SouthStar Communities is a residential real estate development company with a very soft spot for veterans. Just in time for July 4, SouthStar is partnering with Operation FINALLY HOME, the Dallas Builders Association and the NFL Former Players Association, to build a custom home in The Sanctuary at Lake Ridge, a beautiful gated, neighborhood in Grand Prairie, Texas often featured on this blog. This is not SouthStar’s first donation rodeo. The developer has previously donated 10 homesites to veterans in its Vintage Oaks community in New Braunfels, named because of the on-site vineyard, and King Oaks near Bryan-College Station, Texas. Most of those homesites are downright huge: the lot SouthStar has selected to give away is one full acre.
Operation FINALLY HOME is an organization that partners with corporate sponsors, builders, developers and volunteers to provide wounded and disabled veterans and widows of fallen soldiers with brand spanking new, mortgage-free, custom-built homes.
“The Association’s partnership with Operation FINALLY HOME is a natural fit,” said Phil Crone, Executive Officer of the Dallas Builders Association. “Our members are in the business of building the American dream and these deserving veterans are in the business of protecting and defending it. We look forward to being a partner in this project and in many more to come.”
The home itself will be built by Victory Custom Homes, owned by Alan Dulworth and former Dallas Cowboy Bill Bates. SouthStar’s 1-acre homesite will be in The Sanctuary at Lake Ridge community, with amenities including a golf course, 154-acre sports park, hike and bike trails and the 7,500-acre Joe Pool Lake. The community is home to many former sports stars. Since 1999, SouthStar has developed 20 communities throughout Florida, Texas, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Operation FINALLY HOME is currently reviewing candidates to select the family that will be honored with the mortgage-free home, and will break ground on the home in July. The home is built solely through financial and material donations from the community, and fundraising for the project will begin soon. Those interested in supporting the project can submit donations online at Lakeridge.net/veteran.
“At SouthStar Communities, we’re grateful to the men and women of the military — and their family members — for the sacrifices they make for our country,” said Thad Rutherford, senior vice president of SouthStar Communities. “We’re proud to work with Operation FINALLY HOME, the Dallas Builders Association and the NFL Former Players Association on this project to provide a new home to the patriots who’ll be living in our community.”
SouthStar Communities is a residential real estate development company based in Dallas, Texas. The company is affiliated with SouthStar Development Partners, and led by CEO J. Larry Rutherford. The firm’s primary activities include the analysis, financing, acquisition, planning and marketing of real estate for both residential and commercial uses. For more information, visit www.southstarcommunities.com.