Dallas Catalyst Project: Mill City
Mill City Magic
In partnership with Mill City Community Association, Builders of Hope Community Development Corporation, and Urban Specialists, TREC Community Investors will commit $1 million over three years toward catalytic real estate projects that address neighborhood issues of food insecurity, public safety, affordable housing, outdated infrastructure, and a lack of community gathering spaces and youth mentoring opportunities.
About Mill City
Founded in 1903 with the vision of opening a factory to train residents of color, Mill City has a history of economic vibrancy and community pride that, due to decades-long disinvestment, has been marred by blighted buildings, illegal dumping, loitering, and high concentrations of crime.
$36,819 median income
27% of residents are older than 65 or younger than 15 years old
Infrastructure Improvements and Vacant Lot Remediation
Dallas Catalyst Project: Mill City plans to address the neighborhood’s blighted commercial spaces and remediate up to 18 vacant lots. Infrastructure improvements, such as enhanced lighting, landscaping, and sidewalks, would address safety concerns and create a sense of community pride.
Urban Garden Teaching Farm
Constructing an urban garden teaching farm would supply a known food desert community with locally grown produce and educate residents on developing healthy eating and cooking habits.
Dallas Catalyst Project: Mill City will construct up to eight single-family homes and offer one-on-one financial counseling and education to homebuyers.
Harris Home of Champions Boxing Gym
A boxing gym will provide the neighborhood with a much-needed safe public gathering space, physical fitness opportunities, and youth mentoring.