A new Dallas development is expected to invigorate the Uptown neighborhood by bringing housing, retail and offices into an adjacent space to a newly built park.
Park District will feature a residential high-rise, an office building and a plaza to connect the two with a local park. The development is a joint-venture between Trammell Crow Company and MetLife.
The residential tower, which is being developed by High Street Residential (a subsidiary of Trammell Crow), will include 255 apartment units and 13,000 square feet of retail space while the office building will feature 502,000 square feet of office space and 9,000 square feet of retail at the base.
While the Residences at Park District building will have luxury finishes and common space amenities, including valet and concierge services, the views and access to the park are what differentiate the project, says Joel Behrens, principal in Trammell Crow’s Dallas office.
“We don’t believe there’s a better location in any part of Texas for a project of this scale,” he says.
The District's Park
Klyde Warren Park is a 5-acre greenspace built on a recessed highway. It opened in 2012 and serves as a connector to Uptown and the Dallas Arts District. The new Park District development plays off the park’s overwhelming success by providing residents more ways to interact with the attraction.
The amenity deck of the apartment building will offer a poolside view of the park and the city skyline.
A ground-level plaza is also being designed to connect with the park and invite the public to enjoy the new plaza. Restaurants and retail in both buildings should keep the area humming with activity, Behrens says.
“It’s not just a place that people that work there and people that live there can experience,” he says. “We’ve created a place that anyone in Dallas can experience and enjoy.”
Although the entire Park District project is being designed by HKS Architects, the park's architect, James Burnett, will be working on the new plaza to help connect the feeling of the plaza to the essence of the park, Behrens says.
“We create a ground plane that takes cues from the environment,” he says. “We didn’t want those two things to be contrasting. I love how we’ve executed the ground plan design and created retail and restaurant space that interacts with and faces the park.”
Developers expect to break ground this year and will seek LEED certifications for both buildings.