3,000-acre development coming to Grayson/Collin county line

GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. (KXII) - A 3,000 acre residential and commercial community, called 'Mantua' is coming to Texoma. It will be off US Highway 75, with half in Anna and the other half in Van Alstyne, Texas.

Developers have already broken ground on phase one of Mantua, called 'Mantua Point,' in Van Alstyne.

The development will stretch thousands of acres, with plans for thousands of single family homes and both commercial and retail space.

"This is a really exciting opportunity," said Anna Mayor Nate Pike. "The Mantua project is close to 3,000 acres that will be shared between Anna and Van Alstyne, so it's a pretty unique project from the standpoint that the development will occur."

Pike said a project of this magnitude is a direct result of the amount of growth in recent years. He says Anna is the fourth fastest growing city in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

"That growth is here in Anna. It's approaching Van Alstyne and surely making its way into Grayson County," Pike said.

Michael Hanschen with Risland US Holdings, the home-building company spearheading the project, says the company plans to keep 25 miles dedicated to biking and hiking trails inside the community.

"Ultimately our hope is that this area can become something of a center of commerce in North Texas," Hanschen said.

Bill Heilman, who lives on nearby acres said he's concerned for what the developments could mean for his properties.

"It's going to be different. Change is change, and that's all there is to it," Heilman said.