New neighborhood to bring more students to the district


Morgan Hykin

A lot at the northwest corner of the Stacy and Angel intersection is being developed for a new residential area.

Claire Peralta, Staff Reporter

Unmarked construction has taken over the intersection of Stacy Road and Angel Parkway for the past few months. A lot on the northwest corner of the intersection is currently being cleared, paved, and lit for a what will be a new residential area that will feed into the district.

“This small upcoming community of Belmont will be just 21 homes built by K. Hovnanian Homes,” Grisak Realtor Janee’ Foster said. “The community itself is in Allen, but will feed Lovejoy ISD. It will feed into Puster Elementary as the adjacent Bellgrove community does.”

The neighborhood, to be called Belmont Estates, will be situated west of Angel Parkway and is expected to bring new families into the district.

“The homes will be moderately priced and sized,” Foster said. “This will likely bring in families with school aged kids who desire attendance in the Lovejoy schools. These folks are willing to pay a little more for a home to have their kids attend a quality school district.”

Construction on homes is expected to start in less than 50 days.

“It should not affect the traffic in the area too greatly,” Allen’s Assistant Director of Engineering Shawn Poe said. “The construction will be on the individual homes in the neighborhood.”

The set completion date for the neighborhood is not certain, as each home is built once it has a buyer.

“Because this particular community is relatively small and will take a year or 2 to complete, I don’t expect any significant or noticeable effects that haven’t already been considered and anticipated,” Foster said.

Since its inception, the district has been rapidly growing in population each year, and some worry that the small, personal feeling of the school that attracts so many families from across the nation will be lost within the next few years if developments continue.

“I don’t think the family feel of the schools will be lost,” parent Karin Wortham said. “Even when we finish expanding, it will still be a small, close school.”

Despite continued growth, little in the district is expected to change.

“The building of homes within the school district is not controlled by the district itself, but the district has been aware of the growth and has planned accordingly,” Foster said. “With several new communities on the horizon within the district and build out being still a few years out, the district has proactive plans to make room for those additional students while keeping the quality characteristics of the district that has made it so successful and so desirable to parents.”