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The Dallas Morning News reports that a huge residential development that would add thousands of homes in Ferris, Texas, which is about twenty miles south of Dallas, is in the planning stage. The 5,200-acre Woodstone development in Ellis County would bring new housing to what used to be called the "brick capital of the nation." Ferris is currently home to 3,000 people.

"It's the same distance to downtown Ferris from downtown Dallas as it is to downtown Plano," said Corey Ford of Tommy Ford Construction, which is working, on the big housing development. "If everything goes smoothly, we hope to start construction before the end of the year."

Ford said the first 71-acre portion of the Woodstone community will include buildings lots for homes and commercial sites on I-45. "We feel like the timing is good," Ford said. "We have a mayor and City Council that are pro-growth. We are going to have some starter homes but also going to have more upscale housing."

Ford said the developers are already talking to two builders who want to construct homes in the project. Plano-based Dowdy, Anderson & Associates designed the residential community. Ford said the town of Ferris has worked out a development agreement for the huge property. "A year and a half ago we started working on this and have builders interested," Ford said.

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