Friday, August 22, 2014

Maple Avenue office tower getting $4 million makeover as part of neighborhood turnaround

The transformation taking place on Dallas’ Maple Avenue is ramping up with a major building overhaul.

Owners of the Oak Lawn Plaza office tower at Maple and Oak Lawn Avenue are going to spend almost $4 million revamping the property.

The office high-rise is right across the street from the landmark Old Parkland campus – a redevelopment where Crow Holdings has spent millions in construction. And the surrounding neighborhood is seeing a building boom with new apartments and townhouses.

And addition will expand the lobby. (Gaedeke Group)

“We think the timing is perfect for our renovation,” said Belinda Dabliz, vice president of leasing for building owner Gaedeke Group LLC. “There are a lot of positive changes happening in that area and it’s time for us to update our property.”

Built in 1983, the 8-story, 130,000-square-foot building has been owned by Gaedeke Group since 1998.
“Now it’s all dark granite and gray,” Dabliz said. “It’s going to be white and bright and crisp.”
Gaedeke Group plans to begin work on the construction project in October and plans a completion in mid-2015.

The building owner has hired award-winning Dallas-architect Morrison, Dilworth + Walls to redesign the property.

“It seemed pretty clear to me from the beginning that I needed to simplify and open up the lobby,” architect Mark Dilworth said.

By Steve Brown-Dallas News