|Two new floors of office space are planned on top of the original building.|
Monday, August 15, 2016
Historic downtown Brewery building planned for office and apartment redo
Developers have rethought their plans to tear down the historic Brewery building in downtown Dallas.
The 100-plus-year-old building in the West End district will instead be rebuilt as part of a high-rise apartment and office project.
Provident Realty Advisors, which bought the Brewery in 2013, plans to add two floors of office space on top of the four-story existing structure. It will construct an apartment tower and parking garage on the west side.
About 180,000 square feet of office space is planned in the building at Houston and Continental streets next to Victory Park.
The building started life in the 1880s as a home for local beer makers. In the 1980s, it was converted to office space and for a time housed the popular Starck Club nightspot.
For many years it housed a variety of offices and Newport's restaurant on the ground floor.
Provident first planned to knock the building down.
"We cleaned the building out and were getting ready to demolish it," said CEO Leon Backes. "But we stepped back and took another look at it.
"We had office leasing brokers call us to say there has been so much interest in creative office space in the West End and rents have grown," he said. "They convinced us to take another look at saving the building."
Backes said that a hurdle to reusing the Brewery has been the stucco exterior that decades ago was installed over the original red brick.
"The exterior of it has been altered so many times its really unattractive," he said. "We've looked at trying to pull the cement off without pulling the brick off, too.
"The structure itself is very solid -it will support another couple of floors of office space above it."
Provident hopes to restore the original brick exterior on the first four floors and add larger windows.
Architecture Demarest has designed the project.
"We are planning a 15-story apartment building in the parking lot and replace the surface parking in the new parking garage," Backes said. "We will have a courtyard between the Brewery and the new apartments."
Provident is hoping to catch the wave of development of creative office space that's spreading in the West End.
Granite Properties is spending more than $50 million to convert the former West End Marketplace building on Market Street into a 200,000-square-foot office project aimed at high tech and creative firms.
The more than century old building originally housed a cookie and candy factory.
And Crescent Real Estate has purchased several early 20th Century buildings in the West End, which house historic office space.
"We've had some initial interest from tenants," Backes said. "We can offer a pretty cool building at a lot better price point than Uptown.
Written by Steve Brown/Dallas Morning News