On Thursday, September 6, the Dallas Parks and Recreation Board will evaluate the landscape design for Teixeira Duarte’s by right high-rise at 3407 North Hall Street. The lot has an interesting history of ownership and failed deals – including the Renaissance condo developer not buying the parcel when he had the chance. Teixeira Duarte (TD) has been secretive about their plans since they stopped meeting with neighbors concerning their other site at Hood Street and Dickason Avenue back in July 2016.

A lot has happened financially to TD since 2016. First, they’ve not posted any 2018 quarterly reports on their website. Second, their business volume (revenue) was €1.412 billion in fiscal year 2015, by 2017 it had fallen to €1.036 billion with resulting profitability down as well (one wonders about 2018). The decreases in their business may have played a part in their stalling construction and eventually deciding to avoid protracted negotiations with the Oak Lawn Committee and City Hall by constructing by right.

Even though a by right project, the Hall Street property requires approval by the Parks and Recreation Board because the parcel is within the Turtle Creek Environmental Corridor. And because Parks and Recreation only cares about landscape plans, because it sits above an underground parking garage, the packet is light on images

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Homage to The Melrose (“oops” on all those cars in the rendering … foreshadowing?)

Last night’s Oak Lawn Committee meeting was a little more precise with their Robert’s Rules than prior meetings.  Given the past few tense months (here, here), I’m not surprised that precision is being used to combat disruption. However, while not disruptive, one member seemed hell-bent on chucking the evening’s projects through the chute by calling for a vote on both projects presented with his first breath.  Presenting projects and gaining support from the OLC isn’t a race nor a duty to be dispatched.

The first project is so far known as 2929 Oak Lawn Avenue, but Dallas folks will know it as the awful Office Depot next to the historic Melrose Hotel. The hotel, originally known as the Melrose Court Apartment and Hotel was built in 1924 and granted Dallas Landmark status in 1983.  Prior to the hotel, the corner was the homestead of the Mellersh farm.

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It’s difficult to be in two places at once.  That’s what a reporter’s contacts are for. In addition to last night’s Pink Wall towers’ meeting at the Athena, the Oak Lawn Committee held their monthly clambake (their first since the Lincoln Katy Trail ordeal).

As if to bookend that contention, Prescott arrived with their proposal to redevelop 5.5 acres on Turtle Creek sandwiched between The Mansion on Turtle Creek and the Turtle Creek Gardens condos.  The site at 2727 Turtle Creek is the former home of Republic Insurance.

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