Last week, Todd Interests showed plans for a new downtown neighborhood called East Quarter. It’s north of the Dallas Farmers’ Market and west of US Highway 75 from Deep Ellum (think of the Magnolia service station at Commerce Street and Cesar Chavez Boulevard as the tip of a redevelopment arrow heading west towards the Statler).
For once, this isn’t the typical Dallas story of bulldozers and tear-stained preservationists. The reason being that Todd Investments’ plan is to renovate over two dozen buildings, including 18 brick structures from the 1920s and 1930s, into offices, restaurants and retail spaces. The only angst for the project is, as the Dallas Morning News reported, “The builder is looking at adding residential projects on some of the vacant lots included in the deal.”
I hope they do more than look. (more…)