The first groundbreaking at Plano’s $3 billion Legacy West project was back in 2014 when the 250-acre project kicked off.
Since then there’s been a steady stream of construction starts.
On Thursday, work began on what will be the tallest tower in Plano.
The $100 million, 29-story LVL29 apartment high-rise is being built next door to Liberty Mutual Insurance’s high-rise campus in Legacy West.
The 328-unit, modernistic looking tower will sit just west of the Dallas Tollway between Liberty Mutual and JPMorgan Chase’s new office complex located just south of State Highway 121.
The luxury tower is been in the works for more than a year.
“Reaching the groundbreaking is a big milestone and Legacy West,” said Luke Harry, project manager with NE Development. “We are excited to make our mark on Plano and Legacy West.”
The apartment tower will be one of the tallest buildings outside of the downtown Dallas area.
Legacy West developer Fehmi Karahan said that 19 years ago when he started developing in Legacy business park, the tallest building in the area was the Electronic Data System headquarters which has about eight floors.
Legacy West developer Fehmi Karahan and Plano mayor Harry LaRosiliere took part in the groundbreaking.
“This is going to be an iconic building,” Karahan said at the groundbreaking. “A development of this size and magnitude takes a lot of courage.”
The nearby Legacy West Urban Village with shops, apartments and a luxury hotel will open in June.
“Thirty eight months after the groundbreaking for Legacy West to be able to see all this took a lot of coordination,” Karahan said.
Plano mayor Harry LaRosiliere has been to a lot of groundbreakings in Legacy West during the last few years.
Offices for Toyota, Liberty Mutual and Chase will all be open later in 2017.
“I call this the year of the big bang,” LaRosiliere said. “This area of Legacy West is the center of the universe.
“There’s nothing else going on like Legacy West.
Apartments in the LVL29 tower will start at about $1,600 a month for the smallest unit.