Cadence McShane Corp. of Dallas has been given the nod to startwork on five buildings totaling 153,014 sf. Site work began nearly10 months ago as the developer readied the land for side-by-sideregional centers, a roadmap for an estimated $1-billion collectionof retail, residential, hospitality and office space along StacyRoad and US Hwy. 75 in the metroplex's northern tier. Vertical workalready is under way on the 1.4-million-sf Village atFairview.

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Gar Herring, MGHerring's president, tells GlobeSt.com that bothprojects' first phases will be ready to open in mid-October. And,he says he's keeping the tenant roster for the Village at Allenunder wraps until May, right before ICSC's annual mega-conventionin Las Vegas.

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The Village at Allen will take up 181 acres of the developer's400 acres, which straddle two cities. Its anchor is a $50-million eventcenter.

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[IMGCAP(2)]MGHerring also is planting 725,000 sf across themetroplex in Cedar Hill at the junction of FM 1382 and US Hwy. 67.A 265,000-sf first phase of Uptown Village at 305 W. FM 1382 willopen March 12. The developer has just updated its tenant roster,adding 86,000 sf in leases with 23 more national, regional andlocal retail names. By mid-August, lights are expected to be on in415,000 sf of retail space as the project pushes toward its 2009build-out.

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According to MGHerring's team, Uptown Village is now 70%preleased."It's a collection of quality fashion and restaurantsthat have been missing from Cedar Hill," Herring says. "It's themost prominent project to be built in the Cedar Hill area."

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Herring says the fruit of working the projects in tandem isproven in its preleasing. "It allows us to leverage one off theother and get commitments for both," he says.

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