Dallas: Mix-Use Apartment-Supermarket Project Planned Near Arts District
Feature Photo (above): A sectional view looking toward downtown of the land targeted for a grocery-apartment complex-parking garage development. Image: Google Streets.
by Eileen Pace
Dallas (Dallas County) — An Augusta, Georgia developer is involved in a development on land near the Arts District owned by the Kroger Company that would include a supermarket and apartment community.
Kroger Texas LP bought the land, more than 5.4 acres, from the Dallas Housing Authority in 2015. The company’s intention then was to create a mixed-use supermarket-apartment midrise complex.
Kroger proceeded with a rezoning request to create a special purpose district that would allow multifamily with commercial retail. The case bounced around at City Hall all through 2016 and by January 2017 was ultimately approved by City Council. But since then, nothing has occurred and the land has remained undeveloped. The land, as is, has a market value of almost $9.5 million.
Dallas Central Appraisal District map of the Kroger property.
The property is northwest of the North Hall Street and Flora Street intersection and continues northwest up Hall to Cochran Street. It would be an ideal location for a high density multifamily project with a grocery. The site is directly across Hall Street from the Modera Hall Street community and directly across Flora from Icon at Ross.
The west boundary fronts Watkins Avenue and a portion of the North Central Expressway access road.
Georgia-based Southeastern Development is now involved with the project, but it is unclear whether Kroger will still be the grocer. However, Kroger still owns the land, according to county property appraisal records.
On Feb. 11, O’Brien Architects of Dallas registered a project with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, listing Southeastern Development as the project owner. The concept as described is very similar to a deal Tom Thumb is doing with Greystar on land roughly five blocks south of the Kroger property; that project went into construction in 2019 and is now pre-leasing as The Gabriella.
The filing states the development, to be named One City View, will include an 85,178-square-foot grocery store with a 375-unit apartment complex, space for a leasing office and tenant amenities, and a 318,323-square-foot parking garage sufficient for 779 vehicles.
According to the original zoning application, the grocery store was to be limited to a height of 54 feet for one story and a mezzanine.
O’Brien estimated a project cost of $60 million. Construction was expected to begin April 1 and reach completion by Jan. 31, 2022.
The 85,178-square-foot grocery store gives Kroger a larger presence in the downtown area, where it already has a Kroger Fresh Fare store. It has nearby competition from numerous large and small grocery stores, including Tom Thumb, Whole Foods Market, Aldo, Sprouts, Target and Walmart Neighborhood Market.
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