Hunt Realty’s Northend project could include towers taller than 80 floors.
(Source: The Dallas Morning News)
Dallas’ city council has approved plans for one of the largest developments ever proposed in the downtown area.
Hunt Realty’s 11-acre Field Street project has been in the works since last year and is planned to include office, residential and hotel towers and retail space just north of Woodall Rodgers Freeway.
The proposed high-rises will surround a 1.5-acre central park. The mixed-use project could include buildings taller than 80 stories.
The complex of towers would replace the Northend Apartments, which were built in 1997.
The council approved zoning changes for the development by a unanimous vote Wednesday.
The developer agreed to plant larger trees and include more green space in the planned park and along streets in the project. And the approved plan will push buildings back farther from Houston Street on the west side.
Colin Fitzgibbons, president of Hunt Realty Investments, said that with the zoning in hand, the project could start construction as early as the second half of 2022.
“What we are trying for here is a mix of uses — a dynamic mix of retail, shops, restaurants, hotels, office buildings and of course the open space,” Fitzgibbons said. “We have retail that will face the streets, retail that will face the park.”
Hunt Realty hired the New York-based architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates to design the mixed-use development, which could have more than 3 million square feet of construction.
Council member Paul Ridley said there is strong support for the project. “This is a location right outside of the downtown central business district and Uptown that is ideal for high-density development,” he said. “It is at a location within close proximity of multiple transportation alternatives.
“It is in an area of Uptown where there is intense development pressure for higher-density development.”
Hunt Realty is pitching the ambitious project as a bridge between downtown, Uptown and Victory Park.
“I believe the hunt for a unique and exciting project for the future is over — this is the project,” said council member Carolyn King Arnold. “I was able to check off all the boxes not only with the location, but the livability, the options of the green space.”
Hunt Realty has owned the site for more than two decades.
Chris Kleinert, CEO of Hunt Investment Holdings, told the council that his firm has turned down offers to sell the property on the northwest edge of downtown.
“We wanted to hold the entire block because we knew the day would come when the timing would be right for a site so uniquely situated with its scale and size to master-plan something bold, special and unique,” Kleinert said.
He said the Field Street project Hunt Realty plans will be “an important economic driver that will bring jobs and a larger tax base that will benefit all citizens of Dallas.”
“This will be a legacy project for downtown.”