Feature Photo (above): The State Farm offices at CityLine. Image: Google Streets.
by Adolfo Pesquera
Richardson (Dallas County) — The City Plan Commission approved a site plan and landscape plan submitted by developer KDC for a 131,200-square-foot data center.
- Other Commercial Projects: The architect Jack A. Romigh of Serene Builder obtained approval for a major remodel and expansion of the 4.32-acre site where a six-story Comerica Bank currently stands (see below).
KDC’s request was considered at the commission’s Nov. 20 session. The building will be located on an 8-acre lot at 1510 E. Lookout Drive south of CityLine, a KDC business park with 2.5 million square feet of leased space and 1.8 million square feet still planned.
State Farm is a major tenant in the business park and this data center will be an off-campus addition. KDC prides itself on delivering data centers on a “hyper-fast schedule.” This one is slated to open the summer of 2019.
According to a site plan prepared by Kimley Horn, the scope of the project will provide 29,800 square feet of office space and 101,400 square feet of data center space. This is a two-story structure with a maximum height (office parapet) of 35 feet.
The parking area, at 131,200 square feet, will provide space for 124 vehicles. About 12 percent of the tract, 42,340 square feet, will be landscaped with canopy trees and ornamental trees on a 40-foot buffer.
Site plan for the new State Farm data center south of CityLine. Courtesy: City of Richardson.
Serene Plaza Remodel/Expansion
The Comerica Bank tower stands on a tract of more than 4 acres and will be subdivided for new retail, office and multifamily development. Image: Google Streets.
Located at the northeast intersection of South Central Expressway and Spring Valley Road, Serene Builder (Serene Global) owns Serene Plaza LLC. At an October session of the City Plan Commission, Romigh proposed a three-phase project that will involve demolition and relocation of a drive-thru banking station in order to construction a second office/retail building and a multi-story apartment tower.
The existing 76,000-square-foot office building will also be renovated. Phase 1 consists of the drive-thru banking relocation, remodeling the existing office tower and new landscaping and paving.
The proposed site plan for the three-phase redevelopment of Serene Plaza LLC. Courtesy: Serene Builder.
Phase 2: The tract will be subdivided and on the new Tract 2 there will be built a two-story, 6,000 square feet restaurant/retail building along West Spring Valley Road and composed of stone, glass, ventilated metal panels and metal trim. It will include a roof-top deck comprised of metal tubing. There will be 2,842 square feet of open space in the form of outdoor patios.
Tract 2 will also include 21 parking spaces and two bike racks
Tract 3 will support a three-story, 12,500 square foot office/retail building, also composed of stone, glass, ventilated metal panels with metal trim and tubing. It will be complimented with 3,495 square feet of open space in the form of a plaza and have six parking spaces. In Phase 3, a proposed parking garage will provide parking sufficient for the entire development–509 spaces.
Elevations of the three-story building in Phase 2 (above), and the 14-story multifamily building (below). Courtesy: Serene Builder.
Phase 3: On 1.95 acres, there is proposed a 14-story, 398,929-square-foot building composed of brick, stone, glass, ventilated metal panels with metal trim, and concrete spandrels for the integrated four-level parking garage. The northwest portion of the building is designed with a pass-through with parking and multi-family above.
The 14-story building will include:
- 15,000 square feet of retail/lobby space on level one.
- 6,150 square feet of office on level two.
- 167,000 square feet of parking on levels three through six.
- 27,522 square feet of amenity space on level seven.
- 185,500 square feet of multifamily units (160) on levels eight through 14.
- 14,870 square feet of open space divided between the amenities level and an open plaza south of the building.
- 75 on-site parking spaces separate from the garage.
- Four bike racks.