Victory Park: From Brownfield to Urban Development
Victory Park, once a contaminated brownfield site that bordered downtown Dallas, is one of Hillwood’s most significant projects, as it illustrates the company’s approach and commitment to the environment. For years, the 75-acre parcel along Interstate-35 was a blighted eyesore, formerly home to an electric power generating plant, garbage crematorium, railroad maintenance facility, packinghouse and landfill for debris from a downtown fire.
In the late 1990s, Ross Perot, Jr. decided to develop the site and worked with the City of Dallas and numerous partners to transform the derelict site into a vibrant development anchored by the American Airlines Center and home to a hotel, residences, street-front retail and office buildings. To get there, Hillwood and its partners first removed 310,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil, reused another 250,000 cubic yards of soil, demolished 45 structures, treated 15 million gallons of groundwater and recycled 47,000 cubic yards of concrete. The EPA called the public-private partnership, “one of the greatest examples of urban remediation.”
The EPA honored Hillwood in 2001 with the distinguished Phoenix award for its significant environmental efforts to clean up the site.
Harvest: Environmentally Connected
Just north of Fort Worth, Texas, Harvest is the first residential community based on Hillwood’s five LiveSmart principles (Sense of Community, Technology, Healthy Living, Environmental Stewardship and Education). Benefiting from its rich farming history, Harvest will become the 21st-century version of its agrarian past, setting a new benchmark for innovation in residential developments. Amenities include a community farm that will be directed and managed by a professional farm operator, short and pedestrian-friendly streets, and greenbelts and trails to encourage residents to walk or cycle their community. Neighborhood pools, a 12-acre lake, several community buildings, ball fields and pocket parks will be created for homeowner use.