Coppell Deals for Amazon.com Center, Performing Arts Hall, Retail Center
by Adolfo Pesquera
Coppell (Dallas Co.) – Coppell City Council agreed to tax break agreements for a new Amazon.com distribution center, an architectural contract for a $12 million performing arts center, and a zoning change for a new retail center.
Amazon.com plans to open its third “fulfillment center” in Coppell. The incentive package voted on Jan. 10 was for a rebate of business personal property taxes and sales taxes, once the center begins collecting revenue.
This will be a sorting facility for small packages and is located at 2701 W. Bethel Road, about a block west of the non-sorting facility that Amazon.com already has in operation.
The distribution center will be in a 1,006,00-square-foot warehouse that is currently being constructed on land controlled by the DFW International Airport. Once in operation, the center will employ 1,000 people during normal operations and considerably more during the holiday season.
New Performing Arts Center
Council approved a phased-in $167,250 agreement with Corgan Inc. for a schematic design for a new Coppell Arts Center. Council began the process by considering a renovation and expansion of the existing Theatre Coppell. That process took a full year before the council opted in October 2016 instead to build a new performing arts center.
City Council opted not to renovate the existing Theatre Coppell, and will construct a new arts center.
The concept is for Corgan to produce a concept for a 22,425-square-foot center that will include three main spaces: a Block Box/Flexible Theater, a Performance Hall/Space, and a multi-purpose space for rehearsals and community uses, and a parking lot.
The main performance hall is expected to seat 320 spectators. The Flex theater should seat 200.
The estimated budget for this project is about $12 million. This includes design, construction, a construction management and contingency.
In the event City Council moves forward with Phase II, Corgan’s fee for full design development and construction documents is an additional $264,000, City Manager Mike Land said. Total cost for the design, construction documents and Corgan’s services through the construction phase was put at $1,058,500.
There was no discussion on an exact project site, however, Land discussed placement in the Old Town Coppell district and incorporating it as a key entertainment component of the city’s mixed-use development concept for the town center.
Retail Center Expansion
Woodside Village illustration by NCA Partners
Leon Capital Group, the developer of the Woodside Village retail center at the northwest corner of North Denton Tap Road and West Sandy Lake Road, was before council to change zoning on the land from Commercial to Planned Development 285 Commercial.
There has been a shopping center in existence on the corner since the 1980s and it is anchored by a Sprouts Farmers Market. A 9.4 acre vacant tract exists adjacent to the west boundary and it has been the of the community for some time that this would also be developed for retail.
Two buildings would be construction, but set far back from Sandy Lake. Building A will be 17,900 square feet and divided into a 2,007-square-foot restaurant with 289-square-foot patio and retail tenants with 6,087 square feet and 9,842 square feet, respectively.
Building B will by 12,900 square feet total and divided for three tenants: a restaurant with 2,972 square feet and a 340-square-foot patio, a retail site with 4,348 square feet and a retail site with 5,518 square feet.
There would be a private road with access from Sandy Lake and it would circle around the development and also link to the existing shopping center. There will be an additional 24 parking spaces on the west end.
Adolfo Pesquera (Reporter/Editor) is a veteran news journalist. He has worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines across the USA. He is a journalism graduate of UT-RGV. He writes, edits and creates digital pages for VBX.