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Monday, December 10, 2012
Design firm behind NorthPark expansion hired to master-plan the 400 acres between Valley View Center and the Galleria
Valley View Center back in 1982, when its parking lot was always full
In October, the Dallas City Council signed off on spending $250,000 in public-private grant money to study redeveloping the 400 or so acres stretching from Valley View Center to the Galleria; said Mayor Mike Rawlings just before that vote, “This is a very important decision and strategy for the city of Dallas. It’s important work.” Now we know to whom that check will be written: Omniplan, the Woodall Rodgers Freeway-based architecture and urban-design firm responsible for, among other things, the NorthPark Center expansion, Galleria and Highland Park Village redos and various new buildings on the SMU and TCU campuses.
That announcement was made this morning by the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce, which will dispense the city’s economic development grant. The chamber has also set the date for the first of two proposed public meetings concerning the project: 6 p.m. on December 10 in the Westin Galleria Dallas’ San Antonio Room. The chamber, which at one time was in talks with HKS, says the plan should be finished by spring of next year.
Says the release:
The outcome of Omniplan’s efforts will be a comprehensive area-wide plan that will include land use, utility infrastructure, density, property mix, green space, transportation and other considerations for the long term redevelopment of those portions of the site that are, at present, underutilized. Tipton Housewright, princip
al with Omniplan, commented, “The Midtown District is extremely important to the future of North Dallas. Omniplan is very excited to partner with the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce and the City of Dallas, working together to create a new vision for this strategic district.”
will recall, a big hunk of it — Valley View Center — is owned by Beck Ventures, which has proposed tearing down some of the mall. Or maybe all of it. Depends now on what Omniplan proposes and the city signs off on. Because, as the release notes, the plan “is expected to be used by the City of Dallas as reference for future planning, zoning, infrastructure and related issues that will foster future development within the area. ”By Robert Wilonsky