Feature Photo (above): Construction workers put the finishes touches on The Mark at Midway Park in the summer of 2017. The developers are ready for Phase 2, a second multifamily development to be constructed next to it. Image: Google Streets.
by Adolfo Pesquera
Dallas (Dallas County) — Commodore Partners Ltd., the developers of The Mark at Midtown Park, returns to the Dallas City Plan Commission today to get a development plan approved for a five-story, luxury multifamily development plan that will have at least 307 units.
The April 4 afternoon meeting was also scheduled to consider a request by Persist Investment Corp. and Pearl Investment Corp. to construct an apartment building one block south on a 6.4-acre tract, (see Pearl Hospitality below for details). However, staff requested the case be postponed to the May 16 regular session.
Alta Midtown Park, (aka Midtown Lofts Addition):
Prepared by Kimley-Horn & Associates Inc., the site plan, dated Feb. 8, refers to a 4.51-acre tract that has frontage along Manderville Lane and is roughly a half block south of Midtown Boulevard.
The tract is generally triangular in shape and the building is configured accordingly. The project name is Alta Midtown Park, but the legal name on the plat is Midtown Lofts Addition.
The development plan for Alta Midtown Park, a Commodore Partners Ltd. luxury apartment midrise project. Courtesy: City of Dallas public records.
The structure footprint area occupies 43.1 percent of the tract and the gross square footage is 467,000 SF.
Access to the site will be by way of private roads that front the tract on the north and west boundaries and lead directly to Manderville Lane, Midtown Boulevard and the North Central Expressway frontage road.
The building will have a maximum height of 75 feet and a seven-level garage wrapped inside the west section of the building will have a maximum height of 70 feet.
This is Phase 2 of a planned development. The Mark at Midtown Park, which faces North Central Expressway, is on the adjacent tract. The Mark opened for leasing in 2017.
According to the staff report, City Council approved zoning in 2013 “as a conceptual planned development district and requires City Plan Commission approval of a development plan prior to the issuance of a building permit for each phase of the development.”
While the development plan schematic states this is a 307-unit building, city staff noted that Commodore Partner Ltd. “is proposing 367 dwelling units … the site provides 439 parking spaces.” The Mark, by comparison, is smaller in height (four stories) and scale (274 units).
Commodore Partners is a private equity firm owned by Westcott LLC of the Carl Westcott family. They held a groundbreaking in November 2015 for The Mark at Midtown Park, a luxury apartment community. The Mark was designed by BGO Architects, with interior design by Faulkner Design Group, and constructed by Balfour Beatty Construction.
Coincidentally, the Commodore Partners’ project is next door to the tract where Southwest Transplant Alliance is constructing its new headquarters. VBX reported last October that STA was preparing to start construction on their facility at the lot that faces the corner of Midtown and Manderville.
Location of the proposed Alta at Midtown Park (aka Midtown Lofts Addition). Google Map/Graphics by Adolfo Pesquera.
The Westcotts are also the developers of Alta 289, a mixed-use multifamily, hotel and fitness club project underway in Plano.
This is a request for a Mixed Use District with deed restrictions. Persist Investment and Pearl Investment propose to construct a mixed-use development on vacant land on two contiguous lots that are midway between Meadow Road and Blair Road, with frontage along Manderville Lane.
“The applicant expects to construct a four-story, mixed-use building with a parking structure and anticipates density to be approximately 73 units per acre (about 460 units), consisting of a mix of one- and two-bedroom units. The proposed deed restrictions limit certain uses and require multifamily new construction to adhere to urban design standards,” the staff report states.
City Plan Commission had this case on the March 7 agenda and postponed it then to give the developers more time to meet with surrounding property owners. Staff commented favorably on the project, noting it is within a quarter-mile of the DART Walnut Hill Light Rail Station, “which makes this site an optimal location for mixed-use development.”