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Lunch with Fairview Mayor Darion Culbertson

Posted by tomgrisak on August 27, 2017
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I always enjoy meeting with Fairview’s Mayor Darion Culbertson.  He’s certainly passionate about Fairview and always happy to share what’s going on.

Mayor Culbertson has led the way as Fairview’s grown from a sleepy little town not a lot of people knew about to what it is today.  I call it “a small town with a large presence”.  He’s in the last two years of his final term as mayor and I know he’s going to be missed when he vacates the office.

Here are some of the quick notes I took during our visit …

Average home price in Fairview is now $493,150.  If you remove the 1,144 zero lot line homes in Heritage Ranch, it would be slightly higher, given that the median home price in Heritage Ranch is $422,000.  75% of the people living in Heritage Ranch are retired.

Median home price for a new construction home is over $1 million.  Those are usually the buyers’ third or fourth home purchase

Apartments are a hot commodity in Fairview and Plano can’t build them fast enough either.  Apartments in Fairview are all located on the far west side and within McKinney ISD.

A new development (Apple Crossing) is coming in at the SEC of Greenville Ave and Country Club.  It will consist of 95 Townhomes and about 90 zero lot line single family homes

Fairview’s population now is about 9,000 and the projected population is around 16,000 when fully developed.  80% of that will be located in the high density residential area between Hwy 5 (Greenville Ave) and Central Expwy (Hwy 75)

Fairview will be proposing a $26 million bond in the Fall for a new fire station, public works facility, emergency operations center, and community center to replace the original Fire Station on HWY 5.  He said the original fires station is literally falling down.  Fairview already owns the land abutting the fire station on the north.  

There are now 16 full time policemen in Fairview.  When asked why does Fairview have so many and Lucas so few, he replied “the daytime population in Fairview swells to 35,000 people with all the retail at Stacy Rd and Central Expwy”.

Lincoln is spending about $50 million to make changes to the Village at Fairview, soon to be called Fairview Town Center.  They are removing about 50,000 SF of existing building to improve visibility and access to the smaller, boutique shops behind Macy’s, Container Store, and JC Penny’s.

 

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