to live, work and play, as it will include over 1.6 million square feet of office space, 142,000 square feet of retail, a 150-room hotel, 60,000 square feet of restaurants, a number of townhomes and 2,400 urban residential units.
The project was designed with the community in mind. Through building The Farm, the developers, engineers and architects intend to create a family-friendly, small-town environment, according to a press release.
“The Farm in Allen is a unique mixed-used development that really captures the story of Allen’s continued growth. Just as this farmland served generations of families before us, it will transform into a modern urban center to serve many generations to follow. We are excited to see this project enhance the 121 corridor,” shared Allen Mayor Debbie Stout.
Features of the development will include a 2.5-acre lake with a boardwalk and restaurants, more than two miles of hiking and biking trails, a 16-acre greenbelt along Watters Creek and four additional park areas. The trails will be integrated into the City of Allen trail system.
“We are excited for the opportunity to partner with the Johnson family and transform their treasured farm into a world-class mixed-use project that will check all of the boxes for what the citizens of Allen need,” said JaRyCo President Bruce Heller.
Construction is planned to begin in late 2020. Omniplan Architects, Dynamic Engineering and landscape architect TBG are all working on the project.The Farm in Allen >
The Farm in Allen
SE corner of Sam Rayburn Tollway and Alma Drive