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​​Image of the New Specialty center at Children's Health Plano​PLANO – Children’s Health Plano, a new specialty center for rehabilitation and prevention of sports injuries, surgery, training, and nutrition is open.

The four-story, 200,000-sf facility houses the hospital’s Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine and Sports Performance, a service center, imaging center, and physicians’ clinics.

The new building is located at 7211 Preston Rd.

​​​​​DEL VALLE, MANOR – Annual housing starts have steadily climbed in both cities since 2014, yet the market really started heating up in the past of couple years, Metrostudy data show.

In Del Valle, construction has started on 1,020 new homes in the 12-month period ending in first quarter 2018, compared to only 279 home starts in the same period ending in 1Q 2014.

In Manor, housing starts over 12 months hit 1,210 homes in first quarter, up from 502 four years earlier.

Developers say the growth spurt is fueled by buyers’ quest for affordability, as most homes in the new communities range from $200,000–$400,000.

Graph of Manor and Del Valle housing starts since 2014.

​​​​Image of the Icon at Hewitt apartment complex.HEWITT – A 256-unit apartment complex, The Icon at Hewitt, has opened at 201 Ritchie Rd.

As previously reported by the Waco Tribune-Herald, the facility was built on 13 acres for $30 million.

The high-end community offers one- and two-bedroom floorplans ranging from $939–$1,339 per month.​​

​In other news, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store chain has broken ground next to Hewitt’s Walmart Supercenter at Sun Valley Blvd. and I-35. ​Opening is planned for November 2018.

​​​Rendering of The Top 5 cities that have the most vacant land in their Central Business Districts DALLAS – The Big D skyline has a lot more room to grow if researchers have it right.

Dallas already has one of the busiest downtowns with new apartments and retail developments, office buildings opening, and a program to build four new downtown parks.

But there's even more property available to ramp up construction in downtown Dallas, according to a new report by researchers at Yardi Systems Inc.

Downtown Dallas still has more than 86 acres available to build more—the most of more than two dozen U.S. cities Yardi looked at.​

​​​Rendering of mass timber frame building ​SAN ANTONIO – The first mass timber frame mixed-use building in Texas, at the intersection of Broadway St. and Eighth St., will soon be underway.

​The building will be 150,000 gross sf, with 130,000 sf of office space and 10,000 sf of retail on the ground floor.​

The building will also feature underground parking.

The building will use mass timber frame construction in lieu of concrete or steel.

Groundbreaking is expected to occur between late May 2018 and early June 2018, and for construction to last about 18 months.​