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There’s a new project in the works designed to fulfill Collin County’s growing office market demands: Called FarmWorks One, it’ll be a three-story office building at The Farm in Allen, the mixed-use project at the southeast corner of Sam Rayburn Tollway and Alma Drive.
A ground-breaking by JaRyCo, an Allen-based developer, took place on August 8; according to a release, it’ll be finished in July 2024.
The building will be fortuitously located: across from The Farm’s Central District and walking distance from dining, retail, and entertainment venues including The Hub, which opened last year; the newly opened West Lake Park, which features a 1.5-acre lake; and High 5 and Chicken N Pickle, both coming soon to The Farm’s Central District.
JaRyCo president Bruce Heller says that FarmWorks One adds the office component to The Farm in Allen, which already has residential, restaurant, and entertainment portions, creating “a truly walkable place to live, work, and play” in Collin County.
FarmWorks One includes a number of state-of-the-art features designed for today’s office environment, including:
- outdoor ground-level workspace and amenity spaces
- balconies on every office floor equipped with electricity and Wi-Fi for outside work
- Touchless features, extend from the parking garage to the elevators to the restrooms and tenant suites
- Oversized stairs to reduce elevator use and promote exercise
- HVAC systems with high-efficiency air filtration and ionization treatment, to promote a healthier environment
Dan Bowman, CEO of Allen Economic Development Corporation, says that creative workspaces like these encourage employees to return to the office, stating that “this building is part of a trend that will help redefine work-life balance for the modern employee.”
At completion, The Farm in Allen is planned to have 1.6 million square feet of office space, 142,000 square feet of retail, a 150-key hotel, 60,000 square feet of restaurants, 112 townhomes, and 2,400 urban residential units. The 135-acre development will also promote nature with a 1.5-acre lake, boardwalk restaurants, more than 2.5 miles of hike and bike trails, a 16-acre greenbelt along Watters Creek, and four additional park areas.