Friday, June 15, 2007

New Downtown Dallas Happenings

CITY COUNCIL APPROVES DEVELOPMENT OF THE TOWER PETROLEUM BUILDING
On June 13, the Dallas City Council approved the TIF Reimbursement and Tax Abatement Amendment for the development of the Tower Petroleum/1900 Pacific Project. The project includes residential and hotel developments, which would be great catalysts for other development of the Pacific Avenue area. The developer, Pillar Group, plans to name the hotel flag as well as other details of the project by the end of this calendar year.

CALATRAVA BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION STARTS TODAY
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will begin work on the $69.6 million Woodall Rodgers Extension (Spur 366) known as the Calatrava Bridge, over the Trinity River today, Thursday, June 14, 2007.
The equipment crane was assembled early this week, drilling equipment arrived Tuesday, the rebar steel arrived on the job site Wednesday and work begins Thursday - pending no rain, of course! - according to Enrique Guillen, TxDOT’s Central Dallas Area Office Project Engineer.
“Friday for sure,” he said. “Williams Brothers, the contractor, will begin drilling shafts at 7 a.m. and the good news is that we won’t interfere with traffic for the next two years!”
The anticipated completion date for this Phase I work which goes from the east levee of the Trinity River to the west levee is Summer 2009. When completed the bridge will be .366 miles long and six-lanes wide.
Phase II construction addresses the remainder of the project which connects the Calatrava Bridge at both ends to existing roadways. TxDOT anticipates this work beginning in Spring 2008.


GRAND OPENING OF PULSE

Get ready for Pulse, a full service, world class, hip fitness center that opened at Mosaic this week! The 8,500 square foot facility features towel service, personal trainers, spin classes and much more. Pulse offers monthly memberships as well as corporate memberships. There are no contracts or cancellation fees, and it's the only membership in Dallas that allows you to workout at both CBD and Uptown locations!
Want to get fit for the summer? Visit http://www.pulsefitnessclub.com/.
Also, go by and check out the new uber-stylish Mosaic sign, just placed on the Akard side of the building this week!


STREETSCAPE EXTENSION PROJECTS

The North/South streetscape extension improvements started last year are designed to enhance the pedestrian experience and combined with other TIF improvements, encourage more retail opportunities in the downtown core area.The latest portion of the project will provide improved pedestrian corridors between the Arts District/Nasher Sculpture Garden, West End areas and the Transit Mall through streetscape improvements. The streetscape improvements will include ADA upgrades, sidewalk brick pavers, decorative terrazzo panels near intersections, landscaping. ornamental fencing at parking lots, benches and enhanced lighting. $8.6 million is funded for the project with 2003 Capital Improvement Bond funds and design by the City Center Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District.Specific locations include: Akard Street-Ross Avenue to Bryan Street; Field Street-Ross Avenue to Pacific Avenue; Ervay Street-Ross Avenue to Pacific Avenue; St. Paul Street-Ross Avenue to Bryan Street; Harwood Street-Ross Avenue to Bryan Street. Check out what has already been done!