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Southeast Denton residents draw line in sand, meet with developer to fight gentrification

Railyard project

The Railyard apartment project — planned for Sycamore Street, near Prairie Street, in Southeast Denton — will bring five three-story buildings with about 320 units and 448 parking spaces to about 9 acres near Oakwood Cemetery.

Established in the 1800s, Oakwood Cemetery appears on both sides of Prairie Street and serves as a home to generations of Quakertown residents who have died in Southeast Denton, where gentrification and racism forced them to move their community 100 years ago. Many of the headstones have been weathered by time, revealing a long history and deep family roots ingrained in the Southeast Denton community.

Quakertown boarding house owners Henry and Charlotte Maddox are buried there, as are Henry Maddox’s mother and sister and about 4,500 other people, including early settlers to Denton. The state designated it a historical site in 1982.

Is Southeast Denton being gentrified?

A look at recent coverage from the Denton Record-Chronicle on the Railyard apartment project and concerns expressed by the Southeast Denton Neighborhood Association.

SEDNA meeting with Railyard Phase 1 developer

Members of the Southeast Denton Neighborhood Association (SEDNA) meet Tuesday with Dirik Oudt, center, the Railyard Phase 1 apartment developer.

CHRISTIAN McPHATE can be reached at 940-220-4299 and via Twitter at @writerontheedge.