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CityLine Among Five North Texas Developments Recognized in CLIDE Awards

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The master plan for CityLine in Richardson.

 

Posted: June 26, 2017, 1:27 p.m.

by Adolfo Pesquera

Arlington (Tarrant County) - CityLine and the Village of Rowlett were among five developments in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area to be recognized last week with CLIDE Awards.

The Center of Development Excellence, a program of the North Central Texas Council of Governments, gives the biennial awards to promote sustainable development that protects habitat diversity, supports quality of life and public health, and reduces vehicle miles traveled. CLIDE stands for Celebrating Leadership In Development Excellence.

The 2017 award recipients for New Development are:

CityLine - a public-private partnership between the City of Richardson, Trammell Crow Company, KDC, Transwestern, and Zale Corson Group Inc.

Village of Rowlett - a P3 between the City of Rowlett, Catalyst Urban Development LLC, and Integral Development.

The recipient for a Redevelopment project is Tyler Station - a P3 between the City of Dallas, Options Real Estate Investments Inc., Old Oak Cliff Conservation League, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Elmwood Neighborhood Association, and the Polk-Vernon Neighborhood.

The recipients for Special Development are:

East Rosedale Renaissance, a P3 between the City of Fort Worth, Texas Wesleyan University, Freese and Nichols Inc., and the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County.

Lewisville Old Town-Wayne Ferguson Plaza, City of Lewisville.

Recognition was also given in the Raising Public Awareness category to the Texas Trees Foundation and Dallas Independent School District for their Cool Schools Project, and to the Greater Dallas Planning Council.

In the Public Policy and Planning category, the City of Fort Worth, Berry Street Initiative, Texas Christian University and FWTA were recognized for the Berry/University Development Plan and Form-Based Code; and the City of Dallas, Kimley-Horn and Texas Department of Transportation were recognized for the drafting of the Complete Streets Design Manual.

The Center for Development Excellence summaries on the development projects reads as follows:

CityLine is a dynamic development that rapidly took shape as a dense, transit-oriented neighborhood. Comprising a regional employment center; 1,900 luxury apartments, townhomes and houses; extensive retail, restaurant and entertainment options; and a diversity of recreational amenities, CityLine is woven together by a coherent network of walkable streets and multi-use trails.

CityLine's physical form is organized as two distinct districts—a compact, walkable urban core of approximately 120 acres and a more conventionally suburban periphery, about 80 additional acres, that buttresses the urban center while accommodating a less dense transition to nearby single family neighborhoods. CityLine provides pedestrian-friendly facilities throughout the development through a network of broad, sidewalks and multi-use trails.

 

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The Village of Rowlett is the realization of the City's downtown strategic redevelopment plan enacted in 2012. This $40M development is being implemented through a public/private partnership that expands the downtown into a series of walkable streets and open spaces defined by unique mixed-use and mixed-density residential buildings.


The transit-oriented development plan creates a new street grid with high quality streetscapes that integrate the existing DART light rail station, includes the new central library for the City, restaurants with outdoor dining along Main Street, and a range of new housing types including 3-story lofts, ground level live/work units, 2 story bungalow court homes, and 2 story townhomes.

The design is based on an agrarian urbanism concept that incorporates agri-industrial architectural forms, is organized around a large central community garden and preserves large stands of existing trees and wetlands. The development will be truly unique within DFW as example of a sustainable, high-design, new development that is fully integrated into its historic context to create a new center of community and activity for this suburban City with an identity all to its own.

 

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Tyler Station is the private renovation of a 1920's industrial property, originally occupied by Dixie Wax Paper Company, into a light manufacturing, retail and office co-working community. The idea to house a community of multi-purpose industrial, retail, and office users was born while searching for a buyer for 1300 S Polk Street in Dallas.

Monte Anderson and his Options Real Estate team knew this iconic building had a better future than the landfill. With vision, experience, and financial creativity, the right team was assembled and Tyler Station LLC began its journey in May 2016. At 110,000 square feet, Tyler Station will provide an entrepreneurial workplace destination while connecting the DART light rail Tyler Vernon Station to the neighborhoods of Elmwood and Polk-Vernon.

The first success was to save the building. Tyler Station is currently 50 percent complete and 20 percent occupied with pre-leases signed for 70 percent occupancy. They plan for Tyler Station to be very successful, provide return on investment to the partners and to be a destination along the southern Dallas DART Railline.

 

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Fort Worth's East Rosedale Street connects a population of approximately 12,000 to the City's downtown to the west and to the neighboring City of Arlington on the east. The East Rosedale Renaissance project was intended to leverage a road improvement project to revitalize a commercial sector and attract new businesses. The university's role included four key pieces:

  • A "front door" to the university, including a new entryway, clock tower, reflecting pool and promenade style sidewalks.
  • The United Methodist Church Central Texas Conference Services Center, which will be home to the bishop's offices.
  • The soon-to-be renovated Polytechnic Firehouse, which will be home to the art department.
  • A $1.8 milllion investment in the streets adjacent to campus, that leverages $32 million in street improvements along East Rosedale.

The East Rosedale project is located in the Polytechnic Heights neighborhood and is bounded by regional highways – I-30 on the north, U.S. Highway 287 along the southeast edge, and East Loop 820 on the east.

Rosedale has long served as a Main Street for the area's diverse population, anchored by Texas Wesleyan University (TWU), Polytechnic High School, and several churches and retail centers along the south side of the street. In recent years, Polytechnic Heights has been the focus of both public and private projects dubbed The East Rosedale Renaissance.

Working with residents, TWU, Tarrant County, Fort Worth Public Art, and business leaders, the City of Fort Worth and the design team produced a design and construction program that helped improve traffic flow, increase traffic safety, enable more and safer pedestrian activity, enhanced the area's appearance, improved drainage particularly in the area's largest park, incorporates public art, and moves the Polytechnic Heights neighborhood closer to its vision as a center for urban life.

 

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The Wayne Ferguson Old Town Plaza is a 1.5-acre urban park and community gathering place located in the heart of Old Town Lewisville. The plaza sits across the street from Lewisville City Hall and the Medical City of Lewisville Grand Theater and is adjacent to the historic Main Street commercial district.

The plaza was originally known as the Old Town Plaza but was named the Wayne Ferguson Plaza with the dedication ceremony held on October 13, 2015. The Plaza is a place-specific gathering site that harmonizes environmental stewardship, economic development, and a commitment to the arts—and strengthens Old Town as a destination for both locals and visitors. Lewisville had invested in reestablishing itself in Old Town through the construction of a new City Hall in 2002. Existing improvements to Main Street were helping to identify character and enhance the pedestrian environment.

The Plaza has become the heart of Lewisville and a place for community. The Plaza hosts numerous events throughout the year that bring visitors both local and from afar to the Lewisville. The bigger events that throughout the year have an impressive economic benefit to the City.

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adolfo@virtualbx.com


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Adolfo Pesquera
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adolfo@virtualbx.com

Adolfo Pesquera 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.