Friday, February 10, 2017

Chase Tower to get face-lift

Owners planning ‘dramatic changes’ at the building’s entry

The curb appeal of one of downtown Dallas’ most recognizable skyscrapers is about to get a reboot.

New owners of the 55-story Chase Tower on Ross Avenue are planning a makeover at the building’s entry.

“We have some pretty dramatic changes coming at Chase Tower,” said Jonathan Landau, CEO of building owner Fortis Property Group. “We want to deliver something that gives you better access to the building.”

Fortis Property, which last year paid an estimated $285 million for the 1.3 millionsquare-foot high-rise, acquired the building after it had been remodeled inside.

Now Landau plans to rework the plaza and entry to make Chase Tower more appealing to visitors, he said.

“We are going to make the plaza in front an extension of the Arts District,” he said. “Right now, it’s not very appealing for arrivals. The building has so much to offer by repositioning the plaza and creating an art component.”

A more open plaza area, landscaping, walkways and a motor drop-off are among the plans for the Ross Avenue side of the tower.

“Because of the way that plaza is now landscaped, it blocks visual and real access to
the front of the building,” Landau said. “Our approach is to open it up.

“We are going to strip clean the entire plaza and start from scratch.”

Landau said the fitness center in the retail rotunda in front of the tower on Ross will be enlarged and moved to the lower level. A restaurant will occupy the monumental rotunda space.

“We plan to bring in a toptier restaurant to the rotunda, which it was initially designed for,” Landau said. “It’s a prime location and absolutely beautiful space.”

Landau said he’s almost done with the designs for the plaza renovations and plans to start construction in the coming months. Dallas architect BOKA Powell is handling the project.

Steve Brown/The Dallas Morning News