First Residential Highrise Coming Soon to Deep Ellum District in Downtown Dallas

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The Case Building will be the first residential highrise in Deep Ellum. Photo: StreetLights

People have been calling Deep Ellum home since the late 1800s, and the historic district in downtown Dallas is entering a new era with its first residential highrise.

The 17-story, 337-unit Case Building will be the largest new real estate project ever built in Deep Ellum, located near Hall and Main streets, just south of Baylor Medical Center. Dallas-based Westdale Properties and StreetLights Residential are teaming up to develop the property.

“Deep Ellum is known for its rich art and music scene. The ability for residents to walk or bike to local galleries, music venues, restaurants, and shops fits well with Streetlights’ vision of a neighborhood-friendly urban development,” said StreetLights CEO Doug Chesnut in a statement. “The population in this area continues to grow, and StreetLights is excited to provide a building inspired by the architecture and style of Deep Ellum for this expanding community.”

The Deep Ellum district in downtown Dallas is home to a vibrant arts and entertainment scene. Photo: Steve Rainwater via Creative Commons
The Deep Ellum district is home to a vibrant arts and entertainment scene. Photo: Steve Rainwater via Creative Commons

In keeping with the industrial look and feel of the Deep Ellum area, The Case Building’s apartments will offer 10-foot concrete ceilings, exposed brick walls, and open metal shelving in the kitchens. Apartments will range in size from 500 square feet to 1,300 square feet in studio, one- and two-bedroom options.

“We anticipate this project will resonate well with Deep Ellum residents, and we look forward to seeing the finished product,” Westdale President and CEO Joe Beard said in a statement.

Local artists’ work will also be incorporated in the open office area, which will have a business lounge, conference space, and studio offices. Residents will have parking in a private, secure garage under the building.

Other amenities include a club room with coffee bar, a full-service bar, pool table, a private dining room, a dog wash station, bike storage room with bike repair equipment, and a fitness center.

Project lease-up is expected to begin in early 2017 with the first units expected to deliver in spring 2017.

This isn’t the only StreetLights developments in DFW—they’re busy with four other developments, including:

  • The McKenzie, a 22-story residential high-rise near Monticello and Cole streets, slated for completion in summer 2017
  • The Jordan, a 23-story Uptown high-rise residential development just off McKinney and Thomas avenues, with pre-leasing starting this fall
  • The Kathryn – The Canals at Grand Park, the first phase of a three-phase masterplan in Frisco, with a mix of flats and townhomes, scheduled to open in October 2016.
  • The Kelton at Clearfork, a four-story residential community in Fort Worth, newly opened and now leasing.



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  1. James says

    I was hoping for more than a regurgitated press release from Candy’s Dirt. There’s a lot of talk about whether or not this is “good” for Deep Ellum, and it really depends on your perspective. Regardless of whether or not it’s “good,” does it really fit? Not only the building design, but the height – 17 floors where the nearest structure (besides nearby Baylor) is maybe 6 or 7 floors?

    Perhaps Jon can weigh in?

    • James says

      Although I do recognize these are apartments, and not condos for sale, so I understand if it doesn’t fit here. But I do think it’s an interesting discussion as to the direction of that area and what it means to future home sales.

    • Leah Shafer says

      We plan to have future pieces that look at this more in-depth and talk to local residents about their opinions. This news just broke. I would expect that there will be a fair number of concerned folks because this is such a big change to the area. Stay tuned.

      • James says

        Fair enough – thanks for that. If you’d need any input, I just bought a studio a couple of blocks from where this will be, so I have plenty of opinions on the matter 🙂

  2. Mike says

    I think it will be good for Deep Ellum and the Baylor area, but I don’t live there.

    I do live in Uptown and the Jordan is shaping up to be one ugly building. Looks like they at least put some more money into the architecture of this one.

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