Steve Brown’s dissection of the new apartment projects in West Dallas says that this area with incredible views of downtown and the Calatrava bridge will become the next big industrial-to-residential transition in Dallas. But what impact will these 1,300 brand new apartments have on the existing infrastructure? And will this redevelopment become a model for other areas?
A constant woe of North Oak Cliff residents has been the dearth of quality retail in the area. With the opening of Cox Farms Market and the ongoing development of Sylvan|Thirty at Fort Worth and Sylvan in West Dallas, one has to wonder if developers such as Shaw are eyeing projects other than residential in this up-and-coming transition area. Add to that the popularity of Trinity Groves and plans for even more apartments in this project, well, it’s time to wonder if this area will reach critical mass soon.
While the developments will have similar amenities that you’d see in Uptown and the Design District, the rents are going to be several hundred dollars cheaper, according to Brown’s piece. And this coming on the heels of news from Lincoln Properties that the Village — a huge community of multifamily properties sandwiched between Northwest Highway and Lovers Lane, just west of Skillman street — will be completely redone in the coming years, perhaps all this talk of new urbanism and density is finally catching on north and south of the Trinity.
But the crux of the issue is smart development, building housing and retail in a way that they work together, de-emphasizing commutes between buildings and capitalizing on routines and natural proximity.
That’s best illustrated by the endcap of Brown’s piece, which may be foreshadowing what’s next for West Dallas and North Oak Cliff:
Now developers are pouring millions in new projects in the area, [developer Monte Anderson] said. “If you look at the Belmont, Sylvan Thirty and the Wood Partners deals, those total up to more than $140 million.”
Anderson is now working on several small retail buildings that will be constructed next door to the Belmont. Neighborhood leaders who’ve been pushing for redevelopment say they are happy with the progress.
“It does seem a little overwhelming at times with the number of projects at once,” said Deborah Carpenter of the Fort Worth Avenue Development Group. “Twenty-five years ago, if you had asked me if Singleton Boulevard would be a destination, I would have fallen off my chair.”
Dallas architect Larry Good, whose firm designed Wood Partners’ Commerce Street apartments and the new Cliff View, said more projects are coming in the area.
“Between West Commerce and the Trinity Groves area, it’s really happening,” Good said. “We hope there is some diversity in the housing types.
“That’s what the area needs.”
Do you agree?