Building boom makes once sleepy Celina one of the fastest-growing communities in North Texas

By Steve Brown and the Dallas Morning News

The town of Celina’s little downtown is a flashback to the 1920s.celina

Historic buildings like the old Nelson railroad hotel and the First State Bank haven’t changed much in the last 100 years.

But just over the hill toward Dallas, it’s easy to spot earth movers plowing up thousands of acres of farmland to make way for new residential rooftops.

During the last year, developers have announced plans for a half dozen major new home communities in Celina. Even more are on the way.

“I’m amazed with what’s going on in Celina,” said Fred Balda, president of Hillwood Communities, which has three new residential neighborhoods in the works in Celina. “I’d buy more land if I could. Read More >