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Monte Anderson

Options Real Estate Investments, Inc
Dallas, TX
Monte Anderson is the President of Options Real Estate, a multi-service real estate company specializing in creating sustainable neighborhoods in southern Dallas and northern Ellis counties in Texas. Since 1984 he has concentrated solely on improving the living and working environments in these communities where he was born and raised. Monte is an outspoken and frequently recognized advocate for policies and practice to serve urban neighborhoods.

In the Trinity River Corridor of Dallas, he is responsible for the renovation of the historic Belmont
Hotel, a 68-room motor court hotel with restaurant and bar which was the recipient of Preservation Dallas and Preservation Texas awards. Surrounding the Belmont, Monte helped develop a more complete neighborhood with a range of projects including housing, a photography studio, animal hospital, fitness center, dog park, and restaurants. Also in Dallas, he repurposed Tyler Station, a blighted 1930’s manufacturing plant, into a transit oriented co-working facility, reconnecting the iconic property with its adjacent neighborhoods. Both projects have been recognized with the North Texas Council of Governments’ CLIDE Award.

In Duncanville, Texas, Monte has been a formal partner with the City to advance economic and real estate development in over a decade of activity. He has partnered with or assisted many
entrepreneurs to increase the number of owner occupied buildings on Main Street. With over two dozen projects in the largely one story downtown area, his work reintroduced mixed-use buildings in this first ring suburb for the first time in several decades. He co-founded the DuncanSWITCH monthly market in order to create a pipeline of startup businesses to grow the economic health of the core business district. Monte was also instrumental in conversion of an abandoned Kmart to a tortilla manufacturing facility and Mexican restaurant. The Main Street project is also a CLIDE Award winner.

In Midlothian, Texas, Monte is incrementally building MidTowne Midlothian, a 131-acre mixed-use, traditional neighborhood development over a 25 year period. This is a multi-generational development connecting schools, parks, and small retail buildings with multigenerational housing. MidTowne has also been recognized with a CLIDE Award.

Monte is a past President of the Oak Cliff Foundation, the entity that restored the historic Texas
Theatre in Dallas. He served as president and founding member of the North Texas Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism and is also a founding member and senior faculty member of the Incremental Development Alliance, a group dedicated to training small developers nationwide to strengthen their own neighborhoods thru incremental development.
In his spare time Monte spends time playing with his grandchildren, his cats, and listening to rap