FORNEY, Texas — A proposed Victorian-style retail and commercial development will break ground ceremoniously near downtown Forney on Friday.

The project proposes construction of four 3-to-5,000-square foot Victorian-style buildings — which are modeled after Victorian homes on Dallas' historic Swiss Avenue.

A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Friday, January 4, 2018, at 10 a.m.

In May 2018, the Forney City Council approved a Chapter 380 agreement to convey 3.3769 acres, located at the northeast corner of the intersection of Main Street and Chestnut Street, to the Forney Economic Development Corporation (EDC). This land, and 0.7506 acres of EDC-owned land, were in turn conveyed to the Garrett Moore Company which is developing the project.

The project is expected to consist of at least 8,200-square feet of retail and commercial space with a minimum capital investment of $1.2 million.

“Forney has a need for Class A office space and this development really addresses that need,” Forney EDC Director Warren Ketteman stated at the time the Chapter 380 agreement was approved. “It also provides a 'bookend' for our downtown and will serve as a catalyst for additional development in the immediate area.”

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