Trinity Falls, a 1,700-acre master-planned community northwest of McKinney has purchased the Heritage Farm, adding 271 acres to the development.

Trinity Falls is adjacent to the new tract, purchased from the Heritage Farm Trust. The additional land will bring approximately 1,000 new single-family homes to Trinity Falls. The parcel also adds 7,100 square feet of office space, 13,200 square feet of retail space, a fourth elementary school, a fire station and park space to the current Trinity Falls master plan.

“This is a significant purchase, increasing our acreage from more than 1,700 to nearly 2,000 and allowing us to create a community with almost 5,000 single-family homes,” said Jim Baker, general manager of Trinity Falls. “The long-term cumulative economic impact of developing Trinity Falls and the Heritage Farm Tract is over $9 billion.”

Heritage Farm was established in 1857 by Charles Moore, who purchased the land for $6 an acre. Through the years, the land was used to raise cattle and operated as a dairy farm from 1953 to 1963. Corn and wheat were also grown on the farm, with the last harvests happening in 2016. Claude Frazier — Charles’ great-grandson — also raised guinea fowl, which he started raising on the farm in 2000. In 2007, the state named Heritage Farm a Texas Century Farm, commemorating the fact the farm has been operated by the same family for 150 years.

“This has been part of my identity my whole life,” Frazier said. “I’m a fifth generation farmer. But I realized that we’ve reached a new point in our life and we need to embrace it.

“We’ve been approached to sell before — there was always somebody even 30, 40 years ago. I’ve known Jim Baker (with Johnson Development) for years and the time is right to sell. Jim will ensure this land is developed responsibly in a manner that respects our legacy.”

Trinity Falls is a project of Johnson Development Corp., which acquired the community in 2016. Currently, Trinity Falls features homes priced from the upper $200,000s to more than $600,000. A centerpiece of the community is B.B. Owen Park, a 350-acre natural area along the East Fork of the Trinity River. In 2016, Trinity Falls was named “Master-Planned Community of the Year” by the Dallas Builders Association.

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