Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Developer eyes new high-rise residential for Dallas’ popular West Village neighborhood

The 4-story Gables Turtle Creek apartments on Cole Avenue would be replaced with taller buildings. 












One of the first apartment projects built in what is now Uptown is being eyed for redevelopment.
The Gables Turtle Creek rental community at Cole and Lemmon avenues was built in 1994 and is located across the street from the popular West Village retail complex.
The 232-unit, 4-story apartments were one of the first developments in the Cityplace project.
Since then, the area around the West Village and across Uptown has gone high-rise with increasingly taller buildings.
Developer Gables Residential wants to start tearing down its 22-year-old apartments to replace part of the complex with taller construction.
"This was one of the first projects as part of the West Village and Cityplace development," said Gables' Katy Slade. "It's underbuilt compared to the amount of density allowed there.
"Currently the site is entitled for 378 units," she said. "We've owned it for more than 20 years."
Gables is asking for city approval to build a tower of about 20 stories on part of the 7-acre site. The block fronting along Blackburn Street would remain low-rise construction.
"It's zoned for residential, and we'd be happy to keep it that way or go mixed-use if that's what the community wants," Slade said. "Phase one of our redevelopment would be along Lemmon where there is heavier traffic."
Gables has already begun meetings with residents in the area and is talking with potential architects.
The developer just leased up its Gables McKinney apartment project, an 8-story building at McKinney and Routh with a Whole Foods grocery store on the ground floor.
"This is one of the best neighborhoods in Dallas and more an more people want to be here," Slade said. "It's a natural spot for density.
"This is really a hub for Uptown."
With higher land prices and more interest in the area, recent apartment developments in Uptown have grown much taller.
Just two blocks away from the low-rise buildings Gables wants to tear down, developer Forest City is building a 23-story apartment and hotel tower on Blackburn Street.
Written by Steve Brown/Dallas Morning News