The former Highlands West offices have been cleared to make way for a new David Weekley development.

If you’ve driven down Skillman past Church recently, you’ve noticed the razing of the existing buildings at 7475 Skillman, former home to Healing Hands Ministries and other offices. The property sits between the new Bordeaux Lake Highlands development and the old Fields Cemetery.

What is happening there? It’s a question several readers have asked. Though we haven’t yet reached an official spokesperson, we do know, based on an approved zoning amendment last summer, that David Weekley Homes plans to build 17 townhomes on the 1.9 acre tract.

David Weekley Homes, based in Houston, has developments all over the country. The company recently has started showing a strong presence in Lake Highlands, with the Villas of Lake Highlands, located on Plano near Northwest Highway, and planned townhomes inside the Lake Highlands Town Center, which is practically across the street from the Skillman Church land.

Sidenote, because I know of one other David Weekley development that borders a cemetery (in far far east Dallas), I wondered if property near cemeteries is cheaper or harder to sell than those with more distance from the dead. Redfin, a real estate analysis site, actually did a study in 2013; it shows homes near cemeteries, while they take a little longer to sell, actually sell at higher prices. Although, since Weekley homes are typically inside large gates, walls or fences, it’s probably a moot point.

We will let you know once we learn more about this new development.