As home building booms, Celina ISD takes over the yard to ‘prepare for the future’

Another prime property in Celina has changed hands.

Builders and developers are purchasing thousands of acres for new residential communities in the Celina area.

And to prepare for all the new roofs, the Celina Independent School District has grabbed an 80+ acre site just east of the route of the planned Dallas North Tollway expansion.

Celina’s northwest property is located east of Centurion American’s Legacy Hills development, which is slated for more than 7,000 single-family homes.

“The district has been very proactive in planning and acquiring school sites to better serve the community as Celina experiences tremendous single-family home development,” said realtor Rex Glendenning, who handled the sale. “The district currently operates one high school, but has acquired two future high school sites since 2020 and is in the process of acquiring a fourth future site.

“As I have learned in my 40 years in land brokerage, good school systems are the backbone of any great community.”

Celina was one of North Texas’ top residential construction markets in 2021 with more than 1,500 single-family home starts, according to data from Residential Strategies Inc.

Over the past year, builders have acquired land in Celina and surrounding Denton and Collin counties to build thousands more homes.

Glendenning and Caleb Lavey of Rex Real Estate negotiated the sale of the land on FM 455.

“We recognize that the growth we have anticipated for years is now upon us and we must prepare for the future,” Celina Independent School District Superintendent Tom Maglisceau said in a statement.