Wednesday, July 16, 2008

THE CITY OF FORT WORTH LOOKS TO DALLAS’ MOCKINGBIRD STATION FOR TRANSIT PROJECT INSPIRATION


Mayors of Fort Worth and Dallas, Fort Worth City Council and Transportation Authority Board to converge July 17 on North Texas’ first transit-oriented, mixed-use development

DALLAS (July 14, 2008) – City leaders from Fort Worth will visit Mockingbird Station, the pioneer of transit-oriented, mixed-use developments in Texas, this week as part of a recently initiated modern streetcar feasibility study. The Station’s developer, Ken Hughes, will take Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief, as well as members of the Fort Worth City Council, Fort Worth Transportation Authority Board, and the City’s Modern Streetcar Study Committee on a tour of the property July 17 beginning at 10 a.m. Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert also will be on hand to deliver remarks on how Mockingbird Station has influenced development around DART stations.

Participants will arrive on the DART rail line shortly before 10 a.m. Following the guided tour, the group will gather at Trinity Hall Restaurant & Pub at 10:30 a.m. for Mayor Leppert’s welcome address, in addition to a TOD presentation by Hughes and a DART message about Dallas’ ongoing downtown streetcar project.
“Fort Worth is experiencing explosive growth which, along with economic and environmental factors, is necessitating the development of alternate means of transportation,” said Mayor Moncrief. “The T is implementing a regional commuter rail project that will connect us to the regional rail network. As we consider other rail transit to provide circulation within our City that connects with that regional network, Mockingbird Station offers us a terrific template for blending residential, retail and office space near that.”

This event, adds Hughes, reinforces how Mockingbird Station has become the model for transit-oriented, mixed-use developments in the Metroplex and throughout the United States. The Station hosted a mobile workshop in May in conjunction with the Urban Land Institute’s Spring Council Forum. Last month, representatives with the Tampa Bay Area Rapid Transit Authority toured the property for inspiration as they expand and develop around their own light rail system.

“We are pleased to welcome our Western neighbors to Mockingbird Station and to demonstrate the positive impact our property has had in Dallas,” said Pam Baker, general manager of Mockingbird Station. “We hope this visit will provide Fort Worth with beneficial insights they can use to ensure the overarching and far-reaching success of their own transit project.”

About Mockingbird Station

Mockingbird Station became an instant urban village success upon completion in 2001, mixing architectural styles and unprecedented amenities to create a lively atmosphere unlike any other development in North Texas. Blending lifestyle, work and retail with mass transit in a ten-acre pedestrian friendly site, the Station is filled with 198,000 square feet of both boutique and chain retailers and restaurants, plus the Angelika – an eight-screen independent theater. In addition, it is home to 211 loft-style apartments and 150,000 square feet of office space. Its convenient location at the northeast corner of Mockingbird Lane and North Central Expressway, adjacent to a DART station, make Mockingbird Station equally appealing to motorists and rail commuters. In addition to valet parking, there are 1,500 surface level and covered below-ground parking spaces, with direct platform access to Red and Blue Line trains that run every 10-20 minutes. On-the-gocasual and world-class cuisine can be had at Mockingbird Station, along with a unique retail experience ranging from favorite chains to eclectic boutiques. For more information, visit www.mockingbirdstation.com.

About Hughes Development LP
Hughes Development creates, owns and leases major transit-oriented, retail and residential projects, including the in-construction SoSeven, Fort Worth’s first high-end, mixed-use development. Through a dedication to the enhancement of communities, the use of thoughtful planning processes, and an appreciation of architecture, Hughes Development LP has earned a reputation as one of the premier development firms in the country. To learn more, visit www.hughesdevelopmentlp.com.