The Park District is a new development planned for a 3-acre tract just north of Klyde Warren Park between Pearl and Olive streets.

The Park District is a new development planned for a 3-acre tract just north of Klyde Warren Park between Pearl and Olive streets.

Trammell Crow Company announced plans today for two separate towers on the land occupied by a Chase motor bank next to Klyde Warren Park. The development, a joint venture with MetLife, will form the self-described Park District, with structures designed by Dallas’ own HKS Architects. The Park District will include 916,000 square feet of space, including a Class A office tower, a luxury residential tower, ground-floor retail, below-grade parking, and a plaza designed by the same landscape architect that dreamed up Klyde Warren Park. All of this will sit on three acres between Pearl and Olive Streets just north of the park, and construction should start this year.

It’s a development that’s been in the works for a few years, according to MetLife’s Dallas real estate director Kurt Day.

“This project began almost ten years ago when we bought a small well-located parcel of land in Uptown,” Day said. “Uptown’s evolution and the effects of Klyde Warren Park over the last few years have been exciting, and we think Park District will raise the bar to the benefit of Uptown residents and workers.”

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You’ll recall that the Town of Highland Park has tried again and again to stop developers from constructing a mid-rise apartment building lining the Katy Trail just south of the pricey burg.

Highland Park Mayor Joel Williams said, “This is a very special, one-of-a-kind neighborhood. Thousands of people enjoy the Katy Trail and Abbott Park every year, and it’s our obligation to protect this community treasure. A seven-story, multi-family high rise building does not fit this neighborhood and violates Dallas’ own master plan.”

And still, Judge Craig Smith denied the request. Jump for more:

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Provident’s plan for a multi-family development that is adjacent to the Katy Trail has stirred up the ire of Highland Park leaders, who are now suing the City of Dallas.

As Yogi Berra aptly said, “It ain’t over til it’s over.” That’s certainly the mindset that Highland Park has taken, as the wealthy enclave has filed for an injunction against the planned redevelopment of the Saltillo Apartments in the 4700 block of Cole Ave., which was approved by the Dallas City Council in a 12-3 vote back in August. You can see the full press release from the Town of Highland Park after the jump.

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Perhaps best known as the most sought-after location for Dallas' high-society weddings, Arlington Hall at Lee Park will celebrate its 75th anniversary this weekend.

Perhaps best known as the most sought-after location for Dallas’ high-society weddings, Arlington Hall at Lee Park will celebrate its 75th anniversary this weekend.

Tomorrow, Dallas will celebrate a landmark that has stood the test of time. The jewel of Lee Park, Arlington Hall is one of the most recognizable structures in the Turtle Creek area, and this gorgeous structure will celebrate its 75th anniversary this weekend. To kick things off, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, along with councilmember Philip Kingston and several Dallas officials, will gather on the steps of the storied structure tomorrow at 11 a.m. to celebrate Arlington Hall’s anniversary. A luncheon will follow that will feature a lecture by Director Emeritus of the National Park Service, Gary Scott, who will speak on Arlington House at Arlington National Cemetery, the inspiration for Arlington Hall.

The building, which was designed by notable Dallas architect Mark Lemmon, is a two-thirds scale replica of the Arlington House, which was the home of Robert E. Lee in Arlington, Va. Restored in 2002, this structure was originally dedicated in 1939.

Of course, if you’re not attending the luncheon and celebration tomorrow, you can still go to the open house on Sunday, Oct. 26, where  docents and historians will be on hand to tell the little-known facts of Arlington Hall and its very beginnings in the city of Dallas. The event is from 1:30 – 4:30 and its open to the public.

 

 

Uptown Then and Now

For the longest time, the story of how Uptown came to be successful centered around greedy developers wanting to build towers and condos for only those who could afford it. But Patrick Kennedy of “Car Free in Big D” paints a much more nuanced picture of how Dallas’ most walkable neighborhood came about.

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0509saltillorendering Like I told you yesterday, it was showtime down at City Hall for Provident Realty Advisors’ $80 million re-development of the Saltillo Apartments on Cole Ave. on the Katy Trail. City Council Chambers were packed for this rare Highland Park defeat — I barely found a seat coming in just before the item hit the agenda, having been moved up (thank you, Jesus) by Mayor Mike Rawlings. I just had to sit through a debate over a Beer Barn drive-through. My Lord, Dallas wants to be a WALKABLE city and then we have drive-ins for folks who cannot even walk to get their beer! Actually, there was a Beer Barn in North Dallas years ago; the first time I saw the place I marvelled. In San Antonio, my son once took me to a drive-in Margarita place. They seal plastic bags over the margies so you cannot sip them, unless, of course, you do the unthinkable and OPEN THE PLASTIC SEAL IN THE CAR! I was thinking about that place today, and the old Beer Barn, and how hard it was to walk in heels in the heat, because I just knew we’d be hearing WALKABLE so darn much today my feet would hurt. (more…)

0509saltillorenderingWell, it’s been a lovely rest from the antics at 1500 Marilla but, come tomorrow, it’s show time for the folks at Provident Realty Advisors.

On Wednesday, at 1:00 p.m, the Dallas City Council meets to approve re-zoning for the new 258 unit, $80 million dollar apartment development along the Katy Trail that will replace the aging and (sorry) kind of ugly Saltillo Apartments. This debate will frame the future of Dallas development as we either increase the density of a city that has overgrown its boundaries, in appropriate neighborhoods, or let developers take their shovels to the suburbs.  (more…)

Brenda Marks Legacy of Love DefacingPhoto courtesy of Brenda Marks

Update: Let the power be with you! Brandon Meeks of OSME Power Washing Services donated his time to power wash off those nasty numbers. All gone! Anyone need a great power washer for a patio or home? Call Brandon Meeks: he has a big heart, too! Osmepower@gmail.com

You’ve got to wonder, as I always do, what lurks in the brains of people who do stuff like this?

Over the weekend, at least two spots in Oak Lawn, including the Legacy of Love Monument, a landmark for the city’s LGBT community, were defaced with red paint early Sunday morning.

At the Legacy of Love Monument, located at the intersection of Cedar Springs Road and Oak Lawn Avenue, vandals painted the numbers “666”. (more…)