Background Information


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 development now under construction across from the VA Medical Center called Lancaster Urban Village. With the relocation of Rudy’s Chicken, Lancaster Kiest Village will get underway. Apartment homes will be clustered around a resident clubhouse behind a new 8,000 square foot office/retail structure where Rudy’s now stands. The existing retail building will remain. A third project, midway between these two, 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 most people in Oak Cliff know, Rudy’s Chicken is one of Dallas’ special treasures and the anchor of Lancaster Road. With only a walk up window and drive-through (no inside seating), Rudy’s is known to fried chicken lovers around the country. Rudy and Linda Edwards learned the restaurant business from family members and established the Lancaster location in 1992. Mrs. Edwards created the unique seasoning that has contributed to Rudy’s fame. A strong supporter of community activities, Mr. Edwards says, “Oak Cliff has been good to me and I try to be good to Oak Cliff.”



The new home of Rudy’s Chicken is the first phase of what will become Lancaster Kiest Village, a mixed use, transient oriented development of restaurants, retail, office space and apartment homes. The existing retail at the corner of Lancaster Road and Kiest Boulevard will remain in place and an additional 8,000 square feet of two-story, retail and office space will be added to face Lancaster Road. Construction will begin immediately on the second phase of Lancaster Kiest Village and is scheduled for completion in early 2014.

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 with a small urban parking lane. Supportive services, educational and entertainment programming will be offered from a resident clubhouse with a community kitchen. Financing for this final phase is underway.

The final phase includes construction of 28 to 32 units of live/work, condo-styled homes.



Builder of the new Rudy’s Chicken will be Bethel Construction Company, Inc., which has a long working relationship with City Wide Community Development Corporation. After learning the building business through construction technology courses at Northlake College, Curtis Carter began remodeling homes in 1993. He moved into single family home construction in 1998 and also began remodeling multi-family buildings. Recent projects of the minority-owned firm involving City Wide CDC include remodeling the 12-unit Blossom Gardens apartments in old East Dallas and constructing a number of single family homes in the Runyon Springs area as part of the City of Dallas’ Neighborhood Stabilization program.





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