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Rudy’s Chicken Relocation Marks the Start

of Lancaster Kiest Village in Oak Cliff

 

DALLAS, TX – June 12, 2013 - Groundbreaking ceremonies for a new 1,600 square foot building for the popular Rudy’s Chicken restaurant marks the redevelopment of one of the Lancaster corridor’s major intersections – Kiest Boulevard. City Wide Development Corporation plans a new 8,000 square foot commercial structure facing Lancaster Road, next to an existing retail building, with supportive apartment housing occupying the remainder of the northwest corner of the intersection.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, City Council member Dwaine Caraway and other members of the Dallas City Council participated with Rudy’s owners – Linda and Rudy Edwards – and City Wide’s president Sherman Roberts in the earth-turning ceremony at noon Wednesday.

“Because the Lancaster corridor is such an important thoroughfare for the entire southern sector, it is exciting to see all the changes already underway," explained Mayor Mike Rawlings. "Rudy's Chicken has been an anchor business here for many years so I'm pleased we were able to work out their move just a block north as it allows this major intersection to change. City Wide CDC's three projects along Lancaster Road are already making a difference in people's perception of the area."

Rudy’s Chicken has long been a business anchor on Lancaster Road. Established in 1992 by Rudy and Linda Edwards, the take-out only restaurant draws customers, often more than 1,000 a day, from a wide area. Known for the unique seasoning created by Mrs. Edwards, fried chicken with limited sides dishes attract customers who wait patiently in their cars or at the walk up window to be served.

“We’ve always tried to keep our prices low as most people in this neighborhood don’t earn a lot of money,” Mr. Edwards explained, “and we don’t take credit cards for the same reason. Most of our customers are good, hard-working, God-fearing people and we try to do what we can to help. Oak Cliff has been good to us and we try to be good to Oak Cliff by supporting church and school activities. There is lots of opportunity in Oak Cliff and we appreciate the Mayor’s efforts to try to bring more businesses and jobs here.”

 

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The new building will be twice the size of the existing facility and will feature two drive-thoughs in addition to the walkup window. The building was designed by Calvert & Company, Architects, and will be built by Bethel Construction.

Acting as master of ceremonies for the event, Councilmember Dwaine Caraway, who represents the area, recalled all the work that has gone into making the project come to fruition.

“Redevelopment projects like this are not easy to do,” he explained. “First, you have to find a developer who understands the neighborhood. Assembling the land is not an easy process with multiple owners and interests. Financing is always a challenge, too, but Mr. Edwards was willing to make a substantial investment in addition to some development grants and expense reimbursements from various agencies that were brought together. I think we’ve been working on this project for more than three years so I’m excited to see it happen.”

Some of the redevelopment funds came from the City’s 2006 bond issue along with a small grant from the City of Dallas. A land swap between City Wide CDC and the Edwards family allowed the restaurant to move north one block with the new retail/office building occupying Rudy’s current location. The almost two-acre site will have a developed value of $3.4 million upon completion.

“We will develop Lancaster Kiest Village in four phrases,” explained City Wide CDC President Sherman Roberts. “Rudy’s new building should be completed late this year. Then, we’ll start on the commercial structure and that should be finished next year. We’re still in the process of finding financing for the housing component.”

The third phase of Lancaster Kiest Village is Serenity Place, offering housing and supportive services for homeless women with or without children. Two-and three-story courtyard and carriage way apartment clusters are organized around a central pocket park and children’s playground with a small urban parking lane. Supportive services, educational and entertainment programming will be offered from a resident clubhouse with a community kitchen. The final phase of Lancaster-Kiest Village will include the construction of 28 to 32 units of live/work, condo-style homes.

With a track record of successful development, construction and management of a wide variety of properties – single family, mixed use and apartments – City Wide CDC has established an excellent reputation among governmental agencies, financing sources and not-for-profit foundations active in the affordable housing and neighborhood redevelopment areas. City Wide has multiple projects along Lancaster Road that began with the mixed use, transient-oriented development now under construction across from the VA Medical Center called Lancaster Urban Village which will be completed in early 2014.

 


 

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Midway between Lancaster Urban Village and Lancaster Kiest Village, is in the Lancaster/Opal area which will also be a high density, mixed use apartment/retail development. The redevelopment of the Lancaster/Opal area has received a sustainable development grant of $135,000, administered by the City of Dallas and obtained for the project by Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, for early design work and planning.

“As each of these projects continue to move forward, other developers will want to move into the Lancaster corridor which is the Mayor’s hope,” Mr. Roberts continued. “I’m already receiving calls from brokers who want to buy the properties we’ve assembled. While I can understand the Mayor’s impatience, his efforts are making a difference in these neighborhoods.”

 

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