Prairie Commons is situated on native land that was once part of tall grass prairie. This treeless place, once called Long Prairie, is of immense historic and cultural importance to Flower Mound.
Nearly a mile wide by 4 miles in length, Long Prairie lies in an ecological transition from the once expansive 12 million acre Blackland Prairie …to the Cross Timbers forests of north central Texas. Holford’s Prairie, Grapevine Prairie, Grand Prairie and Ft Worth Prairie once sat in close proximity, separated by oak savannas, wooded creeks and deep forests of the Cross Timbers.
Less than .004 of 1% of the Blackland Prairie remains today. Though Texas is the largest prairie state, we have the least conserved acres. The Mound, for which our Town is named, is 12 sacred acres that were never plowed. Located just 1 mile south of Prairie Commons, The Mound is a rare fraction of protected native Blackland Prairie.
Flower Mound’s earliest pioneers settled on Long Prairie. Texas’s tall grass prairies were highly productive and sustained our earliest agricultural beginnings of the present day economy. The historic Flower Mound Presbyterian Church was built to the southeast. The historic Grant-Gibson Cabin was built on the far west end of this prairie.
Prairie Commons is honored to rebuild and restore remnants of Long Prairie within a functional living landscape serving the development. Native prairie grasses and wildflowers, some harvested on other nearby Texas prairie remnants, form the basis of our pollinator and rain gardens. Low Impact Development principles, Dark Sky Lighting, Rainwater Harvesting and other meritorious and sustainable features are incorporated throughout. Prairie Commons is an exemplary flagship development for sustainable, cost-effective commercial development.
The ranch type gate, cistern and authentic windmill generate immediate curiosity for those seeking relief from conventional streetscape development. Five art murals within the development tell a piece of the Long Prairie story and early days of Flower Mound. Native outdoor spaces will provide habitat, beauty and educational opportunities for generations to come.
Taken in whole, the sustainable and natural development elements provide synergy and cohesiveness to Prairie Commons. Our goal is to transmit a community message about our history, culture, and our future.
Five buildings along Yucca Drive are approved for office condominiums with professional office uses. Two larger buildings to the west are approved for office/retail uses.
Less than 1% of the Blackland Prairies remain today.
Prairie Commons will be Flower Mound’s exemplary flagship development for sustainable/cost effective commercial development.